INDIE SLANG

DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

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Broad term for any digital recorder that acts as a virtual studio. These typically offer a combination of software that acts as a mixing console and hardware that acts as microphone input and pre-amp.


LP

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LP Refers to a Long Playing album. This traditionally refers exclusively to the standard 33 1/3 rpm vinyl records, which contain about 5 or 6 tracks per side. It’s now commonly used also as a catch-all for referring to an album. As the album transitioned from the LP to the cassette and then to the […]


DIY (Do It Yourself)

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DIY (Do It Yourself) DIY is an acronym for the phrase Do It Yourself. It explains not only the tactics used by indie bands to get their music out there, but also the attitude that many of them embody. While the Internet has made DIY tactics easier to do, it has also made it harder […]


GIG

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GIG Gig is a term commonly used by musicians with reference to their performances. A gig is any type of performance with audience. You might say you have a gig when you have a show to play. When a musician or band is playing multiple shows in one location or is currently touring, the term […]


GROUPIE

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GROUPIE (GROUPY) 1. A fan of a rock group who usually follows the group around on concert tours. 2. An admirer of a celebrity who attends as many of his or her public appearances as possible. Example: The term groupie can have negative or dirty connotations outside of the simple admiration of a band. A […]


SRO (STANDING ROOM ONLY)

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SRO (STANDING ROOM ONLY) SRO is an acronym for Standing Room Only. It refers to an event that is so well-attended that all of the chairs in the venue are occupied, leaving only flat spaces for attendees to stand. SRO is the accepted… and generally only way to see a indie show in San Francisco. […]


EPK (ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT)

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EPK (ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT) An electronic press kit (EPK) is a press kit equivalent in electronic form. In business, electronic press kits are more commonly referred to as online or electronic media kits. They are used to promote artists and businesses via mass media. A press kit is a packaged set of promotional materials, such […]


SOUNDCHECK

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SOUNDCHECK A soundcheck is an activity that takes place before a performance. The performer and the sound crew (or “soundguy”)(or “soundgirl) run through a small portion of the upcoming show on the venue’s sound system. The goal is to make sure that the sound in the venue’s “Front Of House” (FOH) and stage monitor sound […]


MERCH

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mer⋅chan⋅dise
–noun
1. the manufactured goods bought and sold in any business.
2. the stock of goods in a store.
3. goods, esp. manufactured goods; commodities.


SHOEGAZE

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SHOEGAZE (SHOEGAZING) 1. A style of rock music that emerged in England in the late 80s that featured blisteringly loud and dreamily reverberated feedback. Recently revived by electronic bands like M83 and Ulrich Schnauss. Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive are good shoegazer bands. 2. To play an instrument (especially a guitar) with one’s head […]