Smash hit records don’t just make themselves. They’re a strange blend of good fortune, know-how, talent and timing, with a dash of serendipity.

There’s no bigger record in the world right now than Tones and I’s ‘Dance Monkey,’ a record that currently sits atop the Australian singles chart for an 11th consecutive week, and a second stint at No. 1 in the U.K. and in at least 11 other territories.

Strip it all down, and Tones’ lightning-fast start has a weave of all those ingredients, with the sort of luck that even a leprechaun on his birthday can’t summon.

Jackson Walkden-Brown was there at the very start. And were it not for a moment of serendipity, a special anniversary, the right place and the right time, the global charts might look pretty different right now.

An experienced Queensland-based music lawyer and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at Bond University, Walkden-Brown co-manages Tones And I through his company Artists Only.

Walkden-Brown remembers the first time he laid eyes on Toni Watson as she was busking on the streets of Byron Bay. The young artist had talent to burn, playing a set of covers on a dodgy Casio keyboard. When folks stopped to watch, they didn’t leave in a hurry.