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Far East Movement [Interview]

Vancouver, B.C. – The Far East Movement brought their stylishly geeked out show to Venue nightclub on Granville, and they did not disappoint their skinny tie, big glasses wearing, high energy, ball capped fans. They rocked the stage like true pros. These artists just signed with Interscope and they are on fire right now with the release of their hit single “Like a G6”. The boys are hella cool and laid back, and HipHopCanada got a chance to chat with them even though they had just got off a ten hour flight from England and were about to hit the stage once again.

HipHopCanada interviews The Far East Movement

HipHopCanada: You guys were just in England; how was the crowd over there?

FM: Quite nice, nice… [English accents]

Kev Nish: The crowd was awesome. It was the N*E*R*D crowds so they were awesome, the English love their music, and they’re very eclectic out there.

J-Splif: The English love their music and their football.

Kev Nish: And also there was a lot of ladies because they wanted to see Pharrell.

HipHopCanada: You guys were doing your thing over in England with the N*E*R*D crew, I noticed that you guys have a similar taste in fashion, are you big fans of the man?

Prohgress: His stage presence is amazing, it was so live man, we had never seen him perform before, only a couple songs or whatever, but he has no playback, like two sets of drums, keyboards and everything. He had people getting up and just having a blast. It was so much fun.

Kev Nish: I must say that plus he’s a cool dude in person, which you’d think that after selling a trillion, bazillion records things might change, but nah, he came down, he met us, we kicked it and that’s cool you know? To know that he’s that big but he’s still down to earth.

HipHopCanada: Did he give you guys any advice at all career wise?

Kev Nish: He said lets do this again.

HipHopCanada: Do guys consider yourselves hip-hop?

Kev Nish: I’d say we’re heavily influenced by hip-hop for sure, like we all grew up as fans, and DJ Virman, he’s like the king of the old school. He had an old school hip-hop radio show on Power 106. We all have our roots in hip-hop from Pharcyde to Outkast to back in the day like N.W.A. and all that, Swollen Members, who we met by the way. And coming from that background it allowed us to be fans while doing something different at the same time.

Prohgress: We just wanna consider ourselves musicians above all. We like to have fun with any type of music, anything that’s fun and that we wanna experiment with, we will give it a shot. If we gotta sing on something, we do it, if we gotta scat on it, we do it, if we gotta rap on it we do it, hum we will do that too. Whatever works to make the music sound better, we will do.

HipHopCanada: How did you guys get together, did you know weach other growing up?

J-Splif: Yeah, we all grew up goofin off with each other.

Prohgress: We met Virman much later though. He was actually a DJ on Power 106, we cornered him outside of the station, threw him in the back of a truck, duct taped his mouth and handcuffed him, and made him listen to the mixtape.

DJ Virman: I had no choice but to become their DJ.

HipHopCanada: How do you guys see your fanbase?

J-Splif: Free wired.

HipHopCanada: What does free wired mean?

Kev Nish: It means you’re free to geek out, that you stay connected, that you’re up all night online, and then you gotta put the shades like these on. These aren’t for douchebagness ya dig?

HipHopCanada: Do you guys really party as much as you claim to in your songs?

Prohgress: We like to have a good time, we definitely like to have a good time, and it depends on the people, you know? If there’s a good crowd out there throwin’ out good energy at you, we throwin’ it right back, ya know what I’m sayin?

J-Splif: We like to party, but we aren’t reckless. Like sometimes people gotta chill out.

Kev Nish: Yeah sometimes we gotta say yo, this isn’t the song bro. Haha, we were talkin’ bout six shots of Patrone, so what’s with the bottle hangin’ outta your mouth homie? Have a little class. Ha, I’m kidding.

HipHopCanada: How does being from the West Coast inspire you guys?

Prohgress: It’s just such a jambalaya of influences out on the West Coast from music to different food, different ethnicities to different tastes, and it makes you able to try different things without fear of what’s going to come out of it.

Kev Nish: Yeah in L.A. when you turn on the radio, you’re jumpin’ from Snoop Dogg and Dre to Blink 182 and No Doubt, and it’s keeping it eclectic. In a sense that is what West Coast means.

HipHopCanada: You guys have done shows alongside some huge names, one being the man himself Jay-Z. Who has left an impression on you performance wise?

Jay-Splif: Recently, it’s Lady Gaga who we just got off tour with. Her showmanship is amazing, from her songs, the music, to the arrangements, to stage plot, everything was bar none hands down amazing, and if you guys ever get the chance to see her show it is worth it.

Kev Nish: The YouTube clips don’t do her justice. Her live show is where the money’s at.

HipHopCanada: Do you listen to any Canadian hip-hop?

Prohgress: Yeah, Swollen Members are dope, Drake is so dope, he’s got rhymes galore.

Kev Nish: Do you guys consider him Canadian?

HipHopCanada: Absolutly dude. He’s all ours. [Laughing] Last but not least, you guys have the whole sexy, naughty, nerd thing goin’ on, so for all the true nerds out there what’s it gonna be, P.C or Mac?

FM: Mac, we all got miggity Macs!

J-Splif: Steve Jobs Hollaaaa! We need an iPad for the plane homie.

