November 07, 2005

Why do I hear music right now?

Oh, no worries. Nothing dangerous here, haha! On some browsers, you may be able to hear music when you arrive at Indie Music Center. Have a look at the bottom of the page: it's the Indie Music Center's Radio, playing our best features 24/7 :) Of course, you can stop it if you'd like to listen to the songs when you're reading our reviews.

The concept

Quality before quantity. We hate metrics. We even remove manually ghost Instagram followers to make sure our artists benefit from the most engaged audience. And you'll learn more by reading this article. The platform is focused on powerful emotions. So you'll be able to listen to incredible music here.

The platform

???????? ???????? ???????? France, Spain & UK

????‍♂️????‍♀️????‍♀️????‍♂️Niko, Marjo, Luna, and Dov

???? 5K faithful monthly readers in 142 countries

???? Facebook: between 130K and 200K accounts reached monthly

???? Instagram: between 200K and 400K accounts reached monthly

???? Twitter: between 15K & 20K monthly impressions

???? Radio: 2K listeners every month, 13K since the beginning (Sept 2020).

What will you find here?

????  Articles/reviews

???? Spotify playlists

???? Social media shares

???? A radio station

We try to spread indie music everywhere. So be sure to follow us on social media and follow our Spotify playlists. Because we don't write reviews for all the songs that we include in our Spotify playlists. And on the other hand, we're not sharing on social media every little change we make. And we're updating the website like... 10 times a day! So don't forget to follow us everywhere, so you will never miss THE song!

A special relationship with musicians

Thanks to this video, you will understand the kind of relationships we're used to build with our featured artists.

????‍♂️ The creator

Well, I'm Niko. I'm a music passionate since I'm born, I guess! I want you to find here the best possible artists so it's not a problem for me to wake up in the middle of the night to chat with them.

My dad was a musician, and I was rocked with synthesizer ballads all day long...

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I live in a house in the middle of the swamps, with migrating birds, storks, and near the forest and the ocean! My girlfriend and I are in South West France, next to Oleron Island and La Rochelle. Well, if it doesn't ring a bell, you probably know more about "Bordeaux". Yes, where we produce wine haha. And Luna comes from Tenerife (Spain).

While my real job was mostly in call centers or stupid office jobs, I also used to work as a volunteer for 20 years in the music industry. I mean more than 10 years in different FM radio stations. I used to own more than 30 online radio stations. I created a lot of websites, both in English and French. I've written and recorded more than 300 songs (in French, or in English with a French accent that I will never be able to get rid of haha). And...  I wanted to create something unique. A kind of portal, where you could find everything about indie music at the same place. So I've quit my job. And now, my main activity is to listen to music and write reviews for you to discover amazing songs. I also do the mixing & mastering stuff for some of my favorite artists. I also give them some tips to help them to grow or to manage their social media correctly. And that's true, I really enjoy creating videos to promote their music on social media. So you're sure that you won't miss any reviews. Well. That's a lot of stuff, to be honest! I need almost 90 minutes of work to share ONE song. But after all, isn't it the best job in the world, ever? It was not easy to reach that happiness level. I had to quit my job. I cut my salary in half for the love of indie music. I'm not earning a single buck with this blog. I would rather say that I lose a lot! But honestly, I don't care, as I'm much happier than before. Want to know more? Let's discover now how did it all start!

???? The 10 dreams story

???? 1997 ➡️ Very young radio presenter

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When I was 10, I had a cassette set. And horrible clothes, I agree. I was doing interviews with my friends at school. Sometimes we talked about dinosaurs, sometimes about the Spice Girls. But without even know it, at that time, I've always had a dream. Sharing people's adventures through a microphone.

???? 2001 ➡️ Teen radio presenter

Dream#1 achieved. I'm only 14. And I have my own radio show on a local FM radio to promote indie music. And my show is called "Pop'N'RocK". I was already doing mixing and mastering in the radio studio, and a lot of local musicians wanted to work with "The Radio Teen" to record their music. Pushing buttons. Shaking hands. Sometimes watching a screen. When you're young, that's pretty cool!

???? 2005 ➡️ Bigger project

My radio show was doing good. I was 18 and became a student. And... one day, I had a dream. Why not creating, inside the campus, a 24/7 online web radio to promote indie music and, of course, bands from the campus? Well. I woke up. Started to work on it for 3 months. Dream#2 achieved. "Pop'N'rocK Radio" was born. And I used to play awesome Indie bands from this era, like Franz Ferdinand, The Kooks, and some others. It lasted for 12 years, which is huge for an online radio station! It brought me thousands of contacts from Artists, Bands, Labels, Blogs, and it was a fantastic adventure. I also hired awesome volunteer writers, from all around the world (UK, Brazil, Netherlands, United States, France, Australia, Slovakia). But it was only a passion, as my real job was to work in call centers. Sometimes I was a volunteer in bigger radio stations. In 2010, I gave up everything I had to go to the other side of the country: I needed to live on the coast and I was like suffocating in the inland. Well, that dual life really brought me a lot of good things... But not only.  It also allowed me to meet in 2011 the most faithful listener, who became my GF. Thanks to Dream#2, I achieved Dream#3. Finding love. And her love for indie music is still here, you will learn more in a few seconds, below.

???? 2015 ➡️ Back to FM radio basics

I'm back on a local FM radio station to promote local artists (not only in music). Let's see below how it ended up.

