If you want a to get a reflection of how badly things have spiralled globally, just look at the titles of Alison Wonderland’s last three releases since she was last spotted in the Top 100 2019. In December came the hopeful, contemplative ‘Peace’. In March came ‘Bummed’, a soulful shoegaze number that soundtracked the start of our lockdowns. Most recently, in October, came the gnarly, swaggering bass of ‘Bad Things’, succinctly capturing the tone and tension of these turbulent times once again.
For Alison, however, times have been less turbulent. After years of intense touring and international on-road antics (something she covers in detail on the recently-premiered Underplayed documentary that dissects the gender and ethnic imbalance of the dance music industry), Alison has embraced the time out and headspace to enjoy a little gaming, sleep and mother nature’s finest. DJ-wise she’s still been as present as one can be during the great rave shutdown with modem-mashing sets for Digital Mirage and Lollapalooza and a series of DJ tutorials for her fans. With ‘Bad Things’ heralding rumours of her third studio album (her first in over five years), we hope the track titles reflect a more positive story through 2021!
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“Animal Crossing, making music and shrooms.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“Everyone should call people out if they’re acting whack! Sad Nazis.”
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“People not being labelled on anything but their art.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“Todd Terje ‘Inspector Norse’.”