[artist id="2020297"]Far East Movement[/artist]‘s newest single, “Like a G6,” which climbed to #11 on the iTunes charts this week, is a far cry from the underground lyrical rap they first began recording as childhood friends in Los Angeles’ K-Town. But it seems that the four-man group has found its niche in the dance music world, leading to gigs opening for powerhouses like Lady Gaga, LMFAO and Kelis in the last six months, and their upcoming Up in the Air Tour with Mike Posner.
“For us, as artists, finding our new sound, you got to experiment, you got to try on new shoes till you find the one that fits and looks fly,” Kev Nish told MTV News. “We’re such big fans of music and hip-hop, so we said let’s try doing something different, let’s take something we’re a fan of and creating something new. That led us up to what we’re doing now. It’s us wilding out and feeling comfortable about ourselves in the studio.”
Far East Movement’s new album, Free Wired, is due out on October 12 and features collaborations with Snoop, Lil Jon and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder. “It’s [collaborations] all over the place in a good way, if you were to listen to our iPods right now, that’s what on our album,” Kev explained. “Free Wired is a CD that you can put in at 6 p.m., right before dinner, till 6 a.m., right before breakfast.
“People ask, ‘What genre is your music?’ ” he continued. “We like to say it’s our lifestyle, it’s our culture, it’s our fashion. Free Wired means you’re free to geek out, you stay wired all night, you stay connected. We’ll hit up a club, then after the club we’ll hit up the chatroom. It’s a free-wired lifestyle, fashion, sound.”
And just as they don’t want to stick to one genre, they also don’t want to be labeled according to their ethnicity, despite what their name might imply. “We live a new world,” Kev asserted. “We live in a world where you live by your screen name. I might know more about the music you listen to, the sites you go to, before I know your last name or your heritage. We’re not out to represent any race, political thought, any religion, its just about making music and having fun doing it.”