Backbeat: Far East Movement Talks Recording With David Guetta, Will.i.am; Touring With LMFAO Over Bulgogi
Backbeat: Far East Movement Talks Recording With David Guetta, Will.i.am; Touring With LMFAO Over Bulgogi
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Rocketeers! (From Left to Right:) Big Hassle publicist Greg Miller, Far East Movement's J. Spliff, Billboard senior editor Gail Mitchell, the group's Prohgress and Kev Nish, Billboard correspondent Mitchell Peters and Billboard senior editor Phil Gallo

The members of Los Angeles hip-hop group Far East Movement may know how to pen a hit (see: "Like A G6," "Rocketeer"), but they've also mastered the art of choosing a fine Korean BBQ joint for some delicious afternoon dining. On Oct. 7, Far East Movement's J. Spliff, Kev Nish and Prohgress took a break from recording their forthcoming bass-heavy sophomore album, due early next year on Interscope/Cherrytree, to chat with Billboard about the group's future plans at Park's BBQ in the L.A. neighborhood of Koreatown.

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Shooting the Bulgogi: From left: J. Spliff chowing down (Photo: Mitchell Peters)

Last month, Nish told Billboard that the group's follow-up to its 2010 debut, "Free Wired," would feature a "heavy trunk bass sound for the dance floor." He added that the "majority of the album is going to be the L.A. dirty bass sound." In recent weeks the act was working on song sketches from their downtown L.A. apartments.

Now, Nish says, Far East Movement has begun recording the new set at the Stereotypes' studio in West L.A., and hopes to deliver it to Interscope/Cherrytree before embarking on a month-long tour of Canada with LMFAO, which begins Nov. 13 at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse in Quebec. In addition to the Stereotypes, the act is working with producers David Guetta, Bangladesh, Cherry Cherry Boom Boom (aka Cherrytree founder/president Martin Kierszenbaum), will.i.am and aRedOne, among others.

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Over dozens of Korean dishes, numerous Diet Cokes and shots of Soju; Spliff, Kev Nish and Prohgress -- who also brought along their Los Angeles-based publicist, Greg Miller of Big Hassle -- revealed that Far East Movement is working on a documentary film. Nish calls it "our version of how to make it in America." The act plans to submit the documentary to film festivals soon. The group also mentioned their love for Cherrytree Records' new soda, Cherrytree Cola.

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Beach Blanket Bulgogi: During lunch at Park's BBQ in Los Angeles, Far East Movement discussed their forthcoming album, due early next year on Interscope/Cherrytree, but also the extremes of how the group's music is licensed

Far East Movement, who recently opened for Lil Wayne on the rapper's North American summer tour, also expressed excitement over their upcoming Canadian trek with LMFAO. Nish and Prohgress noted during lunch that the tour's Nov. 15 stop at the Bell Centre on Montreal has sold 12,000 tickets. The group plans to perform some new tracks during the trek, including a tune recorded with female rapper Rye Rye.

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Score! Far East Movement makes the Wall of Fame at Park's BBQ in the L.A. neighborhood of Koreatown

Last October, the Asian-American group released "Free Wired," which has sold 162,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set's unforgettable smash hit "Like A G6" spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 last fall and the track has sold 3.7 million downloads. The second single, "Rocketeer" (featuring Ryan Tedder), peaked at No. 7 on the Hot 100 in February and has sold 1.5 million downloads.