Before anything else, I hope everyone can show some support by voting tomorrow (Friday) for Far East Movement’s “Like a G6″ on Z103.5 Head 2 Head at 7pm. (Call 416-798-1035 and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org) FM defeated Lil Jon ft. 3OH!3, winning with 70% of the votes. Let’s do it again tomorrow!
I’ve always strongly believed that music is subjective. Like all forms of art, it’s based on personal preferences. People have different tastes in music as they do in many other aspects of life; there is not ONE voice, one artist, or one genre that absolutely everyone likes. Obviously, I have my own preferences too. You’ve probably noticed that a lot of my recent posts have been about Far East Movement (aka. FM). As much as I don’t want to bombard you all with FM talk, I thought I should at least explain why I support FM as much as I do.
I first heard of them a few years ago when they collaborated with Jin Tha MC on a song called “Food Fight”. Later heard that their song “Round Round” was featured in the Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift soundtrack and it was a song that I was bopping my head to, but again they fell off my radar. When I heard the song “You’ve Got a Friend” and the rest of their “Animal” album, it was then that I started to really fall in love with their music. Growing up as a dancer, the beat in a piece of music is very important to me. Like I mentioned before, music is subjective. I guess FM’s music happens to have those beats that I look for.
For the past two years, I’ve listened to their music repeatedly and perhaps watched a few videos of them. For a long time though, I didn’t know very much about their background. It was during the time when I was stuck at home dealing with my vision problem that I started to learn more about FM through YouTube videos and reading their online interviews. It was the first time in years that I actually had time to myself, and of course when I’m passionate about something, I like to do a lot of research and get to know everything there is to know about the subject. With a patch on one eye, I would read about how they started writing music, the difficulties they encountered being Asian American rappers, and I would watch them speak in videos where they talk about their journey into the music industry. It was then that I realized they are very humble people and extremely hardworking. When I got the chance to meet and talk to them, they were one of the most humble people I’d ever met. They have a clear vision of what they need to do, which is why they are now signed to a major record label and is becoming more known. They often support good causes and they are helping in building a ground for Asians in the music industry (they’re probably the only Asian music group on the scene right now). I find them and their work to be very inspiring.
So yes, music is subjective. You may or may not like their music. But I hope that you all can show them some support and help them grow here in Canada, if not for simply the fact that they are great people.
Here is a short documentary about how they started: