My work examines how independent music culture permeates identity and interpersonal interactions. I am informed by direct participation in the local culture that I am studying, rather than viewing it as an observer. Subjects I am focused on include performers and crowd members as individuals characterized by the experience of being active artists or social conductors, as well as objects that act as vehicles for these interactions, such as musical instruments, locations such as venues or factories that provide space for these interactions to occur, and media storage units and transmission devices such as mono transcoders for independent radios and cassettes produced with a “do it yourself” or D.I.Y. ethos. Focusing on independent and D.I.Y. approaches to music promote a bottom up culture of support and willful choosing of identity, as opposed to a bottom down approach of consumerism and manufactured identity created through marketing.