Independent music has been thriving so much in South Korea. It has been one of the beacons of high-quality, creative and artistic releases and albums of the past century. However, the commercialization and intoxication of the music industry has forced the indie scene to become hidden, deep and unknown. It is with sadness, that I have to skim through the entirety of the internet to find these amazing albums and songs. Today, it is finally time to reveal the best indie music of the year.

The Independent Music Artists & Labels Union (IMALU) has finally announced their nominations for the 2021 INDEPENDENT NOISE Awards or as I call it the Indie Noise. Many shocks, surprises and revelations were, of course, present. The IMALU which organizes the award show is composed of independent performers, critics, music journalists, music executives, producers, songwriters, sound engineers, choreographers which vote every year to decide the best of indie music.

Without further ado, let us present the 2021 INDEPENDENT NOISE winners!

Record of the Year

Beautiful Beautiful by ONF

Song of the Year

Beautiful Beautiful by ONF

Album of the Year

CITY OF ONF by ONF

Artist of the Year

ONF

Best New Artist

B.I


Genre

Best Pop Album

CITY OF ONF by ONF

Best Traditional Pop Album

Dream by Song Gain

Best Traditional Pop Performance

Stardust by YOUNHA

Best Traditional Pop Song

Dream by Song Gain

Best Pop Solo Performance

Right Now by Gaho

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Beautiful Beautiful by ONF

Best Rock Album

Gatcha! by LUCY

Best Rock Song

I Know Where The Rainbow Has Fallen by JANNABI

Best Rock Solo Performance

RIDE by Gaho

Best Rock Duo/Group Performance

I Know Where The Rainbow Has Fallen by JANNABI

Best R&B Album

GAUSSIAN by youra

Best R&B Song

WAITING by WOODZ

Best R&B Solo Performance

WAITING by WOODZ

Best R&B Duo/Group Performance

MOON RIDER by BDC

Best Rap Album

Epik High Is Here (Part 1) by EPIK HIGH

Best Rap Song

Love Peace by Tiger JK

Best Electronic Album

SIREN : DAWN by A.C.E

Best Electronic Recording

GHOST by DreamNote

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Minari by Emile Mosseri

Best Soundtrack for Visual Media

Spark by A.C.E for Light On Me


Technical

Best Music Video

Beautiful Beautiful by ONF

Producer of the Year

  • Yang Jin-seok – WINNER

Best Vocal Performance

  • Buffalo (sunwoojunga, Dami, Song Eun-i, Yoon Jiyeong, Jeong Sewoon & 15 Oxen) – WINNER

Best Dance Performance

  • libidO (OnlyOneOf) – WINNER

Best Rap Performance

  • Baptism of Blues (Lee Gyeong-min) – WINNER

The IMALU is composed of more than 50 music labels and distributors all around South Korea. Headed by Kim Do-hoon, the IMALU maintains that there shall be no influence of the major labels and distributors in the nomination process.