Formation of Far East Movement:
Far East Movement was formed in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles in 2003 by Kevin Nishimura, James Roh, and Jae Choung. DJ Virman joined later. The group represented a range of Asian backgrounds including Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino. The group began performing at local clubs and events and soon put together their first mixtape.
First Album 'Folk Music':
A full-length album Folk Music was released in 2006. The group earned a big breakthrough when their song "Round Round" was featured in the soundtrack to the film The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. The group began touring internationally and another of their songs "Satisfaction" was featured in the 2007 film Finishing the Game.
Far East Movement continued to gain significant acclaim in the Los Angeles area. Los Angeles DJ Virman from the radio station Power 106 officially joined the group, and in 2009 Far East Movement were a featured act at the annual Powerhouse 106 concert. The 2008 album Animal included the single "Girls on the Dance Floor" which reached the Billboard Latin Rhythm Airplay chart gaining the group national exposure.
Sound and Style:
Far East Movement considers their music to be a bridge between underground party music and mainstream pop and hip hop. They refer to their sound as Free Wired which also became the title of the group's first major label album. Fashion is also considered an important element by the group which includes trademark skinny ties and stylish sunglasses. Technology and sonic experimentation are an important part of the Far East Movement lifestyle as well.
Major Label Contract for Far East Movement:
Martin Kierzen baum, the label head of Cherrytree Records, a subsidiary of Interscope, discovered the group and became very intrigued by their overall approach to music and lifestyle. He passed information about the group on to Lady Gaga's camp which led to a supporting spot on her tour. The group also signed a recording contract with Cherrytree in February of 2010. By the fall the group was touring with fellow newcomer Mike Posner.
"Like a G6":
The single "Like a G6" exploded initially via YouTube and was released as a single in April 2010. It slowly gained national attention then roared up national charts in late summer. By October "Like a G6" was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group's first major label album Free Wired was released October 12, 2010 and debuted at #24 on the Billboard album chart.