Indie Music

Indie Music


The term ‘Indie’ was first used in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s, as a short form for ‘independent’. In a music scene dominated by major record companies, independent music was an act of defiance against mainstream culture. However, in the 1970s, Indie music was thrust to the forefront of the music scene with the emergence of bands such as The Sex Pistols, Clash, and Ramones. Indie music was gaining such a huge following that in 1980, the first UK Indie Chart was launched, and in 1989, the Reading Festival showcased an all-Indie line-up. By the 1990s and 2000s, the lines of Indie and mainstream music grew blurred, especially with the commercial success of the Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, and the Libertines.


Over the years, the term ‘Indie’ has evolved to mean something other than the original rebellious, sub-culture, ‘do-it-yourself’ aesthetic. According to some critics, ‘Indie’ nowadays just refers to the method of production (i.e., produced independently from major commercial record labels). However, some music lovers maintain that the Indie philosophy is still very much alive, and that “if you can maintain authenticity and integrity over your art”, you deserve the label ‘Indie’.


In recent years, the Singapore music scene has seen both a resurgence of activity, and the emergence of many new and talented local artists. Learn more about your favourite local music acts through MusicSG’s interview with some of Singapore’s outstanding indie musicians. Watch the trailer below, where we feature an interesting mix of fresh faces and established artists who have created their own unique sound and identity.

For the full interview with these musicians, check out their individual artist pages, and listen to their original music for a delicious taste of local talent. All these available here:

The Analog Girl 

Charles J. Tan

Charlie Lim 

Inch Chua

Jack and Rai


ShiGGa Shay

The Full-Pledge Munkees

The Pinholes

The Sam Willows


West Grand Boulevard

Zero Sequence