Alison Wonderland

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Alison Wonderland
A 27-year-old woman is standing. Her arms are down at her sides and her legs are crossed at her ankles. She wears her brunette-blonde hair long and has on a pair of dark sunglasses. Her top is dark, over top is a large white symbol.
Attending the ARIA Music Awards
The Star, Sydney, December 2013
Background information
Birth name Alexandra Sholler
Born (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 31)
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 2008–present
Labels
Website alisonwonderland.com.au

Alexandra Sholler (born 27 September 1986), who performs as Alison Wonderland, is an Australian electronic dance music DJ, producer and singer. Her debut album, Run, was released on 20 March 2015, which peaked at No. 6 on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified gold by ARIA. She was listed at No. 89 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs in October 2017.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Alison Wonderland was born as Alexandra Sholler in 1986.[1][2][3] Alison's father Gary is the director of pediatric cardiac services in the only pediatric cardiac service in the state of NSW and a world renowned pediatric cardiologist. She grew up in Sydney where she trained as a classical musician, specialising in cello.[4][5][6] She performed as a cellist with the Sydney Youth Opera and was later a bass guitarist in a few local indie rock bands.[5][6]

Wonderland later recalled how she developed an interest in electronic dance music, "I went out to a club called Candy's Apartment... Someone played 'Silent Shout' by the Knife... I remember just completely zoning out... and walking over to the DJ and asking, 'What is this track?! Please tell someone what this track is, because this is amazing'."[7] Her performance name is a pun.[4][8]

During 2012 she worked as a remixer on Sam Sparro's "I Wish I Never Met You", which appeared as a bonus track on that artist's Japanese version of his second album, Return to Paradise (June 2012).[9] Sneha Dave of Music Feeds observed, "[she] proves once again why she's becoming somewhat of a remix authority. Recently played by none other than Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1, [her] rendition perfectly complements Sparro's creamy vocals. Infused with a deep house sensibility, yet imprinted with original flair, this arrangement depicts exactly what a good remix should be – a tribute to the original."[9]

Also in 2012 Wonderland toured with the Parklife Music Festival, visiting Australian city parks in September to October.[10] Her set list included her remixes, Sparro's "I Wish I Never Met You" and Ladyhawke's "Blue Eyes (Alison Wonderland Remix)".[10] Highlights were presented by Falcona on Vimeo, where she was also interviewed by the Bondi Whispers.[10] Purple Sneakers' Lauren Payne noticed, Wonderland's version of "Blue Eyes" is "a very digital remix of Ladyhawke's catchy new single. Swapping the guitar and drums for a more electronic vibe, [Wonderland] has make some techno tweaks to the single and the end product is, in true [Wonderland] style, just plain splendiferous!"[11]

2013–14: "Get Ready" to Calm Down[edit]

Alison Wonderland released her debut single, "Get Ready" (featuring Fishing), in July 2013.[4][12][13] The track was co-written by Sholler with Russell Fitzgibbon, Brendan Picchio and Douglas Wright.[14] Fitzgibbon and Wright perform as a house music duo, Fishing.[15] She was signed to EMI Music Australia in 2014,[4] which is part of Universal Music Australia.[16] As a DJ, she embarked on a national tour playing in warehouses.[17]

On 27 June 2014 her five-track debut extended play, Calm Down, was released.[12] It provided two singles, "I Want U" (May) and "Cold". "I Want U", which was co-written by Sholler with Andrew Swanson (a.k.a. Djemba Djemba),[18] peaked at No. 38 on the ARIA Singles Chart,[12] and was certified gold by ARIA in 2016.[19] It topped the Hype Machine charts as her biggest hit to that time.[20]

2015–16: Run to "Messiah"[edit]

In February 2015, Wonderland released "U Don't Know" which featured Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips on guest vocals.[21] The music video gained popularity due to Christopher Mintz-Plasse's lead role alongside Wonderland.[22][23] "U Don't Know" peaked at No. 63 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[12] In March, Wonderland released her debut studio album Run. For the album Wonderland used fellow Australian artists, Slumberjack and SAFIA as well as various producers, Djemba Djemba, Awe, and Lido.[21] It peaked at No. 6 in Australia and No. 12 in New Zealand.[12][24] K Spence from YourEDM.com praised the album due to its diversity and her involvement in the album, as she was credited as a writer, vocalist and producer.[25] The title track was issued as a single on 11 June, along with its music video. The music video peaked at No. 6 in Australia which made it her biggest hit to date. "Run" had over two-million streams on Spotify as of 20 January 2016.[26]

