I ceased listening to (the majority of) mainstream music when I grew bored of its lackluster lyrics and frustrated that an overabundance of songs sounded strangely…well, s i m i l a r. By embracing indie music and speaking with a number of emerging independent artists, I’ve come to learn that the greatest disparity between mainstream musicians and their indie peers (across multiple genres) isn’t necessarily a matter of talent but a matter of WHAT is being created. While many mainstream artists are molded to...