An indie band makes music on their own or on a very small record company, not with a large recording label. Your favorite indie group probably makes most of its money from touring, rather than by selling its music online.

Pop musicians who record songs independently of major labels are indie, and indie filmmakers work with small budgets and unknown actors, rather than large, well-funded film companies. The adjective is also sometimes used simply to mean "simple," "not commercial," or "outside of the mainstream." Indie, a shortened form of independent, has been around since about 1920, originally referring to movies, and by 1945 it was also used for music labels.

Definitions of indie
  1. adjective
    (of pop groups) not affiliated with a major recording company
    free from external control and constraint
  2. noun
    a pop group not affiliated with a major record company
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    type of:
    pop group
    a group that plays pop music
  3. noun
    an independent film company not associated with an established studio
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    type of:
    film company
    a company that makes, advertises, and distributes movies
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