Independent Artists

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As in any country of the world, the japanese music market too has its niche dedicated to the indie scene, made of many independent groups and bands that aren’t signed with major labels. Though, the Indie scene in Japan is seriously huge: Many great artists compose this part of the industry, and even though you won’t see them in charts or in TV shows and commercials, it’ll still be easy for you to follow and see them live thanks to the help of social networks. These bands don’t have strict contracts like major artists, so it’s not unusual to see them releasing albums and singles with no constant timing: Usually, they’re just normal people doing regular jobs and doing music only for passion, even though the ones who make it through the mainstream market are the most active and constant ones.

This list contains all sorts of artists and genres, so all the groups you’ll see down here aren’t associated musically, but only by their state of musical independence. There are many great acts worth following, so be sure to check them out according to your favorite genre!


Recommended Independent Artists:

– Yanagi Nagi (J-pop)
– otori (Punk / Noise)
– Boredoms (Rock / Noise)
– Pens+ (J-rock)
– Atlantis Airport (J-rock)
– Hotel New Tokyo (Rock / Synth-rock)
– LITE (Math Rock / Post Rock)
– tè (Post Rock)
– Mouse on Keys (Post Rock / Jazz)
– 3nd (Math Rock / Post Rock)
– miaou (Post Rock)
– tricot (J-rock / Post Punk)
– Soutaiseririon (J-rock)
– Rick Rack (J-rock)
– Fox Capture Plan (Fusion / Instrumental)
– mono (J-rock / Instrumental)
– envy (Screamo / Hardcore Punk)
– Boris (Avant-garde Metal)
– Ling Tosite Sigure (Indie Rock / Math Rock)

– World’s end girlfriend (Ambient / Classical / Electronic)
– Tentenko (Electronic / Experimental / Noise)
– Avec avec (Electronic)
– de de mouse (Electronic)
– Seiho (Electronic)