Alison Wonderland shared her new single, “Bad Things,” a deeply personal song that she says is about “confronting your demons and dealing with them.” The track features a bruised string section circling her earworm vocal, ahead of a tough and blissful drop, and showcases her expert handle on light and shade – hallmarks of the very best electronic music.
Directed by Peter Don and produced by Satien Mehta, the “Bad Things” video was filmed on location at an eerie rustic ranch in Santa Clarita, CA and explores themes of dealing with one’s demons.
Since emerging in 2009, Alison Wonderland has quietly inched towards mainstream ubiquity – receiving the highest female DJ Billing ever at Coachella, capturing the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums twice, headlining sold-out arenas and festivals around the globe and clocking upwards of 500 million combined global streams.
After regular nightclub sets around Australia and a series of remixes for everyone from Little Dragon to Justin Bieber, she made her full-length debut in 2015 with Run – which entered Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 1 and attained Gold status down under. She made her U.S. live debut at Coachella. In 2017, she took Best New Artist honors at the first-ever Electronic Dance Music Awards while her remix of Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” soared to No. 1 on the dance charts.
Wonderland’s 2018 sophomore album, Awake, levelled up every element. Her all-star cast of collaborators included Joel Little (Lorde), Illangelo (The Weeknd), Party Favor (Mad Decent), Lido, Chief Keef and Trippie Redd. The album became the multi-talented phenomenon’s second straight No. 1 bow on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart as “Church” soared past the 14 million mark on Spotify in just a few months, leading her to become Billboard Dance’s “Breakout Artist of 2018” and the magazine’s 2019 Dance Issue cover star.
In 2019, between headline slots at festivals around the world, Wonderland played her own headline concerts, which sold over 100,000 tickets globally and included two sold-out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado (filmed in multi-camera 4K VR). She also produced and promoted her own worldwide “Wonderland Warehouse Project” tour. Simultaneously, Wonderland’s “Radio Wonderland” show clocked five million-plus iTunes downloads, broadcasting to over 20 countries and featuring prominently on the Sirius XM channel Diplo’s Revolution.
“Bad Things,” Wonderland’s first new music of 2020, is the first single from her forthcoming album, planned for 2021. The Los Angeles-based, Australian artist/producer debuted the song during her Virtual Lollapalooza 2020 set. Combined career streams of Wonderland’s songs have now surpassed 500 million. Each of her two previous albums – Run and Awake – captured the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart.
In addition to writing, recording and producing furiously during lockdown, Wonderland has created a five-star sanctuary in Animal Crossing that caught the attention of The Washington Post, talked paranormal stuff with Loserfruit on Twitch, performed a series of acclaimed virtual sets, including Digital Mirage, continued producing her globally broadcast radio show, “Radio Wonderland,” plus started a side hustle as a YouTuber with her DJ tutorials. Alison also appears in the documentary UNDERPLAYED, which premiered at The Toronto Film Festival this month. Stacey Lee’s uplifting documentary examines gender inequality in the electronic dance music scene.