Embedded with a Band

The dream of stardom lies in all of us; to be recognised for doing something so good that it creates interest from others is an emotion that is deeply rooted in our evolutionary heritage. To outrival our competitors in sport, bravery, art or even intellectually, can give us a social status of fame and public admiration.

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A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to document the rise to fame of an electronic music twosome named The Japanese Popstars. I followed the two musicians and their management team, as they played their foot-stomping electro beats at the biggest outdoor festivals the British Isles has to offer.

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The Japanese Popstars 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 and then every year since (4 years in a row). 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.

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My interests were to capture the nervous moment before facing thousands of fans as they stepped out on stage and the ecstasy after leading the crowds with their rhythms. Experiencing life on the road with musicians is not what I expected; the celebrated glamour is swamped with financial responsibilities and pressure from investors. I therefore wanted to show how modern day musicians deal with the complications of an overcrowded music industry.

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I find musicians interesting company, and for the most part very talented in many areas apart from music. Gary Curran and Gareth Donoghue are two very passionate musicians from Derry in Northern Ireland. The images from this project were taken whiles on tour with the Japanese Popstars  through the UK.

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About I AM Photography

Born in sunny South Africa I am an adventure seeker with a taste for beauty and good pictures. I have been in the industry for a couple of years now and learned my tricks from the best. www.iamfotografie.com

2 responses to “Embedded with a Band”

  1. RH says :

    Dankie Arra,

    Dit lyk baie goed. Het jy al punte gekry vir jou ander skripsie wat jy ingegee het?

    PaMa

  2. Phil Weymouth says :

    Great story, looks like you had fun.

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