Who are The Japanese Popstars?
After seeing the line-up for Glastonbury we stumbled across this band. Don’t be confused by their name – the three band members are not from Japan, but Northern Ireland. They’re also not ‘popstars’, as their obtrusive music is more at home in dance tents than MTV.
After being inspired to make their music after seeing a dance act at Ireland’s Oxygen Festival, the band quickly received critical acclaim. In 2008, they won ‘Best Live Act’ at the Irish Music Awards – which they also received a year later – and were voted ‘Best Breakthrough Producers’ at the 2008 DJ Mag of British Awards. But then, we read an interview on their Facebook page, which said – ‘It’s a hell of a long way from Derry to Tokyo’. The Japanese Popstars are a journey, which started in Ireland and is including countries all over the world. A manifestation of the legacy of The Wild Geese.
Sprawling out of Derry and Dungannon, playing their first gig in Limerick they have ‘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’.
Here’s a little piece of the action: