Thursday, February 3, 2011

Underground, Indie and Unsigned.

I'm going to say it right now: most mainstream music isn't that good. I've never been able to keep up with Top 40 songs, since I mainly listen to satellite radio. In fact, I had never heard "Baby" by Justin Bieber until a random segment played in between skits at a student-run comedy show a couple weeks ago. I just like to follow the logic that I'd rather randomly hear it on the radio rather than specifically search for the song, to find out that I don't like it. Unfortunately, there are those people who just buy the #1 song because it's the #1 song, no other reason.

This brings me to my next point: unknown bands. It is already known that it takes a lot of talent to get signed. Hey, it takes a lot of talent to even get noticed these days. So you can imagine what it's like for bands on independent, or Indie labels go through. They want to be the next biggest thing but at the time the only label that will sign them is some startup label from some town nobody's heard of. So they take the opportunity, and soon they get known as the newest thing on the New Music Radar on Sirius XM's station Alt Nation. They could have a perfectly good song receiving good reviews, yet 99% of the world probably will never hear of them in their lifetime. Which is why people should listen to more Indie music, so they can get their name out there. Just think about a band such as Kings of Leon. 5 years ago, you could've asked almost anyone if they knew about KoL, and the response would've been "Who?" I remember when my dad told me about them and how he got their CD. He had heard them on the radio earlier that day and thought they were good enough to get a CD of theirs. It was Aha Shake Heartbreak, and my father and I still listen to it. But they were able to get that attention that got them to where they are today. Now, before you all go off about Indie music and not listening to it and all, well, there's more to Indie than just Indie rock. For each genre, there's its Indie equivalent. Some of it is called underground, so look for underground music, too.

In conclusion, give a lot of support to these Indie and unsigned bands. they might not be to the attention level they want, or they may have more attention than they need, who knows. So go check out an unsigned show. If you like them, chances are, you can meet them and maybe one day, you'll be friends with famous musicians. Oh, and in speaking of unsigned bands, be sure to check out a couple unsigned artists that I highly recommend. Check out Static Reply, a band that kinda reminds me a bit of Blink-182. But they are really good and deserve to get signed. Then, check out Davis Anson. He's a really good friend of mine and I think he's pretty good. Both of these artists you can find easily through either Facebook or MySpace. Until next time, music lovers.


  1. Have you ever heard of Bon Iver or Fleet Foxes? They are more Folk than indie, but still good. I love discovering bands that either I haven't heard of nor anyone around me has heard of, like Gorky's Zygotic Mynci.

  2. Yes, I've heard of both of Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes. I actually got the opportunity to see Fleet Foxes live at Lollapalooza a couple years ago. I recognize the name Bon Iver, but I'm not sure I've listened to them. And no, I've not heard of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci. But yes, I too love finding bands nobody knows about. Recently I've discovered Japandroids and Warpaint. Two very interesting bands.