Micro-essays by Philip Dhingra

On Indie Music

If the progression goes from indie to hipster, the next logical step is amateur.

Myspace killed indie music. Indie was the purview of the connoisseur who lived near independent record stores and hip coffee shops that supported local acts. To the average music lover, the indie music aficionado had magical powers, always finding novel gems unheard of on the radio or MTV. When Myspace started surfacing obscure acts, physical access no longer became the limiting factor in acquiring music snobbery.