Originally Posted by Lunatique
That was pretty effing epic.
S. Korea is an extremely mainstream/commercial pop-oriented society, and I wonder how the average person in Korea feels about indie, underground, niche genre music? Do they just not give a damn and think it's all just too weird?
And with S. Korean being a relatively shallow/materialistic society, I'm sure all the underground bands there have a lot to rebel against.
Slowly changing. Earlier this year indie band Busker Busker dominated most of the digital charts. Not to mention they sold as much as popular idol groups. Recent comeback of Nell was hailed by the media as one of the biggest comeback of the year.
As for media wise, it's slowly improving. In the early 2000's throughout mid 2000's, Yoon Do Hyun's Love Letter was prime example of having indie artists on one of the most viewed tv program. Followed by EBS 스페이스 공감, Sketchbook, and many more. Audition shows like Super Star K helped a bit too by popularizing Busker Busker and few other singer-songwriters such as Jang Jae In.
Another show that comes to mind is MBC 대학가요제 and TOP BAND. Both has contributed spreading indie acts and singer-songwriters.
As for award wise, nowadays KMA is cream of the corp.
Indie has their own place, with decent amount of people supporting it. I am not too worried about current state of Korean music industry but at the same time it needs to cut down on the overwhelming amount of idol groups.
Edited by Bokyung - 8/4/12 at 2:56pm