Last year saw her US live show debut at Coachella, her debut album Run debuting at #1 on the US Electronic Billboard charts, a US tour taking in stops in NYC, Miami and Chicago, plus EDC Las Vegas, Lollapalooza, a European tour and a huge, sold-out Australian warehouse tour. For Alison Wonderland, 2016 is looking very bright.
The way you hear her tell it, she has wanted to name her first album Run since before she knew how to play an instrument. It’s something that she’s carried with her over a diverse career spanning multiple projects, all of which have crystallized in a record that’s a twisted looking glass into the soul of one of Australia’s most promising musicians/producers.
Welcome to the contradictory world of Alison Wonderland, an Australian artist who has written an album during her time in Los Angeles; a public personality who privately obsesses over her music with near-maniacal intensity; and an electronic producer who is equally proud of her pop songs and her festival bangers.
She’s a chemical performer who has played cello in orchestras, rocked the bass in indie bands, and graced turntables in front of thousands. From Stereosonic to Splendour and Coachella, not to mention a killer Diplo and Friends BBC radio mix and a national run of secret warehouse shows that sold out in hours, Alison Wonderland has probably racked up more air miles in the last 18 months than hours of sleep.
Thanks to the nonstop rotation of her breakout hit “I Want U,” which topped Hypemachine, and its EP Calm Down, which garnered millions of plays on SoundCloud, Wonderland has become known not only as a crowd-pleaser, but also for her ability to craft great songs. “The way to be a good producer is about using your ears,” says Wonderland. “If you just did what textbooks said, nothing new would ever happen.”