Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs sometimes referred to as TEED is really the moniker for Orlando Higginbottom who is a DJ, singer, and producer of beautiful music.He has a summer release called Trouble on the way in June where past singles will be included. Hailing from Oxford, this Dinosaur plans on taking over the world!
Jerry Nunn: Hi, Orlando. You are coming back to Chicago.
Orlando Higginbottom: Yes, that’s right.
JN: You have been here before, correct?
OH: Once to a place called Beauty Bar.
JN: It will be great to see you perform at Berlin Nightclub. Where did the name Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs come from in the first place?
OH: It came from a friend when we were pissing around and being frustrated with cool shit. I wanted to do something ridiculous.
JN: Did you think about going by the name Orlando?
OH: No I never thought about doing that.
JN: Some people shorten it to TEED.
OH: Yes, they do sometimes if they want to that is fine.
JN: You are originally from Oxford. Do you live in the States now or are you still in England?
OH: I still live in Oxford and I am on tour in the United States at the moment.
JN: You have a new album coming out this June with past singles and new tracks right?
OH: Yes, I think there are four or five past singles with lots of new bits so a good mix.
JN: Are there different singers on the album?
OH: Just me and Louisa who sings on “Garden.” There is also a girl named Yolanda Be Cool that sings on a track.
JN: “Garden” is my favorite.
OH: Thank you.
JN: Is the album going to be in an ambient style?
OH: It has moments like that. I would say it is basically a dance album. It has a lot of vocals in it so most of the tracks. I would say it is upbeat electronic music.
JN: I know you did some remixes for Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Have you heard their reactions to the remixes?
OH: No, I haven’t and wasn’t expecting to either.
JN: Are you a fan of theirs?
OH: I thought Gaga’s first album was pretty good but the second one wasn’t so inspired. I am not really a fan of Katy Perry at all.
JN: How did you wind up doing the remixes?
OH: I just got asked. I thought I might as well give it a shot.
JN: Is there someone that you would love to remix?
OH: No, I never really like a complete artist but there are tracks I like. The better the tracks the harder it is to remix. I have been offered to remix a song before but I had to turn it down because the tune is so complete and good that there is no point to really doing a remix. It just doesn’t make any sense.
JN: Is there a DJ that you particularly like?
OH: Sure, hundreds of people. I don’t know what to say really.
JN: Who is in your iPod right now?
OH: I don’t have an iPod (laughs)! I am on my laptop. I will see what the last album I bought was. I bought the new Actress album. I really like him. Do you know Actress?
JN: No, I will have to look him up.
OH: He is a London musician and producer. I also listen to a lot of ‘80s.
JN: Have you listened to Tanlines yet? They sound very ‘80s.
OH: Yes, of course.
JN: Are you ready for a long night at Berlin?
OH: Is it going to be? I am playing Austin tonight so we will see how that goes. I am really excited about coming to Chicago. Last time I came I had an operation on my neck about two hours before I went onstage. I was pretty out of it so this time I need to make the most of it. I hope I have to go to Gramaphone Records again. That was cool.
JN: Chicago has a really great music scene so we like having artists like yourself come visit us.
OH: Cool, man.
If you missed TEED at Berlin Nightclub then you have second chance at Lollapalooza on August 3 with more information at www.lollapalooza.com. For more Dinosaurs visit totallyenormousextinctdinosaurs.tumblr.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter!