Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

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Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Photo credit: Dan Wilton.
Background information
Birth name Orlando Tobias Edward Higginbottom
Also known as TEED
Born (1986-03-07) 7 March 1986 (age 28)
London, England
Genres Indie electronic, house, electro,[1] indie pop, UK garage
Occupations Record producer, DJ
Years active 2008-present
Labels Polydor
Associated acts Damon Albarn, Lulu and the Lampshades, Dillon Francis, BANKS
Website totallyenormousextinctdinosaurs.com

Orlando Tobias Edward Higginbottom (born 7 March 1986), better known by his stage name Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, is a British electronic music producer, DJ and singer based in London.

Early years[edit]

Orlando is the son of Professor Edward Higginbottom, conductor of the choir of New College, University of Oxford.[2] He was educated at the Cherwell School, Oxford.[3] A classically trained musician, he attended the Junior Royal Academy Of Music in London. Orlando began listening to electronic music in his early teens, through borrowing audio tapes from his older siblings.

After buying records and DJing since the age of 13, and experimenting with music production for several years, Orlando launched Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs in 2009. The name was intended to oppose the often pretentious world of dance music and underground cool, and together with his stage persona, inject some fun and colour into the club environment.

Orlando commented to Spin Magazine that he was looking for a name that "couldn't be cool, couldn't be put into some kind of scene that gets hip for six months and then falls out of fashion."[4]

In tandem with the name he conceived a stage show which involved dressing up as a dinosaur himself flanked by similarly dressed dancers.

2009 – 2011: Greco-Roman & Kinshasa One Two[edit]

TEED made his debut on Joe Goddard's Greco-Roman label in 2009 with the “All In One Sixty Dancehalls” EP, featuring a remix by British producers 2 Bad Mice. This was followed “All In Two Sixty Dancehalls” EP (featuring the single 'Garden') and by 'Household Goods' EP in November 2010.

In July 2011 Orlando was enlisted by Blur frontman Damon Albarn to take part in an album project connected with his work for well-known charity Oxfam. “Kinshasa One Two” was recorded over a period of six days in the Democratic Republic Of Congo (DRC) as part of the Oxjam music series and released on Warp Records in that year.

2012: Trouble LP[edit]

On 11 June 2012 TEED's debut album “Trouble” was released by Polydor Records. The album was well received, with favourable reviews from several well-respected music publications including the NME ("One of the UK’s most exciting young producers"), Pitchfork[5] and the BBC. iTunes UK named 'Trouble' as their 'Debut Electronic album of the year', it was DJ Magazine's 'album of the year' and it was number 5 in the BBC's end of year album poll.

'Trouble' was also voted 'Best Album' in DJ Magazine's Best of British 2012,[6] with TEED also picking up the award for 'Best Live Act'.[7]

TEED released a number of singles/EPs from the album besides the single “Garden”. These include “Trouble”, “Tapes and Money”, “Household Goods”, "You Need Me On My Own" and “Stronger/American Dream Part II”, which was released as a double single.

TEED appears in the music video for the single, "Trouble". The video was shot in Los Angeles, CA during May 2011 and directed by The General Assembly.

That same year he was enlisted by Pete Tong to record an Essential Mix, which was broadcast on his seminal Friday night show on 18 August 2012.

2013: Get Lost VI[edit]

On 8 July 2013 Crosstown Rebels released “Get Lost VI”, a compilation of music curated and mixed by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.

“Get Lost VI” featured tracks from Underground Resistance, Tiga, Breach, Trus'me, Axel Boman, Dave Aju, Mathew Jonson and more.

It was voted 'Best Compilation' in DJ Magazine's Best of British 2013.[8]

It also featured a collaboration by TEED and Eats Everything entitled “Lion, The Lion”, which was later released as a single with remixes by Dutch producer Gerd.

Live Show & Beyond[edit]

TEED has also produced music for other artists including BBC Sound Of 2014 nominee, Banks. He has composed two songs with the American artist, “Warm Water” and “Bedroom Wall”. He has also provided feature vocals for Dillon Francis on “Without You”.

TEED has remixed a number of artists (see Discography), most recently Disclosure's 'F For You' and Foals 'My Number'.

TEED has also presented shows on 6 Music and Rinse FM as well as performing live at Maida Vale Studios for Rob Da Bank's Radio 1 show and has made several appearances on the Boiler Room, including a back-to-back session with Friendly Fires.

TEED's 'Trouble' era live show combined visual and audio elements. He was notorious for his flamboyant headdresses and bright coloured handmade stage outfits and was usually accompanied by dancers. He has toured the globe extensively, with headline appearances at many of the world's best-known festivals, including Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Parklife, Secret Garden Party, Sonar, Amsterdam Dance Event and more.

TEED's live show has currently been placed on hold while he focuses on DJing and recording a new album.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Trouble

Extended Plays[edit]

  • All In One Sixty Dancehalls (2009), Greco-Roman
  • All In Two Sixty Dancehalls (2010), Greco-Roman
  • Household Goods (2010), Greco-Roman
  • Prehistory (2011), Greco-Roman
  • Prehistory II (2011),

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[9]
UK Dance
[10]
BEL (Vl)
[11]
"Trouble" 2011 Trouble
"Garden" 135 23 87
"You Need Me On My Own" 2012
"Tapes & Money"
"Stronger / American Dream Part II"
"Household Goods (re-release)"
"Your Love"
"Lion, the Lion" (with Eats Everything) 2013 Get Lost VI
"Without You" (Dillon Francis featuring Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs) N/A

Other albums[edit]

Remixes[edit]

Year Artist Song
2008 Sugababes "Denial"
2009 Asavioure & DJ IQ "Cracked It"
2010 Fenech-Soler "Lies"
Professor Green "Monster"
Sky Ferreira "One"
Darwin Deez "Constellations"
Tinashé "Saved"
Wafa "Ewid Disco"
Killa Kela "Everyday"
Deathray Trebuchay "No 6 Friend 1"
2011 Fur Coat "Space Ballad"
Lee Mortimer "Where the Party At"
Donae'o "When Angels Sing"
Katy Perry "Firework"
Lady Gaga "Marry The Night"
The 2 Bears "The Lunatics"
Crystal Fighters "Xtatic Truth"
Friendly Fires "Hawaiian Air"
2012 Jonquil "It's My Part"
2013 Foals "My Number"
Zinc feat. Sasha Keable "Only for Tonight"
Disclosure "F For You"[12]
2014 Little Dragon "Paris"

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