..but what about the Indie Personality?

It seems we Indie fans have been left out…again. Nevermind that Indie has earned mainstream recognition through Indie bands gone mainstream (like Death Cab for Cutie and the Decemberists), and nevermind that movies like Juno and the upcoming Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist rely on Indie music….

…but, a new study has defined personality through music taste.

Apparently, classical and jazz enthusiasts are creative, pop fans are hardworkers, and heavy metal fans are, get ready for this, “gentle”.

But what about Indie fans? Since Indie can overlap between pop, heavy rock, and even jazz, do we fit somewhere in between? Are we gentle hardworkers who are creative? Maybe we’re something else?

If I had to put my vote in, I’d say Indie music fans are motivated. A personality theorist I used to be a ghostwriter for believed that personality could be reduced to 4 main core drivers: Drive for power, closeness or intimacy, fun, and peace or absence of conflict. Now, these don’t really translate into the music personality theory reported above, and I don’t think you can say all Indie enthusiasts are motivated by power, or intimacy, or even fun…but I do think you’d find that Indie enthusiasts have common personality traits like motivations for uniqueness, to be different, hardworking (as in driven to get what they want, not as in working 60 hour weeks), and committed.

In other words, I’d sum up the main Indie personality trait as “driven”.

What do you think?

Test your Indie Acumen! Indie Personality Test v. 1

OK, so this is something that has been in the works for months…taking up my thoughts and replacing what I should be doing–writing my doctoral dissertation. In the end, I gave in and decided to go for it…

Have you ever wondered how “Indie” you are? Are you a grass-grazer, bandwaggoner, or Indie Guru? Maybe you’re a closet Indie fan. Take the Indie Personality Test and find out.

Truth be told, I used to be a ghostwriter for a best-selling author who wrote books on personality, and put together one of those color personality tests. I decided to do something similar, based on Indie as a lifestyle. Visit the page and see how you stack up!

Note: It’s a work in progress, and I plan on updating it as need be.