ALI­SON IS MU­SI­CAL WON­DER

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD -

Ris­ing mu­si­cal ta­lent Ali­son Won­der­land was bul­lied in school but now, as she teeters on the cusp of su­per­star­dom, she’s hav­ing the last laugh.

In March the Aus­tralian mu­si­cian re­leased her de­but al­bum, Run, on which she sang and co-pro­duced most tracks.

Won­der­land (who won’t re­veal her real name or her age) started out as a DJ play­ing clubs in Syd­ney.

“I was do­ing the 4am shift, four or five nights a week,” she says. But go back even fur­ther she was a “geeky kid” in school who liked to play the cello.

“I was the small geeky kid that likes weird mu­sic. Yeah, one of them,” she says.

Won­der­land also says it was that taste in “weird” mu­sic that drew the bul­lies to her.

“I re­mem­ber when it was mufti day, plain clothes day ... and I was in a Bea­tles T-shirt and cargo pants and they were teas­ing me about wear­ing a Bea­tles T-shirt,” she says.

“But I think that was the day I re­alised I didn’t need to worry about those peo­ple be­cause I think if they were laugh­ing about the Bea­tles, then they’re prob­a­bly pretty lame.”

Won­der­land’s mu­sic in­cor­po­rates elec­tron­ica, fu­ture beats and pop pretty ef­fort­lessly. The al­bum’s break­out track, U Don’t Know fea­tures Wayne Coyne from the Flam­ing Lips.

“He (Wayne Coyne) heard the song, it was sent out to him, and I think he liked it and agreed to sing on it,” Won­der­land says.

That’s a huge en­dorse­ment for a mu­si­cian to re­ceive at the start of her ca­reer.

Su­per­star DJ Di­plo de­scribed her as “one of the best DJs from Aus­tralia”. As for her first al­bum, Won­der­land says there are go­ing to be peo­ple who hate it, which is fine with her.

“I know I put ev­ery­thing into it so if you hate it I’m glad you have an opin­ion,” she says.

DJ and pro­ducer Ali­son Won­der­land

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