Teebs. Born in New York to Malawi and Barbados origins, Mtendere (pronounced "ten-de-ra") (Chichewa for "Peace") Mandowa, is a producer and painter who bounced around the East Coast before finally planting his feet in the Southern California suburb of Chino Hills.
Early in his musical pursuits, Teebs joined a group of like-minded friends and producers who went by the name 'My Hollow Drum'. Within this crew, he was able to build new ideas, share works and perfect his production craft. Intrigued with what was going on in Los Angeles' evolving electronic scene, he never expected to fall directly into it.
He began interning for the acclaimed online radio stream, Dublab. This sparked his self-expression, spirit and growth as an artist. Being around music, art and a creative atmosphere while brushing shoulders with the artists he admired from the area.
Teebs was accepted into the Red Bull Music Academy for their 2008 edition in Barcelona, Spain. Upon arrival back home, Teebs became even more focused on his music and art. A chance meeting with Flying Lotus led to his involvement and joining of the newly founded Brainfeeder collective. Having previously heard from local producers and DJs about this new up and comer, Lotus didn't hesitate to take Teebs into his circle after hearing some of his earliest beats.
"Teebs has such a unique and tender magic, as an artist, as a producer and as a human being... He's a gifted and rare kind..."
- Mary Anne Hobbs
"Everything he does is gold, he does HIS thing, always has and I suspect, always will."
"Teebs' music sounds like an island vacation...The way Avatar looks."
- Flying Lotus
(photo: Brent Waterworth)