AMP Switch Party #12: Far East Movement Were Far Out At Cinespace
TGIFF. That stands for “Thank God It’s Freakin’ Friday” and we were oh-so-excited to get our party on last Friday with the [lastfm]Far East Movement[/lastfm] at Cinespace in Hollywood for AMP‘s Pink For October Switch Party. These multicultural Los Angeles natives are not only consistently top of the Daly Download, full of fire to promote their new album Free Wired, and urban-swag gorgeous, they are super cool dudes.
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Part of the fun of going to AMP’s Switch Party is checking out all the beautiful people from around Los Angeles County. Girls dressed in skimpy bandage dresses with platform heels; guys wearing button-ups and brand-new trainers; everyone smiling and dancing up against each other. Damn, our listeners are hot! Combine that with plenty of strong drinks and Far East Movement’s dance-ready tunes and you’ve got a lethal combination of sexiness–lethal but totally awesome!
And what was going on backstage? The guys of Far East Movement were grubbing on some delicious Umami Burger (we hadn’t had dinner and were so tempted to grab a fry!) and trying not to get ketchup all over their slick, skinny-tied torsos. Bottle service was going down and everyone was “feelin’ fly like a G-6.” Like we said before, TGIFF.
When the FEM were finally feeling AMP’d up, they took the stage with sly dexterity, secretly sliding past the crowd, meeting the stage just as a roar of recognition and excitement buzzed through the audience. While we were busy (appropriately) dancing our butts off, the group played our favorites “Girls On The Dance Floor,” “Like A G6,” and “Rocketeer.” Everyone in the audience was dancing, even people who had claimed earlier in the evening that they “didn’t dance.” Which completely makes sense; Far East Movement is a well-tuned instrument of party-making on stage.
Perhaps it was that they were playing their “home turf” or maybe it’s the life-experiences of coming at the game from multi-cultural, multi-ethnic backgrounds, but every member of Far East Movement had a unique talent to contribute to the show.These guys work super-hard onstage and you could see that when they came off and were momentarily from all the energy they spent.
Post-show, Far East Movement and their dance-exhausted fans met in a sweaty huddle in the backstage/green room area. After they had cooled down a bit, McCabe sat down with them for a couple of minutes and asked for the lowdown on what it’s like to get paid to be “party animals.”
McCabe asked the guys what it was like to have their song “Like A G6” be #1. They modestly replied:
“It’s an honor, man. It’s an honor for LA representing “Like A G6,” Free Wired. You know like we said on stage, we’re just some random L.A. kids…for that to happen is like a dream come true, so we’re grateful. Thank you.”
Then McCabe asked them what was “next for Far East Movement.” The answer?
“We’re actually headed on tour with La Roux…and from then we’re just going to be staying Free Wired for 2011. A new music video for our new song “Rocketeer” with Ryan Tedder. It’s gonna be representing L.A. There’s a lot of L.A. cameos from DJ Quik to Soul Assassins…and more. It’s gonna be a lot of fun.”
At the end of the interview, the Far East Movement posed a question for McCabe, “One question, McCabe. Is it time to get slizzard?” McCabe began to blush and said, “Last time we were in Vegas, these guys mind-erased me.”
With drink in hand and the after-glow of the consummate dance-party tunes of Far East Movement, we were pretty sure of one thing: we were going to strive to get “slizzard” and “mind-erased” as well. TGIFF!