19 Jul '11, 7am

VIEWPOINT Why are Singapore indie acts being sidelined?

IT'S no big revelation to state that the music industry worldwide has gone through huge changes since the advent of the Internet. And thanks to that, it seems the time has come for indie bands (I use this term to encompass all types of music that are basically non- mainstream; the kind lauded by websites such as Pitchfork, and which feature prominently in festivals such as Coachella, Glastonbury and SXSW). As a member of a home-grown band, I can safely say that, although the public is more aware than before of the indie band, there are sparse opportunities for them to be seen and heard. Take, for example, the $1.5-million SingaPop! concert announced recently. Its line-up doesn't include any local indie bands, many of which have had significant followings and radio airplay from the 1990s to the present. On the Internet, there is a breathtaking range of musical options waiti...

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