On 4 August 2015 a video for the album track "Take It to Reality" featuring SAFIA was released[27] On 4 September 2015 Run was released in the United Kingdom. The third and final single, "Games", was issued on 9 September, and was praised by Spence for its lack of trap elements, in which most of Wonderland's music incorporates.[25] The music video was released on the same day and was a one-take scene of Wonderland performing many sports including Grid Iron, Martial Arts and Chess.[28] A deluxe edition of Run was released on 30 October, which included remixes of the singles, "U Don't Know", "I Want U", "Games", "Run" and "Get Ready".[29]

Alison Wonderland was nominated for in two categories at the ARIA Music Awards of 2015, Best Dance Release for the single, "Run"; and Best Video for "U Don't Know" featuring Wayne Coyne.[30] The latter was in a category that was publicly voted. She was one of eight nominees to gain exactly two nominations.[31]

Her song "Run" was listed on Triple J Hottest 100, 2015 at No. 59.[32] On 6 February 2016 she previewed a track, "Messiah", at a show, which incorporated more pop elements compared to her earlier material.[33] It was released as a single late in 2016 with Australian hip-hop producer, M-Phazes.[34]

2017-present: "Happy Place" to Awake[edit]

On 22 September 2017 Alison Wonderland was named New Artist of the Year at the Electronic Music Awards.[35] On 21 October 2017 she was ranked No. 89 on British magazine, DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list.[36] On 9 November 2017 she released a track, "Happy Place", ahead of her second album, Awake.[37][38] Kat Bein of Billboard felt, "[it] purposely plays on the wild ups and downs of mental illness. It opens with airy strings and grounding chimes as Wonderland sings about her struggles to remain in sunny spaces. Tensions grows as the build leads to a jungle gym of clashing noise, landing in one of Wonderland's wildest creations to date."[38]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak positions
AUS
[12]
NZ
[24]
US
[39]
US Dance
[40]
2015 Run
  • Released: 20 March 2015
  • Record label: EMI Music Australia
6 12 1
2018 Awake
  • Released: 6 April 2018
  • Record label: EMI Music Australia
7
[41]
14
[42]
88 1

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album
2014 Calm Down
  • Released: 27 June 2014
  • Record label: EMI Music Australia

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Certification Album
AUS
[12]
NZ
Heat.

[43][44]
US
Dance

[45]
2013 "Get Ready"
(featuring Fishing)[4]
Non-album single
2014 "I Want U" 38 ARIA: Gold[46] Calm Down
"Cold"
2015 "U Don't Know"
(featuring Wayne Coyne)
63 Run
"Run"
"Games"
2016 "Messiah"[47]
(featuring M-Phazes)
Non-album single
2017 "Happy Place"[38] Awake
2018 "Church"[48] 54 5 35
"No"[49] 7 44
"High"[50]
(featuring Trippie Redd)
18

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Singles Peak positions Album
NZ
Heat.

[51]
2018 "Easy" 9 Awake

Remixes[edit]

2012

2014

  • Crooked Colours: "Come Down"[54]

2015

2017

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Recipient Category Result
2015 ARIA Music Awards "U Don't Know" Best Video Nominated
"Run" Best Dance Release Nominated
2017 Electronic Music Awards Herself New Artist of the Year Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  26. ^ [1][dead link]
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  28. ^ Alison Wonderland – 'Games'. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2016 – via YouTube. 
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  49. ^ https://open.spotify.com/track/4X23e7zuUkQvn2k6nvJwYc?si=IOjZlr-cQJuUYXuYEoFDZA
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  52. ^ Darke, Brayden (27 January 2012). "Listen: Alison Wonderland Remixes 360 Song 'Boys Like You'". Music Feeds. 
  53. ^ Darke, Brayden (30 March 2012). "Listen: Alison Wonderland Little Dragon 'Shuffle A Dream' Remix". Music Feeds. 
  54. ^ "Premiere: Crooked Colours – Come Down (Alison Wonderland Remix)". Stoney Roads. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  55. ^ "Ocean Drive (Remixes) by Duke Dumont on Apple Music". iTunes (UK), Apple Music. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  56. ^ Murray, Robin (8 September 2015). "Premiere: Hermitude - 'The Buzz' (Alison Wonderland Remix)". Clash. 
  57. ^ Rishty, David (17 December 2015). Alison Wonderland Remixes Justin Bieber's 'What Do You Mean'. Billboard. 
  58. ^ Bein, Kat (26 February 2017). Alison Wonderland & Lido Remix Each Other's Songs 'Crazy' and 'Messiah': Listen. Billboard. 
  59. ^ New Rules (Alison Wonderland Remix) - Single by Dua Lipa on Apple Music. iTunes (AUS), Apple Music. Retrieved 25 August 2017. 

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