Following the emergence of many successful acts fromDown Under, dance music’s spotlight is firmly fixated onAustralia as the search for the next big star in the genreintensifies. Having regularly gained attention and supportfrom many heavyweight international DJ’s, Nick Galea’sdestined to be the next local artist to follow theaforementioned trend.To Australian dance music aficionados, the Queenslanderneeds little introduction. His original productions, “T he LittleT hings”, “I Gotcha”, “Lonely World”, “Roses” and “I Believe”,featured prominently on the ARIA Club Chart as the lattergarnered widespread fanfare due to being used as thebacking music for Network Ten’s advertisement forNeighbours.Similarly well-received were many of Galea’s remixes. Histakes on Kaz James’ “Breathe” and Dizzee Rascal’s “DirteeCash” appeared at number one and three on the ARIA ClubChart, with “Dirtee Cash" being included on Ministry ofSound’s Clubbers Guide to 2010 CD. Other notable remixeswere delivered for Venuto’s “Love” and Chris Sorbello’s “SoLonely”.Despite the ever-present local success, Galea made adecision in 2011 to risk his standing in Australia’s sceneand push his sound internationally. Within weeks of thedemo being sent for his big-room vocal single “In My Life”,United Kingdom’s T hree Six Z ero Group (home toDeadmau5 and Calvin Harris) signed Galea to their inhouselabel One-Eighty Records.Nearly instantly, the success he was renowned for at homebecame apparent globally. Requested to officially remix there-release of One Brother’s timeless hit “Under the Water”,Galea crafted a take that didn’t butcher the original – a featto be recognised in this day and age – resulting in playsfrom Pete Tong, Tiesto, Chris Lake, Robbie Rivera andNO__ID.At the same time Galea’s bootleg of Bjork’s “Hyperballad”,which was originally created as a special tool for his warmupDJ gig for Sasha, continued to go from strength tostrength. En route to the impressive 30,000 YouTube viewsit has amassed today, Above and Beyond, Moguai, Sharam,James Z abiela and Dave Seaman supported this crowdfavourite.T he innovative sounds of the respective remix and bootlegproved to be the perfect precursor to the worldwide releaseof “In My Life”. Introducing the now-prominent vocals ofAmba Shepherd to the world, the single placed sixth onDMC’s Buzz Chart amidst support from Judge Jules, TomNovy, T hird Party and Morgan Page. Whilst Galea’s biggest solo hits had been crossoverproductions, by no means was he to be pigeonholed as aone-trick pony. In Australia for a tour, DJ Michael Woods metGalea who passed on a USB of tracks. “Conductor”, aunique main-room smasher with an orchestra breakdown,caught the ears of Example’s co-writer on “Change the WayYou Kiss Me”.Days later, Woods premiered the track at one of his gigsand received a ruckus reaction. It prompted him to include“Conductor” on an edition of his podcast. As fate had it,Woods was managed by T hree Six Z ero Group whopromptly contacted Galea in a move that led to “Conductor”being released on Woods’ Diffused Music imprint.Carl Kennedy, a man known for exceptional talent-spottinghaving worked with an emerging Dirty South and TommyTrash, chose Galea as a musician he wanted to work with in2012. On Kennedy’s Wasted Youth label, the pair released“Out of my Mind”, a track that found its way to front of Tiesto,Paul Oakenfold, Danny Howard and Roger Sanchez’s DJwallets.Which brings us to 2013: for 24 months, Galea’sinternational profile has propelled upwards. His stocks willrise further with the release of “Killing Me” featuring AmbaShepherd and the debut of a duo act being taken under thewing of one of the biggest names in the industry. Braceyourself, world, for the red carpet arrival of Australia’s nextstar dance music export.