The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down with artists to talk about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured group is Far East Movement.
With elements of hip-hop, pop, electro and dance, Los Angeles natives Far East Movement have created an original sound and lifestyle they call "Free Wired." The quartet – Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif and DJ Virman – were inspired by the Downtown LA club scene, West Coast hip hop innovators Pharcyde and Dr. Dre, the dance music of DJ Tiesto and Daft Punk, and popular rockers Guns and Roses and Blink 182, translating that eclecticism into a powerful assemblage of music that has the world dancing.
The group got their start after high school, performing shows in LA bars, clubs and lofts. Those all-night parties helped the group hone their sound and performance skills, setting the stage for early recording "Girls on the Dance Floor," which became an Internet sensation, a nightclub staple and dance playlist chart-topper in LA. The follow-up, "Like A G6," garnered more than one million YouTube hits before it appeared on radio, according to Nish. “Girls On The Dance Floor” was featured in hit film Get Him To The Greek, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew season 4 finale, CBS’ CSI Miami and FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. In early 2010, the group took their live sound global, supporting Lady Gaga and N.E.R.D on their world tours.
Far East Movement's 2010 debut Free Wired expanded on the promise of early recordings, and brought together an impressive lineup of musicians: Rapper Snoop Dogg appears on "If I Was You," Lil' John is featured on "Go Ape" and One Republic frontman Ryan Tedder sings on "Rocketeer." The group pays homage to influence the Beastie Boys on "So What," which samples the Boys' classic "So What'cha Want." The album was produced by Grammy-nominated Stereotypes.
Far East Movement's tour schedule has included stops in Brazil, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, the Netherlands and Singapore, in addition to gigs in South America, the United Kingdom and across the United States. Their music has been heard on highly watched television shows , such as Gossip Girl and Entourage, as well as blockbuster film and video game Fast and Furious. They were also featured performers at the Cannes Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival in 2010.
Along with Microsoft's Zune Marketplace on PC and XBox Live, the only place you’ll be able to see these videos is right here each week on rockhall.com. Stay tuned for next week's Five Minutes with Fame with Neon Trees!