Ahead of playing at Splendour in the Grass and Parklife, we chewed the fat with Sydney’s own DJ/producer Alison Wonderland whilst she was shopping at an Apple Store in floral pants.
Where are you and what are you wearing? I really hate that you just asked that question (laughs). I’m currently in the Apple Store wearing a black jumper with some tight, floral pants. You wear that in public? Thanks, yeah (laughs). I’m attempting to rock it but I don’t actually think I have enough pizzazz for it (laughs).
You’re very busy on the music scene these days. Do you still have a day job? This is my day job, being a musician, which is awesome. I couldn’t have asked for anything better than that. Must be the dream lifestyle, right? It really is. I start my day at 9AM like most other people. I self motivate myself to work through the day and I treat it like any other day job. The difference is that I get to work on my music, which I really love.
You’re playing shows from now, right up until November. Are you prepared for five months on the road? Yeah, for sure. I really love being on the road and the experiences that come with it. I always meet really interesting people, and end up having conversations with people I wouldn’t normally be in a position with.
Are you looking forward to Splendour and the Parklife festival circuit? I love music festivals. I love the adrenaline you get leading up to the show. You get such an amazing feeling when playing in front of those crowds. I’m really looking forward to both of those gigs. Anything special lined up? I don’t want to divulge any information on that (laughs), which may mean I don’t want to give away my secrets, or that I haven’t planned that far ahead (laughs).
Who’s on your ‘stalk-list’ for Parklife? I definitely want to see Robyn. She’s someone that I have wanted to watch for a really long time. I love her – I think she is really cool. Actually, I’m a sucker for all Scandinavian pop, except ABBA. I’m not a fan of ABBA (laughs). Little Dragon and Robyn – I’m definitely into. I’m also looking forward to seeing Art Department, Hermitude, and of course The Presets. I’m a huge Presets fan.
Given that people are exploring self-curated playlists these days with the release of Spotify and Rdio, it was interesting to see you released a compilation album. Well, when I signed with EMI, part of that deal was to release a compilation. The good thing was that I had a lot of creative freedom with it. I wanted to make something different and a little bit more interesting to what is already out there. So there’s some Azari & III, Arrested Development, Chemical Brothers, and Outkast. A bit of old school stuff mixed in with the new school, and that’s basically just the kind of music I’m really into at the moment. It’s heaps of fun (laughs).
Do you have any new collaborations or remixes in the works you can tell us about? As you know, I did a Little Dragon remix a few months back that was used on their official release. I’m really over the moon about that – I love those guys. My Sam Sparro remix has been getting airplay by Annie Mac and Pete Tong on Radio 1, which makes me really happy. That’s it for now because I’ve actually started working on some originals for a full album. I have been working on these babies for a long time now and I finally have the opportunity to release them to quite a large market. I’m really excited about getting an album released and I really hope people are going to dig it. When can we expect to see it? I’m not too sure just yet. I have a heap of demos ready but I’m still writing a bunch of stuff. So it’s all still in the beginning phase, and I want to make sure I’m 100% happy with everything before locking anything down.
Everyone should experience a bit of Wonderland. Here are a few of Alison’s production to warm your ears: