2010 for Far East Movement was no doubt, one heck of a year. They signed a major record deal, toured with Lady Gaga, released their first major debut album, rose to the top of the charts and achieved double platinum status (and counting!) for Like a G6, a song that’s creeped into US pop culture conscious. Somewhere in between the craziness, the guys of Far East Movement were kind enough to spare us time to chat about 2010 and the year ahead.
JI: 2010 really seems like an awesome year for you guys. Can you pick out which moments stood out the most this year and tell us why?
FM: 2010 has been crazy, a huge blessing thanks to all the amazing Free Wired fam reppin the Far East Movement. Signing our first major record deal in Feb with Cherrytree/ Interscope with the help of our managers Ted Chung and Russel Redeaux of Stampede Management, our production team the Stereotypes and our Transparent Agency team was a huge dream of ours that took everyone’s hard work and vision. We remember going in the Interscope building 3 days a week as interns so to be able to be artists at that label was something we could have never imagined. Another insane 2010 moment was when the head of Cherrytree, Martin Kierszenbaum, surprised us at our Free Wired album release party in New York with our first ever platinum plaque for selling 1 million copies of Like A G6, then a few weeks later we get the news of the song hitting #1 on the Billboard Charts and later to double platinum… we can’t thank y’all enough and a huge thank you to GOD for looking out.
JI: What artists did you enjoy working with most this past year and who would you like to collaborate next?
FM: Every artist featured on the Free Wired album was incredible to work with. They were practically chosen off our playlist as we were bumping their music so to have them on our music is a huge honor. We just got in the studio with Kid Cudi and talking with Afrojack and Deadmau5 for some cool remixes… and in the future, the list of artists we would love to collab with is too long for this interview, haha.
JI: What did you guys immediately do when you first heard that “Like a G6″ hit first on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart?
FM: We were on tour in Calgary Canada, we saw the news on our Twitter first and didn’t believe it and when we got to our show the label sent us 2 huge bottles of Dom so we decided we should share the moment with the fam at the show and got the party sprayin, hahaha. After the show it hit us that the song hit number 1 and to this day, it’s still something we can’t believe.
JI: So far, do you feel like you’ve really made it or do you feel that there’s more to be done?
FM: We’re far from anywhere close to ‘makin it’ in our brains. We’ve put our heart and soul into our new album and this is our whole life, so to us longevity and consistency is the real battle and we intend to fight the good fight.
JI: What was it like to be a part of Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour this year?
FM: It was incredible. From the stage production to being able to watch her innovative show every night left us stunned and learning something new every night. She’s the real deal on and off stage and we see what it takes to be at her level and have nothing but respect for her and her team.
JI: When can we expect the next album?
FM: We haven’t started thinking about the next album, actually. Blessed that the Cherrytree and Interscope team feel the album is so full of songs to push that our main focus for 2011 is Free Wired. Plan to shoot many more music videos and push ourselves as artists on the visual side.
JI: With the year coming to an end what sort of New Years’ resolutions do you have as a group?
FM: We plan to work harder as artists and inspire the next generation of dreamers. We plan to spend as much off time as possible teaching workshops to students with 4C The Power. Would also like to showcase the next generation of artists around the community with the International Secret Agents, for us 2011 is all about staying connected and free wired.
2011 is looking mighty bright for Far East Movement!
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