It's easy to have a big year when you're a big label. You've got money, man power and a lot of brand recognition to get you places; but as music industry moves increasingly toward an independent future, indie labels find themselves winning big, too.
Dance music seems especially kind to the indie label world. Sometimes, all you need is some passion and a YouTube channel – alright, and a good ear. In a few years, you may find you've become a taste maker in the scene. You might inspire a new generation of kids to make sounds like yours, or at least follow in your footsteps. You might even get a platinum-selling record. You might even get multiple Grammy nominations.
Such are the stories of our favorite indie labels in 2017. Below, we celebrate their hard work and triumphs in alphabetical order. Expect big things from all of these indies in the year to come.