I have been away from Indie for quite sometime, and apon my return I noticed that there isn't a Guideline for Making Sucessful Threads here. Apon further introspection, I thought it might be helpful to some of you to have one.
...Please feel free to drop me a line, post your sugesstions, comments, or just say Hi...
Have Fun! If you're excited about sharing a new band with everyone, let us know!
Link, Link, Link (and I don't mean as in Zelda...) We love links. Tell us where to find their site, or articles about them. We want Links to where we can hear this band. I'm not suggesting breaking any Piracy Laws here, but be creative...
Use pictures, we all want to see what your Band looks like, and everyone can agree they make a thread about Music more appealing.
Tell us why you like said Band, what draws them to you? Is it their style, genre, or becuase they're totally original? Inquiring minds want to know.
Interact; don't let your thread die ~> although I cannot stress this too much: please do not bump in any Music forum. ---> Find a way to keep your thread going. Adding updates such as when new albums might be coming out, a tour, or other such information. Post recent pictures of live shows, ect. Try things like posting new song links or lineup changes, whatever works...
What is an example of an Indie Record label?
I've found this helpful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_record_labels
...Make frivolous topics. Sometimes there are places for random threads created in fun, but starting a topic called, "Yo! Check out this band!11" doesn't tend to work. You might grab our attention for a minute, but in the end we're usually left with an empty feeling in the pit of our stomachs and loosing faith in the intelligence of the World. Lesson? To create a successful thread, start with an on-topic and informative title.
...Start a hate thread. Yes, making fun of silly teen bands and certain types of pop music can be fun and gratifying for all, but this is not the place for it.
Well, i got one suggestion for people...Don't make threads about main stream bands. If they're mainstream, they are not indie....
Examples of mainstream bands
Fall Out Boy
My Chemical Romance
Those are bands I hear people calling indie bands, if they get on a station like FUSE or MTV, they aren't indie.
Please refer to the description of this forum. "Discuss Independently released music or musical acts not yet signed to a major label." Indie is short for independent. It has everything to do with the status of a record label and nothing to do with how popular a band is or if it is played in MTV. Hawthorne Heights and Atreyu are both on Victory Records. Independent. My Chemical Romance is on Warner Brother, so yes, they are mainstream.
Arguing about this is pointless. For the sake of this forum, artists that are on an independent label are allowed to be discussed here and artists who are on mainstream labels are not. Their popularity doesn't matter.