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I was already well aware of the talent possessed by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (T.E.E.D or Teed for short or Orlando Higginbottom for real name purposes) from seeing his live set. Indisputably, he knows how to put on an amazing show, but not until last Friday did I realize he can make one hell of a party with more than just his own songs. Now with his DJ set, he revealed to me the depth of his musical knowledge is simply astonishing.
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I walked into the Mezzanine in San Francisco and instantly felt the relaxed excitement of the crowd, we were all very ready to mix it up. The place was full of smoke and ultraviolet lights. It was dark, and people got wild early. The venue was full of a diverse crowd consisting of hipsters, clubbers, ravers, and a few faux-hawks that moved through the crowd like shark fins. MPHD, a local San Franciscan DJ, was an aggressive opener for the relaxed crowd. Granted he got my attention and got me to go buckwild on the dance floor when he dropped a personal favorite, “Bear Hug” by The 2 Bears. MPHD had a ton of energy and kept his set diverse. He went deep, he exploded, and most of all he got everyone ready for the main event.
When TEED took the decks, he did it in a ghostly manner. He appeared like a vapor, and I wasn’t quite certain the DJ’s had transitioned. But, the energy of the room lit up, and I knew my man Orlando had arrived. Once into a rhythm, his selections portray an artist with an old soul, wise beyond his years. He had some amazing 80’s throwback selections that the crowd couldn’t resist grooving to.
Through a flawless transition, he surprised me when I hear the familiar upbeat jam of Phil Collin’s “Sussudio”, it was genius! Definitely the right song at the right time. Throughout the entirety of the set, TEED kept it electic, but very focused on danceable music. His strongest choices had a certain disco-funkiness that was excellent.
TEED knows how to work a crowd, and more importantly, he knows how to sustain it. The house was jampacked and thriving the entire night, even well after last call. At the end of the set Orlando invited the crowd onto the stage, it seemed like a gesture to make amends after a few rambunctious females jumped onto the stage earlier in the evening, and were promptly ejected by security. Apparently, according to TEED’s twitter, one fan early in the night leapt on stage and handed him a note that was written to TEED from himself, in the future… I’d chalk that up to San Francisco’s unique flavor of freaky fun.
Although I was a little sad he did not sing and that he did not play any of his own tunes, I respect the man deeply for his diverse song selections and his amazing flow between them. Clearly, he’s more interested in getting a party going and putting on the right show than he is about self promotion. He played the right stuff on the right night, and I have to say, it was one of the best DJ sets I have experienced. You’d be wise to see this guy any chance you get. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is doing something different, something necessary for the greater cultural good. And to sum it all up, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is not just good, he’s simply great.