INTERVIEW: The return of the Japanese Popstars

The local duo set to play the Together Music Festival and Sandinos Venue on Saturday 27th May

The Japanese Popstars - Let Go

Uploaded on 1 Oct 2010 Music video by The Japanese Popstars performing Let Go. Taken from the Album 'Controlling Your Allegiance'

The Together Music Festival takes place this weekend featuring a host of international acts but one group in particular which many locals are eager to see will be the Japanese Popstars who play their home town after a long break from the scene.

With over 5,000 expected to descend on Ebrington Square this Saturday (27th May), it’s sure to be a homecoming to remember for the local duo.

The Japanese Popstars, aka Gary Curran and Gareth Donoghue, return to the city to take to one of three stages which the festival will host and the duo can’t wait to spin the decks locally once again.

“We’re very much looking forward to playing Together Festival and seeing all the other acts on the bill especially Sasha. It has been a wee while as they say” said Gary when we caught up with him this week.

But it’s not the first time the duo have shared the stage with some of those acts who are on the bill. “Over the years we have played lots of clubs and festivals which had us on the same billing as many more established acts and piers, it is always good though to still see your name on posters” he laughs.

Gary was keeping his cards close to his chest quizzed about any new material which may be dropping from the Japanese Popstars. “I can't say too much just yet about that, but there may or may not be some new music being tested this weekend” he said. Is that a hint? We’ll let you decide.

The guys will be celebrating their return with a follow up gig at Sandinos Venue later the same evening and it’s expected to be a busy one, so get there early. Doors open at 10pm and it a mere 5 quid in. Bargain.

“We’re hoping to see some familiar faces there too and the standard tops off by some people at some point” he laughs.  

Away from the Japanese Popstars, Gary has been producing music as Confute and he has some new tracks on the horizon.

“ I have new EP coming in the near future ‘Wash Over EP’, which is another collaboration with R.E.C on Compatible Records.

“I’m just waiting on the remixes to be returned and then before the rest of the year is over, I will be drip feeding out all the Confute material on my own label” he said.

And what can we expect from the new music? “It’ll be a combination between hefty drums and dark sounds for my individual work and then slightly more uplifting melodic work in the collaborations” he reveals.

Confute will be aiming for a summer release, so keep your eyes peeled for more info on Facebook.

Tickets are still available for this Saturday’s festival and can be purchased here, but be warned, they’re selling fast!  



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