What makes an Indie band tick? The general consensus among the subjects featured in Audio-Files — a new BYUtv television series of half-hour documentaries about the Indie music scene’s most outstanding ascending artists — is that they’re compelled to make music by some kind of irrefutable inner force.

The trendsetting series explores what drives these folks to become musicians, to lead a life full of unknowns, big risks and possible great rewards. According to Dan Reynolds, lead singer and songwriter for Imagine Dragons, who were featured in the series’ debut, music is undoubtedly a risky career, but he feels the need to pursue it nonetheless. “It’s the only way I know how to communicate with people … and I haven’t done anything else since I was 14.” In the Paper Route episode, Chad Howat (bass, piano), had a similar comment. “Somebody gave me advice that if you could do anything else besides music, you should. So that’s been my driving force. I can’t see myself doing anything else. I won’t be able to sleep at night if I don’t give music a shot.” In the upcoming Ramona Falls episode, founder, composer and lead singer, Brent Knopf, explains that music makes him feel and think things that nothing else ever could. “Ramona Falls is a project that I steer, a project that I guide, and it’s beautiful and it’s noisy and it’s really dark; sometimes it spins over on itself. Ramona Falls is a collection of songs that are the best solutions to the puzzles I could find at the time.”

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