Teed (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs) is the alias of UK producer Orlando Higginbottom. Trained as a classical musician, he attended the Junior Royal Academy of Music in London before zeroing in on a production style combining elements of house, techno, jungle and indie pop-inclined songwriting.
Orlando’s Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs project surfaced in 2009, following years of at-home experimentation with electronic music production. The name was intended to inject some humor into a scene sometimes prone to taking itself too seriously, and gave rise to a dramatic element during his live shows, at which he occasionally appears onstage dressed up as a dinosaur backed by a troupe of costumed dancers. His debut EP, All in Two Sixty Dancehalls, arrived that same year on Joe Goddard‘s (of Hot Chip fame) Greco-Roman label.
In 2011, he partnered with Blur frontman Damon Albarn to record Kinshasa One Two in the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of the Oxfam music series; the record was released on vaunted UK label Warp later that year. A subsequent full-length, Trouble, released in 2012 on Polydor Records picked up praise from major electronic music outlets, including a “Best Album” nomination by DJ Mag. In that same year, he also helmed an Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1, and put his curatorial skills to the test again in 2013, with a mix CD for deep house label Crosstown Rebels.
Orlando’s other ventures include the launch of his own publishing outlet, Nice Age, in 2014. He has remixed the likes of pop-house wunderkinds Disclosure, Foals and Little Dragon, and collaborated with Dillion Francis and Banks.