Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Interview + Giveaway (by Pirate Stereo)

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is Orlando Higginbottom from Oxford UK.  In 2008 he put out a number of excellent singles and EP’s on Joe Goddard label Greco Roman, quickly carving himself an unique place in 21st century dance music. He’s since become an international star, garnering support from the likes of Annie Mac and drawing in crowds with his  intricate harmonies and uplifting beats. He’s most recently signed to Polydor, which will put out his full length LP in 2012.

To promote his tour and upcoming album, Polydor have re-released the single ‘Garden’ backed by stellar remixes from Joe Goddard, Soul Clap, Calibre, and Hackman. This Thursday Nov 3, TEED will put his  touch on magic city with an intimate show at Bardot alongside The Magician with DJ Sets by Pirate Stereo and Laura (of Miami). Pirate Stereo got a chance to catch up with Orlando and pick his brain on all things TEED before his set this thursday in this exclusive interview:

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Please give the people of Miami an overview of how the name TEED came to be
- Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs you mean…

What was your first impulse to become a songwriter/ producer?
- I wanted to be a composer when I was very young, then I got really into drum edits when I was about 8.

What effect did your father teaching music have on you as an artist?
- I tried to make it better

Was there something beside music that really interested you in other words what would’ve been your ‘day job’?
- Gardening

Did you know music and music theory growing up or was it something you became interested in later on?
- I was taught piano, theory and composition as a kid.

A lot of dance music today is just compression over compression, kind of like: “as long as the subs rattle, we don’t care about harmony and melody” your music, has some amazing harmony and melody AND the subs rattle..what would you say weighs more in your prodcution, musicality or sound design? How do you find the balance?
- Those three elements overlap constantly, but I would say that the most important one to me is musicality. I completely agree with what you are saying by the way.

I read that you approach the entire range of your music from 100-140bmp as simply ‘Dance’ do you think sub-genres and always trying to ‘label’ a sound within a sound creates a bigger market for ‘Dance’ or does it hinder the entire genre?
- What is more important, the size of the market or the music ? I think people have to feel free to go where they want to go with their sound, and not conform to rules that originated in record shops.

Your sound is very unique. Did you go through many artistic transformations before arriving at it or did it just reveal itself to you?
- I guess its a constantly changing thing. To my ears I don’t have “a sound”.

Explain the headdress’  what do you get from them as an artist?
- Its fun to dress up.

What was the music scene like growing up in Oxford?
- It was amazing. Good record shops, venues with real character, and a lot of parties. Not to mention some of the worlds best classical musicians performing frequently.

What was the band (s) that you couldn’t wait to check out as a teen?? Did Oxford have a cool music ‘scene’ ? and do you feel like you’ve affected it somehow with TEED?
- I saw Radiohead play a home-coming show in a park near my house when i was 16. That definitely inspired me. I love the music in Oxford, its the right size so that you know most of the people involved but its not stuffy.

What was the biggest challenge you faced in trying to get your records played early on as TEED?
- I never thought the records were going to be played in the first place, so it was always a pleasant surprise.

What is the biggest challenge you face today as TEED?
- Sleeping enough.

What has been your favorite city to perform in / best experience?
- So many favourites I’d be lying if I picked one. In North America I’d go for San Francisco though..

What has been your most embarrasing moment as an artist?
- I had some painful shows early on… but it was never that bad.

What is your studio set up like?
- Getting bigger

What is your live set-up like?
- Also getting bigger

What piece of gear would you say is ‘essential’ for up and coming producers and dance enthusiasts?
- Spend money on your speakers (and amp if you need one).

Is there anything in particular you’re hoping to do during your time in MIami?
- See a dolphin ?

Even with all of your success there still must be some things on the ‘to-do’ list, what’s your dream now?
- Create a bigger and better live show

You’ve managed to craft a very special place for yourself in 21st century music, name a few do’s and don’ts in the music biz for aspiring DJ’s / Producers
- Do push yourself to the edge of your comfort zone. Don’t try and be current.

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DON’T MISS THE SHOW THIS THURSDAY!! MORE INFO HERE

TICKET GIVEAWAY:

1. Like our Nightdrive Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/NightdriveMiami or follow us on Twitter @nightdrivemiami

2. Re-post this on your FB page or Twitter:

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs + The Magician  this Thurs at Bardot. Win tix here: http://bit.ly/sewIwF @nightdrivemiami #miami

(If you post it on Facebook please tag NIGHTDRIVE so we know you re-posted)

3. Winner will be chosen at random and will get a + 1 on the guest list.

4. We’ll announce the winner on Thursday

 

TRACKS:

TEED – Garden (Soul Clap Remix)

TEED – Household Goods

CHECK OUT OUR PREVIOUS POST ON TEED + THE MAGICIAN FOR FREE TRACKS

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Kid Who?

