From custom guitars to truly bizarre contraptions, these homemade musical instruments have unique DIY sounds that you’ll never hear anywhere else.
The music world is full of talented multi-instrumentalists, and the best one-man bands have a unique vision that only they can achieve, alone in the studio.
With his own recording studio and a seemingly endless head for ideas, Frank Zappa was a truly independent artist who paved the way for future generations.
The best indie record labels of all time have helped push the boundaries, drawing the mainstream into their world – and changing the face of music in the process.
The notion of DIY music stretches back to 19th-century flutes made from bird bone, through punk anarchy and the digital revolution.
Intimate and spontaneous, ‘Roman Candle’ laid bare the threads of Elliott Smith’s songwriting, acting as a prelude to his career.
‘Bleach’ prototyped the ‘Nevermind’ sound that would deliver Nirvana to a global stage and reshape the future of rock’n’roll.
Home taping in the 80s didn’t kill the record industry, but the lo-fi format gave a voice to those that the mainstream didn’t always have an ear for.
With the rise of digital music platforms like SoundCloud, YouTube and now TikTok, the world now belongs to artists who could make the most creative use of them.
Fanzines’ importance shouldn’t be underestimated: esteemed authors such as Greil Marcus and Danny Baker first cut their teeth writing for a variety of them.
After leaving the RHCP, John Frusciante used the intimacy of home recordings to explore his psyche on his album 'Niandra Lades And Usually Just A T-Shirt'.
Daniel Johnston, the lo-fi singer-songwriter and outsider artist has died aged 58 following a heart attack last night on 10 September.
DIY venues are deeply loved, but not always preserved. These 10 venues have been essential incubators for punk, hip-hop and electronica DIY scenes the world over.
From a 50s-era guitar pioneer to 70s post-punk heroes of Britain's DIY scene, here are just a few DIY musicians who embodied the DIY music ethos.
Many record labels run by musicians have been little more than vanity imprints, but the most important of them have pioneered artists’ rights in the music industry.