JAPAN Popstars are an electric trio from Derry, Northern Ireland, focusing on the same type of pop-leaning big beats that fueled ’90s acts like Underworld, the Prodigy, and Orbital. Gary Curran (aka DJ Curntables), Declan McLaughlin (aka Decky Hedrock), and Gareth “Galo” Donoghue debuted using the one “Rodney Trotter” (called for a personality in the United kingdom sitcom Just Fools and Horses and having a primary hook raised from New Order’s “Blue Mon”) in 2006, accompanied by “Dirty Popstars on your own Radio” and a divide remix EP with Groove Armada the next year. Signing towards the electronica label Gung Ho Recordings, japan Popstars released the three-track EP 1 in the springtime of 2008, with debut full-length We Simply Are pursuing that summertime. The record peaked at amount 89 for the Irish Albums Graph and gained the group a agreement with Virgin. Managing Your Allegiance, their initial record for the label, premiered in 2011. Also thought to be top-notch performers, japan Popstars earned the Irish Dance Music Honours’ Greatest Live Act name for a number of consecutive years.