Nomad Sound presents: The Japanese Popstars.
- The Turks Head Basement.
- Sunday 1st of June - Bank Holiday!
- Doors: 10pm
- General Admission: €10
On support duties: Nomad Sound's HOMEGROWN Dj's
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" June Bank Holiday with The Japanese Popstars "
The Album ‘Disconnect / Reconnect’ (Bedrock Records) OUT NOW.
The Single ‘Heavy Hitter / Vision’ (Bedrock Records) OUT JAN 2014
Now Rolling as a Two Piece, Gary Curran and Gareth Donoghue have torn up the rule book in 2012. With A full UK tour with ORBITAL under their belts, (A seminal gig in the Royal Albert Hall), two Orbital Remixes, A remix of ELBOW’s BBC Olympics Anthem ‘First Steps’ and a Festival tour this summer taking in main stage slots at Bestival, Global Gathering, Camp Besitival, Independience, Creamfields and More it is one hell of a ride.
Sometimes you need to challenge yourself to know how good you really are. It’s what the best in business, sport and the arts do to get to the top – and it’s driven by hunger.
The Japanese Popstars are ravenous. Since they first tasted success in 2006 with their first two releases on a small indie dance label, their career has been one smooth, upward curve. But now that line is about to take a sharp rise vertically. Three lads from Northern Ireland – two from Derry, one from Dungannon – who have spent the last two years racking up the air miles as they’ve taken their coruscating live show to all four corners of the globe… and still found time to make the record of their lives with their second album, 'Controlling Your Allegiance'.
The Japanese Popstars – Gary Curran, and Gareth Donoghue – may have been together for just four years, but they’ve carved out a reputation to rival the biggest names in dance music as a must-see live act and purveyor of raucous, foot-stomping, energetic electronic dance music.
In the two years since their debut album 'We Just Are' dropped on Gung-Ho!, featuring the twitchy, whooshing, big room anthems Sample Whore and Delboy’s Revenge, they’ve gone on two-week long tours of the States, played in Australia, across Europe and, of course Japan – a place that’s especially taken them to their hearts. No surprises there, then.
“It’s the first time we’ve been anywhere and found people waiting for us in our hotel when we arrived,” grins Gareth. “Funny thing is, they are the only interviews we ever do where they don’t ask about the name. They just accept it.”
The name? Let’s get this out of the way as quickly and as painlessly as possible. It was Decky’s idea. A fan of Japanese culture, especially it’s movies, the thought that getting Japan into the name would get them some attention over there.
“I came up with this and thought it would look good on a poster,” explains Decky. “I remember phoning Gary up in the car and asked what he thought. And all I could hear was him laughing.”
But it’s worked. At one stage, The Japanese Popstars were the only westerners in the Japan iTunes chart.
“We have thought that one day we might all move out there and live in a shack on Mount Fuji,” says Gareth, with a giggle.
It’s a hell of a long way from Derry to Tokyo. But The Japanese Popstars story started with the friendship, forged over a love for music and DJing, between Decky and Gary, which has now clocked up over 13 years.
“He’s the music,” says Decky of Gary. “He gave me my first gig years ago and we’d always kept in touch. Gary’s always been a DJ, so we’ve always managed to get on his guest list. Come New
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