About

November 07, 2005

[5 minute read]

Indie Music Center (IMC) is an innovative concept made to give you goosebumps. The platform brings together podcasts and reviews focused on independent music. The majority of fresh content is shared through short reviews (yes, short, because we know you don't want to spend 20 minutes reading something you will have forgotten tomorrow), and we then complete your user experience with some podcasts. At Indie Music Center, we all think that quality is always better than quantity. And only human and real relationships count. You may fall in love with loads of talented musicians through this platform. Don't hesitate to reach out to these artists, they're all reachable easily thanks to the social media logos you will find in all our reviews. Always remember that a "like" or 2 emojis as a comment is not a conversation, it's a simple connexion with a very low value. But you can DM those artists just to start up a conversation and say that you loved their music. You don't know how valuable a real conversion can be for them! So... Be ready to show them some love! :)

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The story of IMC

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Hi everyone, I'm Nicolas Pirson (for the French version), or Nick Pearson (for the American version) - yes, "This Is Us" stole my name! I was there first! People also use to call me Niko to make it shorter. I'm the founder and editor-in-chief of IMC. I'm working around music for more than 20 years. I've been a radio presenter. I've recorded more than 300 songs which are still hidden in a hard disk drive (because my passion is to share the music of others rather than my own).

I was "different"

I was born in France in 1987 with a double cleft lip and palate, and the doctors told my parents that I could never speak. It seems they were wrong because, at the age of 14, I sat behind a microphone on a real FM radio. I was bullied at school for so many years, and the radio studio was a wonderful refuge, to show what I was capable of, without people being able to see me. But my schoolmates were really in awe of what I was doing on the radio, "as the grown-ups", and they suddenly stopped making fun of me and became my first fans. Surprisingly, I wasn't "different" anymore. I've always hidden behind humor, and I won an eloquence contest when I was 15 and I made hundreds of people laugh without really realizing it.

To people or musicians who are lacking self-confidence, who feel mocked or rejected because they are in their bubble: trust yourself. Just because you're told you're different doesn't mean you won't be able to do what you love. And just like I did, I wish you nail their beak with your talent.

From radio waves to IMC

So... I first started promoting indie music to FM radio listeners in 2001, when I was... 14! At that time, I was only doing this to help some of my favorite local bands. My interviews were full of jokes and funny games, because as I was different, I always wanted to make things differently, probably to catch people's attention and show what I was able to do. Then created my own online radio station (called "Pop'N'rocK Radio") in 2005 when I was a student. And I realized the power of the internet. The radio quickly crossed the borders and made these musicians reach another audience outside of their own country. While I kept on being active on several FM radio stations across my country, even big ones, my online radio station became a whole platform, and I started writing reviews about the songs I was used to playing on the radio. I was born as someone who wasn't supposed to speak French properly, and I started spending my days working in English with musicians from all over the world. I had to pause the project for a year in 2016 when my GF got cancer. My fights are always like this: 100% or nothing.

A real and growing community

When we knew she was out of danger, I came back to the project in 2017. And I needed something more than just writing reviews. I really wanted to help people to find peaceful and beautiful music, and also help musicians to connect with each other. I wanted my readers to be able to reach out to the musicians they love easily. So it became much more than a blog, I wanted it to be a community. I wanted indie music to be the center of their lives. I wanted the platform to be a kind of center where you can find everything about indie music at the same place. That's how I came up with the name "Indie Music Center". Musicians submitted 10K+ songs to IMC and it quickly became difficult to manage alone. So at the beginning of 2021, Luna Keller, a wonderful singer-songwriter from Germany joined us and brought a younger and fresher point of view to IMC. We started hosting her podcast "Why Doesn't Everyone Know These Songs" on the platform, while it's still played on several radio stations, including ours. We were then joined by Joe Pope in June 2021, another amazing artist from Atlanta, who loves talking and writing about music and musicians, who enlarged this wonderful team.

In April 2021, we celebrated 1000 reviews with a special week of celebration, including special interviews with some of our IMC Family members

Today

On IMC, we have loads of returning readers every month, from 142 countries, to read our reviews, written with our hearts. Our community is one of the most engaged. Building honest and true relationships will always be our priority.

Tomorrow

At the end of 2022, we plan to start a podcast to help you to build a real relationship with our artists. And we also want them to be able to tell their stories. 

Are you ready to get goosebumps thanks to Indie Music?

A special relationship with musicians

The only way to know the investment and the love we put into this is to get to know us. Who else could talk about our love for independent music than some of the IMC Family artists themselves?

I'm a musician and would love to submit my music to IMC!

Sure. We're looking forward to hearing your music! Hit the submit button in the menu and send us your music! You can do it for free via our submission form, or you can go for a submission through SubmitHub if you prefer (in that case, you'll get a 10% coupon).