Asian-American hip-hop quartet Far East Movement — best known for their worldwide smash hit "Like a G6" — parties hard and they're not ones to hide it.
The multicultural band of Asian descent — made up of Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif and DJ Virman — will be back in Singapore for a third time next month for a National Day Eve party held at Hard Rock Hotel in Sentosa.
Formed in 2003, the group first made their name known with their catchy tune "Round Round" which was featured in Hollywood blockbuster "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift".
But what catapulted the group to worldwide stardom was none other than the insanely catchy club anthem "Like a G6" — arguably their most commercially successful song to date.
But surely, with all the fame of an international name comes perks such as unlimited parties, booze and girls?
To that, lead rapper/producer Kev Nish laughed and told Yahoo! Singapore in a recent phone interview that "there's definitely a lot of partying, but I must say we use partying as a way to work".
Nish continued in a heavy American accent: "We definitely pride ourselves on the motto [of] 'Work hard, play hard'… We take the energy from the clubs and the shows straight to the studio or straight to our hotel rooms and just record music off that energy. [In fact], a lot of the new album 'Dirty Bass' was inspired from right off the stage or right off the club."
Since their smash hit in late 2010, the four-member band has grown from strength to strength, collaborating with a real who's who in music. Their most recent partnership was none other than Justin Bieber.
Nish was a ball of excitement as he gushed about the band's latest collaboration "Live My Life" with the Canadian teen idol — which has since peaked at No.4 on the Canadian charts.
Describing the Canadian singer as "humble" and "cool", Nish explained that the unusual collaboration materialised through mentor Snoop Dogg's introductions.
"We've [also] always been known to do something different, [something] outside the box… It especially brings a lot of age groups together and it was a fun collaboration," the Japanese-American rapper said.
"It's a real honour. As writers and producers, it's a dream come true… to be able to have artistes like Snoop Dogg rap over tracks that we make or parts that we write... it's like a dream that you don't want to wake up from," he explained.
When asked about the band's wishlist of artistes to work with, Nish immediately threw names such as Rihanna and Lil Wayne into the picture -- but not before eagerly naming the Beastie Boys as the band's number one artiste to collaborate with.
"We sampled the Beastie Boys once and we were honoured when they approved our song… [but] to be able to do an official collaboration with them would definitely be an honour," he said.
As the phone interview drew to an end, this reporter squeezed in one last question on the Los Angeles-based band's Singapore performance next month.
"Now that we're coming back with a full show, we would love to see Singapore take the crown for the craziest crowd and hopefully that will happen!" said Nish.
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"Far East Movement — National Day EVE Partee" will be held on 8 August 2012 at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore. Tickerts are sold at S$78 (excluding SISTIC admin charges) and are available at all SISTIC counters from 25 July, 10am.