Why Alison Wonderland Wears Big Shirts and Biker Shorts
Alison Wonderland is an Aussie native dominating the electronic world.
With an iconic look and a cult-like following, she has music lovers swooning. After spending time kicking back in her glamorous trailer at Ultra Music Festival filled herÂ all-Aussie squad, Alison opened up about how gender doesnâ€™t define her, or her music.
In the q+a below, Alison gives beauty tips and advice on how to make it in theÂ growing electronic world.
Galore: Does your gender have an impact on your career?
I mean, earlier on when I started it wasnâ€™t fashionable to be a DJ or producer, it wasnâ€™t as commercial. When I was playing at underground clubs I found I was judged. Itâ€™s part of the reason I still wear big T-shirts when I play and GoPros over my hands, to show that Iâ€™m really live mixing. ItÂ was sad that I had to do that because I was getting doubted. But overall, it pushed me to do better,Â go harder, sit down, and practice new tricks.
What are theÂ advantages of being a female musician?
I try not to make it an issue. It’s neitherÂ a disadvantage nor an advantage. The less I speak about my gender, the less itâ€™s made an issue. I donâ€™t really try to take me being a female musician into consideration when Iâ€™m mixing or making a track. Usually, I donâ€™t bring my sex into my playing. Â
Do you have any pre show rituals?
I have to chew green gum. I jump around in a little spot by myself. I donâ€™t like to be touched or spoken to before I perform.
Any tips for on the road dating?
Date someone whoÂ understands touring.
What are your beauty rituals while on tour?
I drinkÂ lots of water. It’s important not toÂ get f*cked up every night. I quit smoking. I swear by Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. During bus tours thereâ€™s no shower, so dry shampoo and makeup remover wipes are important. I only get to shower when I get to the venue!
Do you like to getÂ drunkÂ before your shows?
I used to drink a little bit during my shows, but for this tour Iâ€™ve only drank a few times and I feel really good.
Any makeup and beauty looks you couldnâ€™t live without?
Good eyebrows and concealer. I preach eyebrows and eyelashes. When Iâ€™m onstage I never want to worry about what I look like. Iâ€™m going to get sweaty and Iâ€™m going to make a silly face. It’s important that I’m able to let go and be myself.
Who are your biggest musical inspirations?
DJ AMâ€™s mixes are really big influences of mine. They took me on a journey without feeling jagged. A-Trak is another influence of mine. So is DJ Easy. My biggest producing influencers are the Knife and Hudson Mohawk.
Your style seems to be a trademark! Most people think you perform with no pants on.Â
I wear biker shorts underneath! My usual on-stage look is an oversized t-shirt, thigh high socks, creepers or platform sneakers, and overalls.
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