Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
|Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs|
|Birth name||Orlando Tobias Edward Higginbottom|
|Also known as||TEED|
7 March 1986 |
|Genres||Indie electronic, future house, electro, indie pop, UK garage|
|Occupation(s)||Record producer, DJ, vocalist|
|Labels||Polydor, Nice Age|
|Associated acts||Damon Albarn, Lulu and the Lampshades, Dillon Francis, BANKS, Riko, Luisa Gerstein and Anna Lunoe|
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.
Orlando is the son of Professor Edward Higginbottom, formerly conductor of the choir of New College, Oxford. He was educated at the Cherwell School, Oxford. 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.
In tandem with the name he conceived a stage show which involved dressing up as a dinosaur while flanked by similarly dressed dancers.
2009 – 2011: Greco-Roman & Kinshasa One Two
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
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 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.
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.
2013: Get Lost VI
On 8 July 2013 Crosstown Rebels released "Get Lost VI", a compilation of music curated and mixed by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.
It was voted 'Best Compilation' in DJ Magazine's Best of British 2013.
2014: Nice Age
Live Show and Beyond
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 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.
- 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),
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"You Need Me on My Own"||2012||–||–||—|
|"Tapes & Money"||–||–||—|
|"Stronger / American Dream Part II"||–||–||—|
|"Household Goods (re-release)"||–||–||—|
|"Lion, the Lion" (with Eats Everything)||2013||–||–||—||Get Lost VI|
|"Without You" (with Dillon Francis)||–||–||—||N/A|
|"Feels Like" (with Anna Lunoe)||2014||–||–||—||TBA|
|2009||Asavioure & DJ IQ||"Cracked It"|
|Deathray Trebuchay||"No 6 Friend 1"|
|2011||Fur Coat||"Space Ballad"|
|Lee Mortimer||"Where the Party At"|
|Donae'o||"When Angels Sing"|
|Lady Gaga||"Marry the Night"|
|The 2 Bears||"The Lunatics"|
|Crystal Fighters||"Xtatic Truth"|
|Friendly Fires||"Hawaiian Air"|
|2012||Jonquil||"It's My Part"|
|Zinc feat. Sasha Keable||"Only for Tonight"|
|Disclosure||"F for You"|
- Jason Lymangrover. "Trouble". AllMusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 22 March 2013.
- "BBC - Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs interview". Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- Tim Hughes. "Orlando Blooms". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and His Jurassic Pop". SPIN. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "BEST ALBUM". djmag.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "BEST LIVE ACT". djmag.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "BEST COMPILATION: TEED 'GET LOST VI'". djmag.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "PREMIERE: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs x Anna Lunoe: "Feels Like"".
- Peak positions for singles in the UK:
- For "Garden": "New Chart Entries > 29 October 2011". Zobbel.de.
- Peak positions for singles on the UK Dance Chart:
- "Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Belgium (Flanders) Charts". ultratop.be/nl/ Hung Medien.
- "Disclosure – F For You". Indie Shuffle.