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The Japanese Popstars Biography


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Birth Place: Derry and Dungannon, Northern Ireland
Years Active: 2006–present
Genres: Electronica, House


The Japanese Popstars are an electronic act from Derry, Northern Ireland, consisting of Declan McLaughlin aka Decky Hedrock, Gary Curran, and Gareth Donoghue. They are signed to indie label, Gung-Ho Recordings (Gus Gus, Zoo Brazil) in the UK, and Beatink in Japan (home of Underworld, Aphex Twin, and Cinematic Orchestra). Each member has his own alias. The act was nominated for "Best House DJs" at the 2006 World Urban Music Awards, "Best Live Performance" at the 2007 Northern Ireland Music Awards and won "Best Live Act" at the 2008 Irish Music Awards. They were also voted "Best Breakthrough Producers" at the DJ Mag Best Of British Awards 2008, awarded "No.1 Dance Album" by ''Hotpress'' magazine, and won "Best Live Act" and "Best Album" at the 2009 Irish Music Awards.

In 2010 they collected the Best Live Act award at the Irish Dance Music Awards and signed to Virgin/EMI Records.