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Being Independent is truly the “IN” thing.” – The Coming-Age of Independent Recording Labels

Filed under: Uncategorized — 4everyoung at 11:13 pm on Friday, October 29, 2010

It’s amazing how history tends to repeat itself. Today, we are witnessing many talented artists establishing their own independent label, to then be picked up by a major label; some examples are Def Jam and Roca-a-fella records. I say this, because in the early 1940’s, according to Milard, many independent labels began to emerge. Just to name a few, Appollo Records was formed in 1943, King Records was formed in 1944, and Chess Records was formed in 1947. Although middle-class whites were usually the ones establishing many of these independent labels, Trumpet Records, Red Robin Records, and Duke Peacock Records were created by “black entrepreneurs”. What’s more fascinating about the coming-age of independent recording labels, is the interesting fact that Atlantic Records, founded in 1947 by Herb Abrahamson and Ahmet Ertegun is still around today! Good job for Atlantic Records right?

Thank goodness for independent recording labels. Millard clearly states that independent recording labels took “the lead” when it came to “race music” (today race music is better known as Rhythm and Blues). Can you image if independent recording companies never came to exist? We probably wouldn’t have had The Temptations, no Aretha Franklin, definitely no Patti Labelle, certainly no Tina Turner, and probably no Jackson 5. Who agrees with me that sometimes dancing to the beat of your own drum is a good thing? I don’t know about you, but I love me some Tina!

I believed being independent is the smartest thing one can do. What’s so unique and impressive about music labels that decided to become independent were the risk that they took. When Rock-n-roll music came onto the scene many major labels found this style of music not to be so “mainstream”. Once again, independent labels went against the majority, took a different style of music and made it one of today’s most popular music. Its 2010 and Rock-n-roll music is in a class of its own; its definitely mainstream music today if you ask me. One more time for independent record labels!

Just as the title of my blog states, “Being “Independent is truly the “IN” thing.” Sometimes, going against the norm is normal. Sometimes, opening up to change is a GREAT thing. And, sometimes not being dependent on others is the BEST thing on can do. Are you “IN” for being INDEPENDENT?

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October 30, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

I agree with you. Thank God for independent record labels! I can’t imagine a music industry with out Aretha or Tina. I am a rock junkie when it comes to music. I love most of its sub-genres, but i love indie music, and some of my favorite artists come from independent labels. I couldn’t imagine getting through some of my teen years with out my favorite band who happens to of been on a independent label. So much of the music that I love was on independent labels, and i just want to agree with you and thank them.



October 31, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

Great points! Independent music is the best music out there, in my opinion. Like Sara said above, getting through the teenage years would have been near impossible if not for some of my favorite bands (see The Libertines for example- they are fabulous). Not only would we not have had bands like the Jackson 5 and singers like Tina Turner (my mom’s favorite), but today some of the best “unusual” music around would not exist. Thank heavens for the indies because without them, the world would be truly lacking great art.


   Lisa K

October 31, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

I love independent labels because they are the ones that pick up the under dogs and underground artists. Indie, alternative, and all of that. Your question of if Independent Labels were never to exist never crossed my mind ever before. You are right as we would never have had such amazing songs and classics if all we had were the huge corporate music labels. When artists also make their own label they just become a power house, it’s crazy!



November 1, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

Atlantic Records is the model of success for the “indies”. The independents are the wave of life fueled with pure originality and creativity in the music industry. God knows what would happen if “indies” were obsolete.

I feel that its fine to listen to mainstream music but people should definitely give more time and appreciation and to listen to the independents. The “indies” deserve more credit and recognition just as much (or even more) than the majorities do.


   robert shemanski

November 11, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

I agree with you 100 %. I grew up listening to independent music my whole life. I love the temptations and the Jackson 5. Imagine a world without Michael Jackson is the music industry. I feel today it is hard for independent record labels to stay in existence. The bigger record labels have access to better equipment in the studio and have more money to spend on marketing and advertising campaigns. However, I feel it is important to have independent record labels because it gives new style of music a chance to come alive where bigger record companies are just looking for the next Rihanna. We already saw that and want to hear new original music.
Independent record labels give us that opportunity to go beyond your expectations and have fun creating your own style of music which is cool because its original work that has not been seen yet.



December 13, 2010 @ 12:07 am

I support independent music to the fullest. Independent artists work the hardest and really love what they are doing. Im an indie artist right now and have been a slave to a major label already and im alot happier being independent and make way more money independently. You just have to work 5 times harder to create a career with longevity.

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