By Hyo New Organizing Project blogger ===========================================
Far East Movement (FM) emerged onto the national scene with the release of their debut album “Free Wired”. The four-agent group with diverse and dynamic personalities, charisma and talent make up a group that is widely known for brining “Like a G6”, getting us slizzard (interpret as you see fit).
FM’s rise to national fame through G6 is more significant than many could recognize. I was able to get a taste of their contagious stage presence, musical creativity and love for their fans this past weekend as I ventured out to Baltimore at Rams Head Live with my partner in crime @jyjin to see them open for La Roux.
Anticipation was running high before they showered us with their intense energy, swag and incredible fusion of beats, lyrics, pop, electro and most importantly their ability to move their audience to join in on their fun. 3 fingers up.
From head to toe, each agent was fusing allure of their own, creating an atmosphere so chill and exciting the crowd was completely sold.
What caught me off guard was their relaxed and modest attitude to those who eagerly awaited celebrities to come through but instead greeted us with firm handshakes and genuine interests in their fans and gratitude for our support. More intriguing was as La Roux took over the stage, they themselves slowly made their way into the audience to simply catch a good show.
FM’s continued escalation into the mainstream media has important implications for both gen X & Y Asian Pacific Americans (APAs). Just think about what this means to the APA community. While for many years FM has been widely known and appreciated in the far east (West Coast); for youth in under-represented APA communities around the U.S., their rise onto the national stage could guide and help them find their identity through media and affiliation to public figures of high caliber. Although they themselves may be in it solely for their love of music, those of us who are on the receiving end infer and become inspired by anything and everything they stand or exhibit.
That is the beauty of arts and expression. Those who are courageous and brave enough to uphold a lifestyle of their choosing through expressing their creativity, imagination and interpretations of the world, have the privilege to influence, guide, help and liberate others from reservations.
The collaboration of each agent’s persona, musicality and love of performing is by far most impressive and engaging. After the show I left with much hope and curiosity of the journey that’s ahead of them. I think their rise into the mainstream through their talent, regardless of their ethnic backgrounds, is what gets me so excited to continue to support them.
The point is that they did not let their physical identities as Asian Americans or as minorities hinder them from dreaming high. They penetrated into the mainstream trusting their skills and musical talent. They used the medium of music and expression as a way to transcend race, social class and other barriers.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s exciting to see fellow APAs concurring on the stages of the most preferred venues and cities, but I’m not going to box-in their obvious talent into something ethnically-related. I think if anything, their diversity not only in terms of ethnicity, but in education, life experiences and taste in lifestyle and music makes them a perfect group to help those of us who lack the creative juices to get popping too.
With that I leave you to enjoy what FM has to offer — nothing less than maximum energy, excitement and crazy fun here at: http://www.fareastmovement.com/.
I hope next time you hear the funky beats, electro and swag lyrics provided by FM, you will appreciate the level of intricacy and sophistication that goes into making you feel like a G6.
3 fingers up.