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Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs interview
By Will Gilgrass
BBC Oxford contributor

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

On a chilly Cowley Road evening, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs walked into The Corridor.

He ordered a bottle of ale before reeling off a fact about his selected beverage.

He has certainly grown up around the timber-framed pubs of Oxford.

We step outside where he asks for a light and drags on a cigarette with an air of confidence and self-assurance which he carries with him later that night on stage.

The dance musician, whose real name is Orlando, is already beginning to cause quite a stir in dance music.

With just his third EP, Household Goods, coming out on 8 November on Joe Goddard from Hot Chip's Greco-Roman label, he has already racked up a pack of fans including Annie Mac.

Boundless energy

"Having your music played on Radio 1 is a buzz, there is no doubt about it," he says, his eyes lit up and a smile stretched across his face.

"I still get a little bit nervous when I know my music is going to get played, in case I mess up. I just have to remind myself that it is done and finished and I'm not actually performing it."

Despite Oxford being better known for producing guitar twanging indie bands rather than bass pumping dance music producers, there is no doubt in Orlando's mind it is the best grazing area for Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs: "I have lived in other cities - I lived in Bristol for a while, I lived in Leeds for a while, but Oxford is where I want to be.

"It is close to London, but not London. I'm not really a big fan of London. There is a really nice music scene here in Oxford and it's a nice small community, but there is a diversity which means you don't bump into the same people every day.

"This is the place for me."

He was clearly brimming with excitement about playing in front of a home crowd for Fuse at the 02 Academy, and this translated into boundless energy on stage.

Unlike an 'ordinary' DJ set, he bounced relentlessly between laptop, keyboards, a drum machine and a sampler while providing live vocals - like an electronic-music-one-man-band - as the scales on his shimmering dinosaur head-dress rose and fell with the beat.

Playing all his own music, he broke boundaries between musical genres and had the thousand plus crowd eating out of his hands, sparking the chain of events which led to the speakers overheating and catching fire during Jack Beats' closing set, which prematurely extinguished the night.

As the son of an Oxford University music professor, Orlando is unsurprisingly very thoughtful about his work, with a range of musical loves stretching from Nina Simone to Stevie Wonder as well as Fabio and Grooverider.

Currently three weeks into writing his debut album, he is also working on a potentially electric partnership with Riton. But what is beyond doubt is that there is a very special talent in this far from extinct animal.




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