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: 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.
For more information check out http://www.fareastmovement.com.
Interview conducted by Samantha Cairns for HipHopCanada
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