???? 2016 ➡️ Parenthesis

Unfortunately, something happened to my Dream#3. My girlfriend had cancer. My whole world fell apart, and I've put the online radio aside. She needed me more than ever, and after all, musicians will still be here in a few months. So Pop'N'rocK radio started to decrease and slowly died. But I have no regrets. My lover was more important than anything on this planet.

???? 2017 ➡️ Music For Your Heart

My GF is now okay, she recovered very quickly, thanks to heavy but effective treatment. We can talk about a cure in 2021, but for the moment, all is well. And I had one more night with a crazy dream: creating a blog. I woke up. Made a decision. And bam. Goodbye Pop'N'rocK radio. I started a blog, called "Music For Your Heart". For me, a good song must bring us powerful emotions and chills. Far from the high rotations of FM radios that pollute all the countries, and that kills the creativity of artists, we wanted to show that the world of music is now very big (thanks to the Internet, that's true) and that in reality, the media confine us to less than 1% of what exists. And what exists elsewhere is much better than what we are flabbergasted every 2 hours on the radio waves. This blog brought me even more contact in the show-business world, especially with famous record labels. Dream#4 achieved. But I wasn't really happy with the name. Loads of people were not able to remember or write it properly.

???? 2019 ➡️ The turn

I went crazy. I was fed up with everything. Fed up with my oppressive work. Fed up with my mother who lied to me for 30 years about my father and my whole family, whom she deprived me of for 12 years. Fed up with my apartment in the city center where you can hear drunk men hitting their wives. Even if my GF and my blog were the only things that kept me alive, it wasn't enough anymore. A lot of things must be changed. So I created the Indie Music Center. A place dedicated to indie music. For indie music fans, first, to find all the best indie songs at one glance. And then, for artists, to find all the tools they need to promote their music. In September, I realized that the FM radio station wasn't funny anymore. It's not like in 2001 when you had something to do, like playing CDs, pushing a lot of buttons. Now you just list your songs and jingles on a screen and it's playing automatically. How boring is that? And you have to respect some rules, like playing the same commercial sh** every 2 hours. And hearing 75 times a week the same ads. Rotting people's lives with 35 minutes of advertising per hour. Wooooot?! Not my values. I've quit. Dream#5 achieved. With my faithful listener of Dream#3, still here 8 years later, we started looking at listings for houses for sale. We found a house in the countryside. Perfect. Let's buy it! Dream#6 achieved. In November, it was time to also quit that job in the national healthcare system, where I'm taken for a fool, getting contradictory orders every hour. Where I had to put up with the smell of piss and poo from my 70-year-old colleague. I've quit. Dream#7 achieved.

???? 2020 ➡️ Now dedicated to Indie Music full-time

My girlfriend (my most faithful listener) and I moved into the house in swamps, with migrating birds, and near the forest and the ocean! The Indie Music Center can now have its own office. In February, the blog reached, to our great surprise, the number 1 position in the world in terms of quality, among more than 1,100 outlets. A real consecration that we owe to the more than 1,3K artists who have entrusted us with their promotion for 3 years. In March, we never had so many visits to the blog. This world is going crazy, everyone is under lockdown. So it's kinda logical that people want to escape thanks to incredible music. They're more than welcome! In September, Indie Music Radio was born, after a few months of hard work (creating and producing jingles, remastering almost 500 songs. It plays the artist I've written about. 24/7. The radio like I wish it was in real life haha. Then, in November, I had a dream. Again. I dreamed about colors on my website. So when I woke up, I decided to put a color on each musical genre to make your discoveries easier to find: blue for indie pop, orange for indie folk, yellow for indie rock. The Indie Music Radio now has its own color: purple. And what a change. Thanks to those new colors, I can now reach 300K people monthly on our social media with ultra-targeted campaigns for our artists. Dream#9 achieved.

???? 2021 ➡️ What's next?

The team is growing up again and I'm very glad and proud to welcome Luna Keller. She's really fantastic. I met her maybe 2 years ago. She's an amazing Singer-Songwriter and quickly became a super friend. I already hosted on the blog since 2020 her great podcast "Why Doesn't Everyone Know These Songs?". And I've featured all of her singles since last year. She brought new perspectives, and a new way of seeing things, by her young age (remember I'm almost 34 now, and in the digital world, it's quite old haha). She's a bit like me, having thousands of ideas a second. But without us even realizing it, it was obvious that Luna and her musical tastes quite similar to mine (we're both die-hard Coldplay fans) were going to end up on the blog. This is why you can now take advantage since the beginning of January of her own column, called "Artist Pick". Welcome to the team, Luna! Also, Indie Music Center's Radio is doing pretty well. We reached the 9,000 listeners milestone. Also, we're teaming up with Indie Top 39, an amazing music blog to create for you another incredible user experience. You can learn more under the Radio menu, in the "Programs" section!

On March 2021, we reached a thousand reviews on the blog, which is insane.

On April 13th of 2021, the Indie Music Center's Radio reached 10 000 listeners since its beginning on September 2020.

We're organizing a special week to celebrate 1000 reviews and 10 000 listeners from April 19th to April 25th 2021. With exceptional interviews on the radio, a brand new Spotify Playlist (the best songs we shared until now) and also... we rebranded. Loads of work but it worth it! You deserve the best, so we try to give you the best possible experience.

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The horizon looks brighter now. And I think I'll continue to follow my dreams. Waiting for Dream#10 :)