Let’s take a trip down the rabbit hole where all the best people are entirely bonkers, and head straight to the land down under. Though noted for such names as Sydney (city but still a famous name), Irwin, Jackman, and Iggy, there is another name ready to burst from the outback in a major way in 2016. Some may know her as Alex Sholler, but for EDM fans across the globe we identify her as Alison Wonderland. She is poised for a massive year, and it’s tough not to see why.
The classically trained cellist turned her attention to EDM after hearing “Silent Shout” from The Knife, and after saving up for her own laptop started her career under the alias Whyte Fang. Though there is quite a contrast between her former and current sounds, her time as Whyte Fang set a robust framework for her new musical endeavor, and just from listening to her track “Heart” you get an undeniable sense of her potential.
What makes Alison Wonderland so compelling is her sound is profoundly distinctive from the norm. From her remixes of Duke Dumont, Crooked Colours, and Justin Bieber to her original works with SAFIA, Djemba Djemba, and Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, each track has its own aura about it and embodies this artist’s heart and soul. It’s difficult to pinpoint an exact genre to place her in, but that is part of what makes her so unique. She says, “I try not to think in genres. When creating, it has to really speak to me and make me feel something.” She does mention she is drawn to certain sounds, though.
This past year, Alison Wonderland debuted her first album “Run”, and with that her following skyrocketed with a plethora of new fans, while at the same time leaving those who knew her from her “Calm Down” EP and prior more than satisfied. From the word go with her title track “Run”, the vibe of this album is in its own world compared to other albums released last year. It’s edgy, captivating, and equal parts bass pounding and melodically spellbinding in nature. The album is filled with chilling vocals, most of which from her alone, and musical production that leaves your body swaying to each beautiful rhythm, truly climaxing when you run into the paragon that is “I Want U” (which was a sensation well before the album even came out). It is plain to hear this isn’t one of those albums a big name releases just to stay relevant, but rather a personal epic that radiates from her soul and invites all who listens to take a quick peek into her artistic realm.
So, you release a chef-d’oeuvre of an album, what comes next? Stepping out of the Australian warehouse life, Alison Wonderland is set to embark on a bus tour across the nation starting next month. And if you were fortunate enough to witness her live production skills in person at one of the many festivals she was a part of this past year, you’ll know these are shows you will not want to miss. Her wizardry behind the decks matches her skills in the studio, and I’m sure everyone in attendance will leave the show mesmerized; her energy is turbulent and her bass-laden sets will have the inner fibers of your being quaking each second she is on stage.
Though by now she’s very well-known to many, I promise you by year’s end the rest of the world will know who Alison Wonderland is, and soon that name will be more synonymous with her than the similarly sounding book. And she deserves every bit of praise and recognition she garners; here we have an artist who loves the music she creates and it shines through in each song she creates, showing she’s one of the most genuine artists out there. She’s truly one of a kind, and not just one of the best female artists going right now but one of the very best overall.
I asked her what her plans for 2016 were (besides the tour obviously) and her answer was soothing in its simplicity and effectiveness. She said, “I want to keep creating and playing music. I want to grow and innovate and stay honest with what I love.” Simply put, 2016 is set to be a colossal year for the Australian super woman. And I can’t wait to join her on the ride. If you haven’t already, you’d better “Run” to the bandwagon now before it overflows. Because trust me, it will.
From my first festival experience at Buku 2013 I have been a nonstop part of the EDM community and love every aspect of it. I have been writing for as long as I can remember and it's what I love to do, so music + writing is the perfect combination for me.