Street Date: Far*East Movement Releases Debut Album “Free Wired,” Interview Inside
[lastfm]Far*East Movement[/lastfm] has been slowly invading your iPods since 2006 and now, after signing with Cherry/Interscope Records, the rap group will finally be releasing their debut album, Free Wired. The newest Free Wired single, “Like a G6” featuring [lastfm]The Cataracs[/lastfm] & [lastfm]Dev[/lastfm], is currently No. 1 on iTunes and No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, making FM the first all Asian American group to ever break through both the iTunes and Billboard Top 10 charts. If you’re living under a rock and are, therefore, one of the very few who have yet to hear FM’s chart-ruling hit, you’re missing out!
“We worked hard to fuse alternative pop with hip hop, electro, rock and dance inspirations to define Free Wired,” FM rapper [lastfm]Prohgress[/lastfm] said, giving fans some insight on what to expect. Now, to simply say that the group has “worked hard” to create this album is a huge understatement. The album includes 10 tracks, some of which you already know and love, and features other major artists such as: [lastfm]Keri Hilson[/lastfm], [lastfm]Lil Jon[/lastfm], [lastfm]Snoop Dogg[/lastfm], [lastfm]Mohombi[/lastfm], [lastfm]Colette Carr[/lastfm], [lastfm]Natalia Kills[/lastfm], and [lastfm]OneRepublic[/lastfm]’s [lastfm]Ryan Tedder[/lastfm]. Fellow chart-topper, [lastfm]Bruno Mars[/lastfm], also worked with the group to co-write “If I Was You (OMG)” featuring Snoop Dogg.
Check out the video for “Like A G6”
Street Date touched base with Far East Movement to talk about the new album – here’s the rundown on our interview:
SD: Most people don’t realize that “Free Wired” will be your fifth album release. How does it feel to be labeled a “new artist” when you’ve been around for a few years already?
FM: When we were independent, it was always our dream to be with a label like Cherrytree/ Interscope Records getting to release a full album with them feels like it truely is our first album. It feels like we’ve been working our whole lives to make an album fit to be released on a major, and everything prior was like us standing in front of a mirror trying on ties and kicks until the flyest ones fit. It an honor and refreshing to know that people consider us new artists, to us that means “fresh” and ready to grow. When we first got signed, the head of Cherrytree named Martin Kierszenbaum told us “you guys have created a party that we want to be invited to” and gave us free reign to create and album and brand thats us. That meant alot to us and gave us the confidence to push our selves as writers and artists to craft an alternative pop album and create a free wired sound that represents and our lifestyle… the freedom and confidence to be able to geek out as our selves as fans and artists and have fun doing and know that a great company is proud of it makes us feel like this truely is our FIRST album and its an amazing feeling.
SD: You just appeared on the George Lopez show — what was that experience like? Was it your first late-night TV appearance?
FM: Performing on Lopez was FREE WIRED times 10. It was our first late night appearance or ever being on a set/ soundstage like that and the whole experience was unforgettable. George Lopez has to be one of the coolest most down to earth famous people we’ve ever met, plus the great Magic Johnson was a guest and meeting him was one of the most geeked out moments you could have as someone who’s grown up in LA their whole life.
SD: Is it true that each of you interned at Interscope Records before you were signed?
FM: Yes, we ([lastfm]Kev Nish[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Prohgress[/lastfm]) interned in the publicity department for about a year. 3 days a week for 8 hours we’d go in for free excited to be there just to be around music and learning the process of what goes on behind our favorite albums. Anyone from 50 and G-Unit to Wil.i.am would come in and we would be completely star struck anytime they’d come thru the department. It really helped us appreciate and understand the business behind pushing music and working your own project and its a true honor to be able to work with the best people in the world all located in that building, never in a million years did we think we’d be given that opportunity.
SD: We heard you opened for [lastfm]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] in Japan – what was that tour like? Any good backstage gossip for us?
FM: Yes it was during the Monster Ball Tour. Everything from the set production to the professionalism of the staff to the catering was mind blowing. And her costume changes were next level free wired. She would come out in a small dress that was robotic and half way thru a song it would be the size of a transformer.. more than meets the eyes. Crazy seeing thousands and thousands of japanese fans sing her songs word for word then when you ask them where the bathroom is they cannot answer in english. the power of music is insane.
SD: We all know “Like A G6”, but what other tracks off Free Wired should people be paying attention to?
FM: Dam, every song is an important layer of our free wired lifestyle. we’ve been blessed to have cameos from some artists and producers we’re huge fans of, there’s a song called “If I Was You (OMG)” featuring [lastfm]Snoop Dogg[/lastfm] whom we’ve idolized since his first album, to “Don’t Look Now” featuring Miss [lastfm]Keri Hilson[/lastfm], to our next upcoming single that we just finished shooting a video for directed by Marc Klasfeld called “Rocketeer” featuring [lastfm]Ryan Tedder[/lastfm] of [lastfm]One Republic[/lastfm] which was produced by the Stereotypes and co-written by [lastfm]Bruno Mars[/lastfm]. Theres so many more too from “White Flag” produced by Cherry Cherry Boom Boom who’s produced for [lastfm]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] and more and a track called “2gether”produced by Roger Sanchez.
Here’s a look at the Free Wired track listing:
1. Girls On The Dance Floor (feat. [lastfm]The Stereotypes[/lastfm])
2. Like a G6 (feat. [lastfm]The Cataracs[/lastfm] & [lastfm]Dev[/lastfm])
3. Rocketeer (feat. [lastfm]Ryan Tedder[/lastfm] of [lastfm]One Republic[/lastfm])
4. If I Was You (OMG) (feat. [lastfm]Snoop Dogg[/lastfm])
5. She Owns The Night (feat. [lastfm]Mohombi[/lastfm])
6. So What?
7. Don’t Look Now (feat. [lastfm]Keri Hilson[/lastfm])
8. Fighting for Air (feat. [lastfm]Frankmusik[/lastfm])
9. White Flag (feat. [lastfm]Kayla Kai[/lastfm])
10. 2gether – Far East Movement + Roger Sanchez
Itunes Bonus Track: Go Ape (feat. [lastfm]Lil Jon[/lastfm] & [lastfm]Colette Carr[/lastfm])
If you like what you hear, check out Free Wired from [lastfm]Far East Movement[/lastfm], available now at iTunes.