In Europe, Michal again had the opportunity to collaborate with Gerry Deveaux, this time recording a track entitled “The Power”, featuring Gerry and Rozalla, singer of that 90s dancefloor classic, “Everybody’s Free”. After breaking the European dance scene, Michal returned home to Australiaand spent 2004 writing and recording his debut album, UNCOVERED – The Remixes and released it the following year to rave reviews. He sung as lead vocalist on renowned electro band, Southend’s cover of the Bronski Beat classic “Small Town Boy” and on the lead single of the Celebrity Drug Disasters’ debut album. It was shortly after this that Michal was to face an unlikely challenge. His shining talent had caught the eye of many a record producer, and he was quickly invited to take his career in a more commercial direction.
Suddenly, the success and worldwide adulation he’d always dreamed about were at his fingertips and he spent months locked away recording and reinventing his identity. Before long though, the pressure of being forced along the pop factory conveyor belt became too much, and he had to walk away. “For me life and music is about being true and honest with yourself and those around you; for standing up for who you are and what you feel. When I first started out in the music industry, I was a member of a number of boy bands, but it never felt right for me. I felt more comfortable becoming an independent artist.
Then, suddenly, I found myself in a situation where I was being told that to be a commercially successful artist, I had to sacrifice my identity and become a pop product…which went against everything I believed in. It was undoubtedly the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make – to let go of the dream of a lifetime in order to be true to who I am”. More than one year on and Michal’s not looking back. His resolution not to compromise his artistic integrity has left him stronger and more determined than ever before. His latest single, “Another Day”, is his most honest yet and reveals the bitter pain of being rejected by the one you love.
Here, Michal opens up his heart right up and invites you all up onto the stage of his soul for a emotional and passionate performance. This show-stopper is Michal Nicolas to the core: melodically complex, it features enchanting Middle Eastern influences throughout the instrumentation and emotional lyrics are dramatised to an addictive house beat. Due to be released exclusively online in July 2007, the single also has kicking tribal and progressive trance remixes to uplift dancefloor afficionados everywhere, whatever their musical persuasion. Despite his hectic schedule Michal has also found time to get involved in projects beyond the music scene. Also in July 2007, Michal will launch teamm8, his own men’s underwear label.
Teamm8 is a typically Aussie range of stylish underwear for guys who wanna look good whether they're in the locker room or getting their pants off! Featuring athletic, classic briefs with a look combining both sport and fashion, the range has winning styling and a great, sexy shape which make them the perfect jocks to score in. Check out www.teamm8.com to grab a pair. Away from the music and design studios, Michal's also been working on a new show. This time though, you won’t have to head to a gig to catch him. Soon-to-launch Boy Around Town TV will allow you to get a slice of the action and a glimpse of some of the amazing people Michal gets to meet and incredible things he does as an artist.
Presented by the man himself, Boy Around Town TV is light-hearted entertainment and a guaranteed eyeful: hot interviews, upfront VIP experiences, behind-the-scenes exposes and some very sexy moments…all served up as bite-sized downloadable journeys. He'll take you along the way as he shows you the funny, freaky, stylish and sexy things he gets up to - after all, Michal's always been about sharing! Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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