Re: You have to “make it” outside your own country first
That's usually the case for Australian performers - ACDC, Little River Band, INXS, Men at Work, Powderfinger ... the market here is tiny as compared with the US, UK and mainland Europe. Meanwhile, before Sydney became the poker machine capital of the world and had a music scene, some fine bands would come over here after outgrowing their native New Zealand.
Some bands leave Australia for Europe or Japan and make it there but remain little known over here. Interesting to see how things play out with the rise of China and India.