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Interview conducted by Samantha Cairns for HipHopCanada



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  3. pam

    haha! far east movement is amazing!!! yall should have a MEGA(not mini) CANADA TOUR!!! I love your music and I hope instead of you guys opening up for big names like jay-z or gaga, YOU will have your own huge ass show with people opening for you instead 😀 hahaha and by the way, I AM going to gaga this summer!!! FREE WIRED BABY. FAR EAST MOOOOOOOVEMENT!!

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  5. Dan

    This is dope.. it’s nice seeing FM spread their work around the world. Been a fan since their old school hip-hop days to what they have evolved into now. Yes it’s much different from their old stuff.. but I love it. Moving on with new trends of music while keeping the same brand is amazing.

    Also love how they support diversity of music and community.. this is the new generation of music & art unity.

  6. stephanie

    LOVE FM. so glad theyre getting bigger and bigger every moment. their music, style, personalities, everythang is just amazing! keep up the good work

  7. FlylikeaG6

    FM is fly like a G6!!!
    Saw them perform many times and they always kill it.
    Plus they’re Mac users :)

  8. taaammy

    daaaang. FM<3 the interview was fun! i loveed all of their answers and how true, and down to earth these guys are! cant wait to see them Perform live again at ISA<3



  10. j u s t i n e

    FM live is the best but super jealous of the crowds that saw n.e.r.d x fm -_- but great interview the guys are funny! :)

  11. G6

    FM is amazing!!! They are staying true to themselves and are getting bigger and bigger. I’ve seen them perform many times and they always kill it! 3 fingers up to FM

  12. DJ Eugene

    Big ups to the Far East Movement. They’ve been hard at work for years, shaping their sound and their style into something that has brought them major success. So proud of all that they’ve done for all artists. Better watch out, these guys are only going to get bigger.

  13. ontempo

    Great interview of FM! I’m glad these guys are finally getting the attention and publicity they deserve. They’ve been on the grind for years. Good things come to those who have perseverance and patience. :)

    I can’t wait for their new album to drop! I’m sure it’ll be amazing.

  14. Stacey

    Mad respect for these dudes! So hardworking and always down to earth!

  15. Christina Nguyen

    FM are the best artists there is out there. Not just because of their music but they allow us to be who we are today. Not the person who we should be but who we truly are. If you get to know them, you’ll see that they aren’t just the typical artists you see, they are people who will talk to you just like how a regular friend would.

  16. Mimi

    When I first heard FM’s music, I was truly amazed. It was fresh & different and unlike anything else. I’m so glad that I decided to explore their music after I listened to them, because then I met alot of FM fans all over the world. FM brings diversity & people together, & it’s just truly amazing. I’m so glad FM came into my life =)

  17. janie

    Awesome interview!

    It’s always so great reading interviews from the FM guys. They’re just so much fun, and they’re down to earth too.

    DJ VIRMAN not having a choice but it all came out good. LOL. love how u guys joke.

    FM IS FREE WIRED! hope to see u guys soon.

  18. WinnieC

    i love all their music! FM is so down to earth! every time they are on stage they get the crowd hyped up and happy! <3 true talented performers our there.

  19. Bboy EthicZ

    FM Is dope!!!
    Saw them a bunch of times including a workshop with them. Dope guys, really chill.

  20. Taken Over

    Man it’s good to see these guys finally gain some ground in the mainstream music scene. They’ve been doing music for a while now and it is good to see their hard work finally paying off. Even though they are getting bigger they still keep in touch with their fans the same way as they did back in the day. Just can’t say enough about these group of guys. FLY LIKE A G6

  21. PlayaGotGame

    FM is the bomb! Def takin it to the next level! Keep up the good work!

  22. LK

    Thanks, HHC, for this interview! I was actually at this show at Venue in Vancouver. FM ROCKED IT. It was the best show of theirs I’ve seen so far (my third show) and I also had the most fun at this one. Their shows get more and more awesome, which kind of seems impossible because I always walk away from the last one thinking that was the BEST show I’ve been to. The crowd was really good too, it’s amazing to see how much has changed since I first saw FM in Vancouver over a year ago. It is so refreshing to see artists who are down to earth and who are truly grateful for all their supporters. Hope to see FM again in Vancouver SOON. Can’t wait til the new album drops! :)

  23. Leena651

    Go Go Go FM!!!
    FM is the fore-father in setting up new trends for a new favor of House & Hip-Hop Music call HipTronic.
    Let’s ALL be FREE WIRE & FLY LIKE A G6 ^^

  24. Anne

    Haha.. FREE WIRED IT IS! Oh! Never forget Fly like a G6! FM! That’s what I’m talking about! Keep it up!

  25. Ane

    Oh yeah! MN fan! Hell yeah!

  26. Anne

    FREE WIRED IT IS! Haha… Ain’t no one do it like u guys. Keep it up.. Waitin on the album… MN FAN! HELL YEAH!

  27. MN_LUV

    dam if ya’ll haven’t seen FM performed live then you missed out on a kick ass party LMAO~ Party Rock Tour, ISA, Mapping the Soul, and the performance at our MN Hmong New Year was priceless! Much Luv to FM!!!

  28. MN_LUV

    Reppin Proud to FM!!!
    This is the kind of music we’ve been waiting on!
    Keep it Up FM~
    Let’s teach the World how to be FREE WIRED!!!

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