ALISON IS MUSICAL WONDER
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