Australian DJ Alison Wonderland is armed with killer vibe and open mind, and lets it all out when she hits the decks, playing all over the world in Ibiza, London, and locally at Splendour In The Grass. As she gears up for what is sure to be a stellar set at Parklife 2012, we caught up with her briefly to find out a little more about the five-foot-one blonde girl who tears up the dancefloor with her turntables. Here is what she had to say…
How did you come up with your stage name? Its clever, was it spur of the moment, or did you perform under other names before you finally found the one that worked?
My stage name was really spur of the moment – I needed a DJ name for a poster, I like puns and the name just popped into my head, I guess you can say I left it up to fate…
Was being a DJ your first foray into music, or did you try other forms? Were you in any cheesy bands, at school or otherwise?
Weirdly enough the plan was for me to become a classical cellist, I went to school at the Conservatorium High School in Sydney then studied music in Germany after year 12. When I came back to Sydney I picked up the bass and joined a couple of Indie bands in Sydney – then I discovered DJing. It was never a planned thing but I think I like it better that way, as I know I was definitely DJing because I loved it!
Following on, where did you get your first real break into the DJ scene?
Well my first break was A residency at the Sosueme parties in Sydney, then I just started getting booked at other venues – but I really do owe it all to Sosueme – it’s where I challenged myself and learnt to genre juggle.
Since then, you have performed at a number of cool venues, Ibiza at Pacha, MoS in London, Splendour in the Grass, what is your favourite venue and why?
I can’t pick just one! I love every gig I play :)
What do you look for in a track when you’re thinking of remixing it? Do you a have a particular way you select the songs?
I generally try not to listen to the original track too much when I do a remix – I love the challenge of taking a vocal and re-working a song with no pre-conceived thoughts. Its my favorite way to remix for sure
You’ve recently remixed 360 in ‘Boys Like You’, any plans to remix some other Aussie artists in the future?
Actually I am remixing another Aussie artist as we speak – am super excited about this one…
You have also recently released your debut mix album ‘Welcome to Wonderland’, what is your favourite track off the album?
Ooooh that’s a tough one! You can’t make me choose.
You’re playing at Parklife, (other than yourself) who are you most excited to see at Parklife and why?
Definately Robyn and The Presets. I have been a massive fangirl of these artists since forever!
In this modern era, every man and his dog seems to have a go spinning the decks, any advice to those aspiring DJs?
Use your brain and think outside the square.
Alison Wonderland is playing Parklife 2012, visit http://www.parklife.com.au for tickets and info.