Breaking barriers culturally, the pop group Far East Movement is coming full force onto the music scene and leading the way for Asian Americans in the music industry.
Far East Movement, also known as FM, is composed of four Cali natives Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif, and DJ Virman, who all but one, were high school buddies. Coming from a Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino background, Far East Movement is a good representation of Asian American’s newest generation.
Their music can be described as a mix between hip-hop, club, dance, pop, and a new emerging genre people like to call electro-hop (cross between hip-hop and electronica).
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Sounds of records scratching and synthesizers dominate their musical style, and their fans love it. Fans also love FM’s stylish apparel, as they make exclusive hot sunshades; shiny blazers, skinny ties, and fresh kicks look great.
Beginning their music career in 2001 under the name “Emcee Anonymous,” Far East Movement worked LA’s music scene heavy with underground performances and lots of promotion. Soon enough LA started buzzing, wondering who was taking their club scene by storm. By 2008, LA’s Power 106 DJ, DJ Virman contacted the group and eventually became the group’s official DJ, making FM a quartet.
The newly emerging group has toured with some of the industry’s best; going on the Japan leg of Lady Gaga’s “The Monster Ball Tour,” opening for N.E.R.D’s “Army Tour,” LMFAO’s “Party Rock Tour,” and teaming up side by side with Mike Posner on the “Up In the Air Tour.”
Earlier this year, Far East Movement got their big break when they signed with Cherrytree Records, a subsidiary of Interscope.
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“Free Wired” is the name of their debut album which is set to drop on October 12th. The album’s lead single “Like a G6,” is an absolute hit making Far East Movement the first Asian American group to make it on the mainstream pop charts. “Like a G6” is currently #6 on Billboard’s hot 100 and #1 on iTunes.
So what can we expect from the group’s freshman album? Well, lots of rythmic rapping and a compilation of amazing collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Keri Hilson, Lil Jon, Bruno Mars, and Ryan Tedder of One Republic just to name a few.
I’m super happy to see the faces of the music industry changing! It should be interesting to see if Far East Movement can diversify music and take it to new heights.
Take a look at Far East Movement’s video to their hit single “Like a G6.”