Kid Who going deep with his new EP off Pizzico Records.  The London-based DJ and producer is known for his Italo and funk inspired edits and remixes of artists such as Miguel Migs, Crystal Fighters, Jupiter and Patrick Cowley, but his Ursa Major/Ursa Minor EP has a harder house edge that I’m digging.  The Ursa Minor cut is my favorite offering a deep (almost evil) vibe and a killer clap reminiscent or Permanent Vacation’s remix of Woolfy vs. Projections’ Neeve or Mungolian Jetset’s It Ain’t Necessarily Evil.  

Buy the Ursa Major/Ursa Minor EP from Juno

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Lo-Fi-Fnk

Some people call these guys Lo Fi Fink and others say Lo Fi Funk, I’m pretty sure “Lo-Fi-FUNK” is correct but either way their music is always fun, catchy, and pretty light-hearted. I remember dancing my ass off  at their last Miami show (at Poplife’s Post venue) a few years ago and I’m psyched they’ll be back in town for round two on NOVEMBER 11th at Grand Central. They’ll be opening for Architecture in Helsinki along with DOM for one of our next Nightdrive events!

“Lo-Fi-Fnk are from Stockholm, Sweden. The band consists of Leo Drougge and August Hellsing. Leo and August write, produce and perform all Lo-Fi-Fnk songs. When performing live Link Drougge, Maja Gödicke and on previous tours Nottee has also joined the band.” Check out some of their tracks below and DON’T MISS THEIR SHOW!!!

Purchase $10 advance tix here: http://bit.ly/qMaQtS      |      Click here for show info

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Battles Interview + Ticket Give-Away

For me, Battles was one of those hipster oddities back in 2007 when Mirrored was released.  It was without doubt in the experimental math rock genre and not exactly the kind of music you can sing along to (though I’d like to see someone try).  But I distinctly remember parking my car outside the White Room (which at the time hosted Poplife) and hearing Atlas reverberating between the city walls.  Strangely it assured me that there was a raging party inside.

Currently on their Spring tour in support of their second release Gloss Drop, Battles will be destroying Grand Central this Thursday.  We have for you a rather pithy interview with drummer John Stanier, a ticket give-away for Thursday’s show and a couple download goodies.  Enjoy.

NIGHTDRIVE: As a band, what do you consider your single greatest accomplishment?

JOHN STANIER: I would have to say our greatest accomplishment would be
the writing and recording of our newest record Gloss Drop.

ND: Out of your catalog, is there one song that holds more personal meaning and
sentiment than the others? Why?

JS: No not really……that would be like giving birth to 23 children
and then years later picking your favorite one.

ND: Back in June of 2007 you were hosted by the now defunct Studio A.  Any stand
out memories from that show?

JS: The manager from Studio A is an old friend of mine from a lounge
that I used to DJ at in New York……he does the SICKEST “Tom Cruise
Cocktail moves” I have ever seen.  We kept ordering martinis just to
see him demonstrate his style.

ND: A lot has changed in the music industry since 2007.  With the recent release
of Gloss Drop, what was different this time around? What will always be the
same?

JS:  I think the difference this time around is that we are now a
three piece, but our desire to make music together will always remain
the same.

ND: You’re based out of New York which continues to pump out some of the best
contemporary music.  What has the New York experience meant to you?  Do you
find it as profound as many people do?

JS:  I think Battles would not sound the same if we started in any
other city.  To me the roots and philosophy of our music is strongly
based from our beginnings in Brooklyn.  That being said we are much
older now, we constantly tour, and I also live in Berlin so I’m not
sure New York has much relevance to us right now.  But again the
spirit of NYC is still in us and in our music.

…and now for your chance to win those tickets.  Send the answer to the following question to info@nightdrivemiami.com.  The 20th correctly answer wins! (One entry per person)

Name TWO bands that formerly included members of Battles.

Tracks:

Battles-Tonto

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Flipset Fred: The People’s Champ

Flipset Fred is a DJ/Producer/MC from New Orleans and I remember learning about him from the students I used to teach in the Hollygrove 15th Ward area in New Orleans.  This real cool kid in my class named Darius explained seeing Fred at the Airline Skating Rink, said that just the way he carried himself while performing for the crowd of mostly 13-18 year olds made him a fan.  This totally made sense to me and reminded me how I viewed musicians who were right there in the crowd, performing without a stage and the amount of respect you felt for someone who was your age but commanded a higher presence.

“Big Spender” featuring Magnolia Rhome is a crossover jam for several reasons. Rhome gets work from weekend DJs (block parties) to parties at the Saint, an awesome metal bar that used to be owned by Sean Yeusult from White Zombie.  The scene in New Orleans has always been “too many MCs, not enough mics,” but Magnolia Rhome has been the one recently granted access where it’s mostly closed to all others.

This beat to a discerning listener is dope because it’s from the Sissy Nobby track “Lay it Down,” which was pressed by Diplo’s Mad Decent label and shopped around to be remixed— and outside of the bounce world, has been more remixed than any other Nobby song.  Those versions were totally abstracted and mostly failures (aside from L-Vis 1990’s total new age adaptation rework in my opinion). No offense, DJ Sega, but I say the others were failures because the remixers weren’t really familiar with dat beat or bounce production style. But Fred’s production makes it an official bounce jam and reclaims it for New Orleans after other ignorant DJs got their hands on it and tried to do something, anything with it.

