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Far East Movement Talk BTS, New Album 'Bridging East and West': Interview

Far East Movement
Courtesy of Billboard Radio China

Far East Movement performs at Billboard Radio China Live on Jan. 19, 2018, at AIA Great European Carnival in Hong Kong.

Far East Movement is never a strange name to hip-hop fans. When their hit "Like a G6" made them the first Asian-American group to earn a No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, their music started a "movement" to change the U.S. music scene.

Recently, Far East Movement came back to Hong Kong for Billboard Radio China Live in Hong Kong 2018 with two special guests: Hong Kong C-Pop legend Alex To and Canto-Pop singer Josie Ho.

Meanwhile, they also received Billboard Radio China award for top international group 2017. Prior to the show, we sat down with them at Fleming Hotel to talk about their new projects and their lives offstage.

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In 2016, Far East Movement's own record label, Transparent Agency, signed with some of the great names in the industry, like rapper <a href="/music/Dumbfoundead">Dumbfoundead</a> and singer-songwriter Satica. Though they appear to be focusing on producing -- even they themselves describe this as "a new phrase of our career" -- they have never given up being onstage performers.

"We are actually going to put up a new album under our own label," they explained. "It will be a half-Chinese, half-English album, kind of bridging East and West. We got a record with <a href="/music/Jay-Park">Jay Park</a>, and also a lot of other great artists. We feel excited about the collaborations."

Apart from Transparent Agency, they also have a joint label with Trap City, which is also developing fast. "At first, we got Jay Park, and then <a href="/music/bone-thugs-n-harmony">Bone Thugs-N-Harmony</a>. We have amazing record line-ups, and we are bringing in a lot of MCs who make great trap electronic music," they shared. "So far, the response has been great, and we hope to bring our music to a new place."

2017 was definitely a big year for Asian musicians, as K-Pop groups like <a href="/music/BTS">BTS</a> rose to fame in the U.S. and other European countries. Far East Movement said it is a good chance for them to show the world the standard of Asian music.

"We are so glad that Asian countries are targeting the global market, like BTS are singing in Korean, and Chinese hip-hop group <a href="/music/Higher-Brothers">Higher Brothers</a> are rapping in Chinese," they said. "They are not trying to change who they are. That makes us more proud and more excited to present our music despite some differences in cultural background."

Check out the full interview and find out more about Far East Movement's performance at <a href="http://www.billboardradiochina.com/bb2/09-March-2018-far-east-movement-East-West-the-new-bop-10-questions" target="_blank">Billboard Radio China</a>, and watch the interview highlights video here:
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