She may be tiny, but Alison Wonderland is huge. Massive. The signs are all there. More than one-and-a-half million followers on social media, hundreds of millions of streams, a No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (with 2018’s Awake) and an appearance in the trade title’s top 100 DJs of 2019.
And, of course, there was that performance before 20,000 nutters at Coachella 2018, a gig she later spoke of as “the biggest show of my life.”
With that set in the California desert, Alison Wonderland became the highest billed DJ in Coachella history. And it confirmed her as the world’s highest-profile female DJ. No lie. But, really, there’s no need to bring gender into it.
Speaking to MTV.com for a feature on “women in EDM,” the Sydney-born, Los Angeles-based DJ and producer is clearly way beyond the label of being just a woman in EDM.
“I’m an artist. I’m not a female artist. I’m a woman and I’m proud of being a woman and I love being a woman. But my art doesn’t have a gender and it never has,” she tells MTV.com.
Alison Wonderland at Tomorrowland Belgium
Wonderland, known to friends and family as Alexandra Sholler, is a nothing short of a touring beast. During the current, baking northern summer, she’s hit main stages at a long list of festivals, including HARD Summer in California and Pukkelpop Festival today in Belgium and many more.