Indie Music is the platform for all unsigned, unheard, unmentioned souls in the bottomless pit that is the music scene. There is an infinitude of talent out there, that could only end with the ceasing of the human race… and even then, there might be some atmospheric remains of pure talent left. So talent, yes. It’s not a requirement (unfortunately) in the music world, but it certainly helps when climbing out of the hole of the unknown. But it takes something else, something more personal and fragile to make your mark on the music scene- or at least to make your mark on the listeners willing to hear what you have to say/play.
Indie music lovers can sense the sincerity and heart of the musician that is truly giving all they have.
Like a shark senses blood, music lovers can sense the sincerity and heart of the musician that is truly giving all they have. Physical and temporal sacrifice is certainly one thing, but the mental factor is a whole different world of offering. You can tell immediately when you hear a song- which one is a good one, which is a catchy one- and which is a glimpse into the soul of the artist(s). Sometimes it’s experienced through that crushing voice, dripping in emotion, or via the perfect combination of instruments and talents, crashing together to make a unique piece of art that is unmistakably pure. It doesn't require that one in a million voice or some savant on the cello to rope in listeners… If you create from the heart what you’re most passionate about, what really drives you and inspires you (for better or worse) there is always a group of listeners out there to relate. The world may be large, but the things we go through are relatively unexceptional. Even the strangest of physical and mental diseases aren't singular in their existence- there’s always someone else out there going through the same thing. So when you bring up topics that are close to home (i.e. Laurence and the topic of Mental Health)- there’s bound to be a plethora of listeners and empathizers out there who want to hear… who need to hear what you have to say (or play).
And so goes the power of Independent music and its tradition. The artists are still driven by inspiration, still creating what is most blessed to them. In most of the Weekly Podcast episodes, these soul-saturated songs are anything but scarce. Sincerity and the personal factor are ripe, overflowing, and exactly what listeners love/want to hear, whether expressed in words or even riffs.
Indie artists: Sing about what moves you.
After making your first billion frankfurters, perhaps then you'll be forced to throw away your love and trade it in for songs about high school football and romance (or whatever is selling at the time). But for now, sing about what moves you, play the songs that leak out of your fingers, follow the trails of desire towards whatever crazy, wacky road it leads you down- regardless of trends and interests. Perhaps you’re mixing baritone sax, violin and beats, or singing harmony with bagpipes and looped drum tracks. So long as it’s your passion, so long as it’s the earnest music that we, the listener, actually want to hear- there’s bound to be a good response. For the tired musicians, the lazy lot who only want to create more noise to add to their playlists… we may still be listening to it, but we know what’s going on. For the rest, we salute you.