Like other bounce producers, Fred takes from popular R&B jams in the composition process, taking the optimistic and empowering piano melody of Nicki Minaj and Drake’s “Moment 4 Life” and throws the Brown Beat over it to create a track submitted to me as MASTER VERSION BABY ERINN. (I always appreciate stuff like “MASTER VERSION” or “FINAL” cos it’s straight out da box, not watered down by A&R type of shit). The toddler MC Baby Erinn invokes the relatively common “Bounce your booty like a basketball / if you don’t go no booty, don’t shake at all” that I know from Monsta Wit Da Fade among some others.

This song just makes so much sense for New Orleans youth energy, reflected in the “Moment 4 Life” sample and Baby Erinn’s verse. Yes, a lil baby’s verse makes sense in the larger context cos’ young kids in New Orleans feel dat beat just like anyone else. This might be the youngest MC on a bounce song, though I’m too ignorant to say that for sure and haters can hit me up at pd@wvum.org if they got something to say.

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Drop Out Orchestra

There’s been some good disco coming out of Northern Europe for the past few years, Kool DJ Dust, Diskjokke, and now Drop Out Orchestra. D.O.O. is two dudes from Skane (Sweden) making all sorts of disco and getting remixed by the likes of Blackstrobe, Lou Teti, and Tronik Youth while remixing acts like Flight Facilities, Sex Pistols, and Newcleus. Their tour schedule covers a big portion of Europe although I don’t see them coming to the US anytime soon. They seem to be releasing stuff under their own label Drop Out Records and Tapes… not to be confused with the hardcore label Dropout Records.

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Bonus: (Sex Pistols Re-Edit)

Sister Mantos

Sister Mantos has been described as lo-fi “erratically tempo-ed” disco pop. The shows are supposed to be episodes of energy-filled punk-tinged mayhem, something like Finesse and Runway circa 2004 Miami meets Aerea Negrot. Gathering biographical info has been a bit of a challenge but I did find this: “Born in El Salvador, Lives in Los Angeles, Noises in the Ether” (which says plenty). I’ve heard accounts of Sister Mantos playing in Europe so she/he/they  must be getting around.

Sister Mantos – Like I Want 2

Sister Mantos – Ladyboy (Dillian Remix)

TEETH- See Spaces (Sister Mantos Remix)

Grab a bunch of free tracks here

Cosmic Kids

Cosmic Kids Ron Poznansky and Dan Terndrup didn’t meet in outer space as their DJ moniker may indicate, but the story is still equally as good. The two met in a high school classroom meant for kids who had trouble paying attention. They bonded over their love of classic rock. Right out of high school they both volunteered to work at the Los Angeles radio station KCRW. Known for its eclectic programming, the friends were exposed to all different kinds of music, and began collecting and consuming records, feeding their ever-expanding appetite for music.

Frequenting warehouse after parties where band members would DJ, they were inspired by the idea of sharing good music and seeing people really responding to a certain song or beat. As they grew their record collection, Poznansky and Terndrup felt they had something to contribute, and DJ’d their first party in 2006 with Rapture and DJ AM. Since that inaugural gig, they’ve DJ’d alongside LCD Soundsystem, Holy Ghost!, Juan Maclean, Dâm Funk, Crystal Castles, Digitalism, The Rapture, Harvey, Little Boots, Classixx, and Steve Aoki.”

I haven’t heard much from these guys besides a few remixes and their Reginald’s Groove EP, but I interviewed Poolside on WVUM a few days ago and Jeff mentioned they’re movin’ and shakin’ out in LA. Hopefully they’ll come out with something new soon before the Nu Disco trend blows over.

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Mano Le Tough

According to his bio, Mano Le Tough focuses on melody and emotion when sculpting his sound.  That can be tough when you’re producing contemporary disco/house tracks.  I feel that with so much focus on creating catchy beats, many artists fail to connect on that higher emotional level and are satisfied in simply being “soulful.”  When I listen to Mano Le Tough’s newest track, In My Arms, the first thing I notice is influence from Sigur Ros and Arthur Russel (I’m not the only one according to his Soundcloud comments), but that completely makes sense.  His classically trained piano skills make an appearance in many of his tracks which seems to give the song a more personal and intimate relationship with it’s creator.

His In My Arms EP has just been released on Internasjonal Norway and you can purchase it HERE

 

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Laing

I have no idea what these women are singing about but I like the beats and more so I like the people remixing their tracks (Jan Driver & Siriusmo). Sometimes my Anglo friends play songs in Spanish for me thinking it’s the new hot shit, but when I tell them what the lyrics say they realize only half of the song’s elements are good. Not sure if that’s the case with Laing.

Either way I felt we needed some signs of estrogen on this blog and Laing fits the bill. They kind of remind me of a German Yelle but less energetic, they also might be the new Spice Girls for all I know. If so, I love the Spice Girls – ain’t nothin’ wrong wit that. lol.

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