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Millions of years ago a meteorite crashed into the world's surface, destroying all living creatures. Only Orlando remained, the remixing reptilian entity that is Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED).
Inspired by 80s boogie and pop, TEED is the one-man electronic music project with an instantly identifiable aesthetic and sound. Never found dressed down, Orlando Higginbottom is the garish DJ in the dinosaur onesie. Creating beats as distinguishable as his costumes, TEED has been on the cusp of greatness for some years, biding his time underground, waiting until the moment was right and the world was be ready for his pre-historic skills. Doing the rounds in London and Oxford, playing niche bars and clubs, Orlando's tunes are now in mass demand by those who have been lucky enough to be on the dance floor when he's been behind the decks.
With word of his infectious and progressive sound spreading like wild fire, TEED conceded to go public with his growing musical magic. Soon to be signed to a massively reputable label (but sshh it's top secret), TEED is touted as one of the most exciting acts in dance music right now. Nurtured as the new talent for 2011 by NME and adored by Annie Mac, Orlando is racking up a substantial amount of attention from all the right places. i-D Online spied on Orlando to find out what he has planned for the future...do-you-think-he-saurus...?
Who are your influences? I wish I had been old enough to witness the beginnings of dance music in the UK, and that feeling definitely influences my music. I've always been into bass heavy music: jungle, garage, dub etc. Also I love 80s boogie and pop. And Bach.
Your technique and sound is unique and accomplished, how did you hone your skills? I played piano from the age of six and started messing around on computers when I was twelve I think. I tried studying music production at Leeds College of Music, but everyone wanted to be a roadie so I dropped out. I've never been good with software and the physics side of things, I just play it by ear and see what I can get away with.
What’s the next gig you have planned? Live on Radio One from Sheffield on the 28th Jan. Pretty nervous about it!
Where’s the best party at? A club called Villa in Berlin that shut its doors forever recently. Playing the four day closing party was amazing.
Where's good in Oxford? The pubs, the parks, the rivers and canals, and there's some really good nights at The Cellar and The Bully. Also incredible museums and buildings. I can't say a word against it, music has taken me to a lot of famous cities and I always feel lucky coming home to Oxford.
What do you do when you've got nothing to do? At the moment I play a lot of table tennis. It could well be the best game on earth.
What's the most exciting thing in new music right now? That it's not just bands and singers that are coming through, but a lot of young producers as well.
Text Milly McMahon