Alison Wonderland was born as Alexandra Sholler in 1986. She grew up in Sydney where she trained as a classical musician, specialising on cello. She performed as a cellist with the Sydney Youth Opera and was later a bass guitarist in a few local indie rock bands.
Wonderland later recalled how she developed an interest in electronic dance music, “I went out to a club called Candy’s Apartment… Someone played ‘Silent Shout’ by the Knife… I remember just completely zoning out… and walking over to the DJ and asking, ‘What is this track?! Please tell someone what this track is, because this is amazing’. Her performance name is a pun.