Far East Movement Biography
2003-2007: Folk Music
The original members of Far East Movement, Kevin Nishimura, James Roh and Jae Choung grew up in the Korea Town of Los Angeles, California. They were close companions in high school and shared a passion in music together. They promoted their music online and began performing at local clubs and events in Los Angeles. In 2001, they began their musical career with the name "Emcee's Anonymous". However, they later changed it to Far East Movement, originating from a song that they produced and titled as "The Far East Movement". In 2003, they organized together an event called "Movementality" in Koreatown, LA, featuring ten different performances with all the proceeds sent to a local youth drug rehabilitation center. While promoting the event, they met former manager, Carl Choi, and followed up with a release of their mixtape Audio-Bio in 2005.
Their first album called Folk Music was released in early 2006. The single "Round Round" was featured in the film, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, appearing both on the soundtrack and video game. Due to this critical breakout, it was the catalyst that cemented their decision to pursue music as a full-time career. They proceeded to perform on two world tours (including USA, South America, Canada, and Asia), and they signed distribution deals in Japan and Korea with Avex Network and JF Productions for their album. Their songs continued to be shown in the media and TV networks including VH1, MTV and E!. In 2007, they were featured in the Sundance Film Festival film called Finishing the Game, making the song "Satisfaction" for the film. They also released the single "You've Got A Friend" featuring Lil Rob and Baby Bash, which became their first song on major national radio.
2008-2009: DJ Virman and Animal
LA's radio station Power 106 DJ, DJ Virman, joined the group as their official DJ. They released another single titled "Lowridin" that received heavy airplay in 2008. Soon after, they planned on showcasing a second album, releasing Animal later on in the same year. Animal featured three hit singles that frequently won national radio play: “You’ve Got A Friend”, “Lowridin”, and the successful “Girls On The Dance Floor.” Girls on the Dance Floor reached 27th on the Billboard charts for the Latin Rhythm Airplay, which marked their debut on the Billboard's charts.
There were several collaborations on the Animal Album, including The Stereotypes, Jin the MC, Lil Rob, Baby Bash, Bruno Mars, Wiz Khalifa, Bionik, 24/8, IZ, DB Tonik, and Jah Free. Their songs from the Animal album were featured in major film and television on multiple occasions. FM's single "Girls on the Dance Floor" has been played on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew on the Season 4 Finale during a performance with Artistry In Motion, Vogue Evolution and We Are Heroes. It was also featured on Get Him to the Greek, FOX's So You Think You Can Dance and on the 7th episode of CSI: Miami Season 8. In addition, "Dance Like Michael Jackson" was aired on ABC Family's Lincoln Heights on November 10, 2009 and on the Gossip Girl (TV Series) episode, "Dan de Fleurette". "I Party" was highlighted on FOX's TV series Lie To Me and "Fetish" was on Spike TV's Guy's Choice Awards 2009. Girls on the Dance Floor has attained over 5 million hits on Myspace while attracting over 1 million views on Youtube.
In 2009, they were one of the prominent acts in L.A.'s Powerhouse 106 concert with well-known artists such as Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Sean Paul, New Boyz, Pitbull, Lil Jon, LMFAO, Ya Boy, Flo Rida, and the Black Eyed Peas. Popular streetwear company, Orisue, had teamed up with Far East Movement and helped shoot a music video for "Lowridin". In May 2009, Far East Movement joined popular Korean act, Epik High, on their "Map the Soul" tour throughout the U.S. Then they held their first headlining concert at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood by July 2009, which resulted in a sold-out show. Together with Wong Fu Productions, FM has established another two sold-out concerts titled as "ISA", opening up one in San Francisco and LA in order to promote Asian American artists in the media with performances by Jin and Quest Crew.
FM's new mixtape named Party Animal was released on the first date of the Party Rock Tour (featuring FM, LMFAO, Shwayze, Paradiso Girls, Space Cowboy and more). Their two singles, "Girls on the Dance Floor" and "2 is Better w/ Ya Boy", have been garnering successful radio airplay. They later announced that they are working on a new album with Grammy nominated producers, The Stereotypes, who had produced their hit track, Girls on the Dance Floor.
2010-Present: Cherrytree/Interscope Records and Free Wired
In February 2010, Far East Movement signed a major record deal with Cherrytree Records, a subsidiary of Interscope Records. They are currently managed by Ted Chung of Stampede Management, who is also the Vice President of Doggystyle Records.
Progressing further along in the same year, the group supported Robyn and Kelis on their double headlining tour along with Dan Black, in addition to being announced as the opening act of Lady Gaga's tour on the Japanese leg of The Monster Ball Tour.
Their 2010 "ISA" shows in LA and New York will be held on September 5th and August 28th. They will be performing their songs alongside acts by AJ Rafael, Jay Park, Poreotics and Quest Crew (both winners from America's Best Dance Crew), David Choi, Jennifer Chung, David Garibaldi, Lydia Paek (of Quest Crew), and more. The shows will be hosted by Lydia Paek, Kevin Wu and Ryan Higa.
Starting from September 13, the group will be kicking off the Up In The Air Tour with Mike Posner, which spans across various cities in North America.
Free Wired is the title of their first major debut album from Cherry/Interscope Records and it has been scheduled for release on October 12, 2010. The album will be made available in both the U.S. and Canada. Their tracks include popular artists such as Bruno Mars, Pitbull, Sean Kingston, Lil Jon, Snoop Dogg, Natalia Kills, and Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic. Their first single to be released for airplay is called "Rocketeer", which will exclusively feature Ryan Tedder.
Girls on the Dancefloor was featured in Piranha 3D although not on the film's soundtrack.