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Far East Movement
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Far East Movement at the 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards. From left to right: (formerly) J-Splif, Kev Nish, Prohgress, DJ Virman.
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active 2003–present
  • Cherrytree
  • Interscope
  • Delicious Deli
  • Spinnin'
  • Transparent Agency
  • Entertainment One
  • Kev Nish
  • Prohgress
  • DJ Virman
  • JT Rollerson
Past members
  • J-Splif

Far East Movement (abbreviated FM) is an American hip hop and electronic music group based in Los Angeles.

The group formed in 2003. Their 2010 single, "Like a G6", featuring pop-rap duo The Cataracs and singer Dev hit number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and on the iTunes chart in late October 2010, making them the first Asian-American group to earn a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Among their other chart successes are: "Rocketeer" featuring Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, which peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100; "Turn Up the Love", which peaked within the top ten of the charts in the United Kingdom, and their 2012 remix of the song "Get Up (Rattle)" by the Bingo Players, which topped the charts in the United Kingdom.

The group's latest album, Identity, is the first release under their own record label Transparent Music. Identity focuses on bridging Eastern artists with FM's Western dance music roots. The album received a positive review in Billboard magazine; the single "Freal Luv" with Marshmello featuring Tinashe and Chanyeol from the chart topping K-pop group Exo, received 40 million plays on YouTube. Far East Movement has also branched out with a number of collaborations on labels Ministry of Sound, Dim Mak, and Ultra.

In 2016, Far East Movement's company, Transparent Arts (TA), moved into artist management. TA manages seven artists of various genres, including Korean-American K-pop artistk Tiffany Young, rappers Dumbfoundead and Year of the Ox, DJ producers Yultron, Autolaser, and singer Satica. The artists have garnered millions of social media plays, sold out national tours, and have released tracks through labels Owsla, Spinnin', Armada, and Universal.

FM also has a joint label, BredNButter, with Trap City, a large YouTube dance music channel with more than ten million subscribers. BredNButter's many releases have amassed millions of plays in total in a little over a year of existence.

They also founded Identity Festival, a festival celebrating Asian American Heritage with the City of Los Angeles on the steps of City Hall that gathered over 10,000 attendees in 2018 with headliners Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and K-pop star Jay Park.

Far East Movement is in the process of recording their next full-length release.


  • Folk Music (2006)
  • Animal (2009)
  • Free Wired (2010)
  • Dirty Bass (2012)
  • Identity (2016)


Year TV/Movie Role Director
2009 Themselves Evan Jackson Leong
2010 Mobsters Natalia Kills
Themselves DPD, Casey Chan
2011 So Random! Musical Guest (Themselves)
2012 America's Best Dance Crew Musical Guest (Themselves)
Mac & Devin Go to High School Detention Students Jeff Hard
2015 Hell's Kitchen Dining Room Guests (Themselves) Sharon Trojan Hollinger


DJ Virman joined the group in 2007. Before joining Far East Movement, he was working as a DJ for the Power 106 radio station in Los Angeles.

On November 23 2016, the group announced that J-Splif had left the group due to family issues.

Current Members

  • Kev Nish (Kevin Nishimura, born January 12, 1980) (2003–present)
  • Prohgress (James Roh, born January 14, 1980) (2003–present)
  • DJ Virman (Virman Coquia, born January 24, 1982) (2007–present)
  • JT Rollerson (James Rollerson)

Former Members

  • J-Splif (Jae Choung, born February 11, 1984) (2003-2014)

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Far East Movement para niños

  • List of artists who reached number one in the United States
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