The Ting Tings

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The Ting Tings
Ting Tings Toronto.jpg
The Ting Tings performing at the Mod Club Theatre in Toronto, 14 March 2009
Background information
OriginSalford, Greater Manchester, England
GenresIndie rock, indie pop, dance-punk, synthpop, indietronica, alternative dance, new wave, post-punk revival[1]
Years active2007–present
LabelsColumbia, Roc Nation, Finca Records
Associated actsTKO, Mojo Pin, Dear Eskiimo
MembersKatie White
Jules De Martino
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The Ting Tings
Ting Tings Toronto.jpg
The Ting Tings performing at the Mod Club Theatre in Toronto, 14 March 2009
Background information
OriginSalford, Greater Manchester, England
GenresIndie rock, indie pop, dance-punk, synthpop, indietronica, alternative dance, new wave, post-punk revival[1]
Years active2007–present
LabelsColumbia, Roc Nation, Finca Records
Associated actsTKO, Mojo Pin, Dear Eskiimo
MembersKatie White
Jules De Martino

The Ting Tings are a British[2] musical duo, consisting of Katie White (vocals, guitar, bass drums, bass guitar, cowbells) and Jules De Martino (drums, lead guitar, bass guitar, vocals, piano). They formed in December 2007 while based at Islington Mill Studios in Salford, Greater Manchester.

White and De Martino have released four singles on their current label, Columbia Records UK, including the single "That's Not My Name", which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in May 2008.[3] The album We Started Nothing was released on 19 May, 2008 and hit number one on the UK Albums Chart.[4] A single, "Hands", was released on 11 October, 2010 and was also featured in the video game FIFA 12.[5] Their second studio album, Sounds from Nowheresville, was released in February 2012,[6] with the lead single "Hang It Up" released on 16 January, 2012. Their third studio album, Super Critical, is scheduled to be released in October 2014.[7]


Background and formation[edit]

Katie White started her music career as a school-time hobby in a girl group punk trio TKO – short for Technical Knock Out – with two friends from Lowton School, Marion Grethe Seaman and Emma Lally. The band had minimal success, once sharing the same stage as the bands Steps and Atomic Kitten.[8] While De Martino was in Manchester, the pair bumped into each other and discovered they had a mutual love of Portishead. De Martino relocated to Islington Mill Studios (the Mill) in the Salford, Greater Manchester area.[9] The pair, along with friend Simon Templeman, went on to form the Portishead-influenced trio Dear Eskiimo, who signed to Mercury Records. However, due to a change of directors and managers, the management style of the record label caused them to split.[10][11] The experience left White and De Martino with a distrust of the music industry.

White was a bartender at the Mill while De Martino produced tracks for various artists therein. The pair developed their sound from influences of performers at the Mill, and were inspired to form their own group, "The Ting Tings". "Ting Ting" was the name of a Chinese colleague of White at a shop, who told her that it sounded like the pronunciation of "bandstand" in Mandarin ().[10] The band researched the name and found it to also mean the "sound of innovation on an open mind"

Having created three songs, the band's first gig was a free-beer invite all at the Mill in their rented dwelling called "the Engine House". Subsequent gigs were funded on donations, and after their third gig they were name-checked on XFM.[9] The Islington Mill gigs ended up as some of the most sought-after tickets on the Manchester party scene with various A&R reps and record producers, such as Rick Rubin, asking for tickets.[11]


Performing at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia on 23 October 2008

Their first double-A single "That's Not My Name/Great DJ" was jointly released by the band and local label, Switchflicker Records. With their second single "Fruit Machine", they were on heavy rotation on British radio, including BBC 6 Music and others.DJ Marc Riley was the first to have them in session on 6 Music and the first to play their record on the station. "Fruit Machine" was a released as limited-edition, 500-only, seven-inch single on Legendre Starkie Records (the band's own label), which was only available at the group's gigs at Islington Mill in Salford, Electrowerkz in Islington, Berlin, Germany and at Glasslands in Brooklyn, New York City.[12] They had a notable performance at the Glastonbury Festival in 2007, and after an October 2007 tour of universities in the UK with Reverend and the Makers, they signed to Columbia Records.[13] On 14 December, 2007, they appeared on Later with Jools Holland. In May 2008, the band credited BBC Introducing for giving them their 'life changing' break after the show spotted the band and put them forward for inclusion in the Glastonbury running order.

In January 2008, they were voted third in the annual BBC 6 Music poll of industry experts Sound of 2008, for acts to emerge in the coming year.[14] In February 2008. they were the opening slot act on the 2008 Shockwaves NME Awards Tour, performing with The Cribs, Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong, and Does It Offend You, Yeah?.[15] In conjunction with NME and HMV, the band contributed a demo version of "Great DJ" to a limited-audience, 5,000-copies-only, 10" vinyl release of all the artists on the NME Awards Tour. In late March 2008, The Ting Tings joined with Alphabeat and The Fratellis to play as part of the MTV Spanking New Music Tour, at a gig held at the Islington Academy in London.

2008–2009: We Started Nothing[edit]

Performing at South by Southwest in 2008

The first single released on Columbia was "Great DJ", which received considerable airplay on BBC Radio 1 and XFM in the UK and praise from magazines such as NME. "Great DJ" reached top 40 on the UK Singles Chart. The band's debut album, We Started Nothing, was released in May 2008 and entered the UK Albums Chart at number one, following the single "That's Not My Name", which topped the singles chart. Subsequent singles were "Shut Up and Let Me Go", which peaked at number six, "Be the One" (number 28) and "We Walk" (number 58). We Started Nothing won an Ivor Novello Award for best album in May 2009. The Ting Tings recorded a cover version of Altered Images' "Happy Birthday" for the children's show Yo Gabba Gabba.

In May 2008, the band performed a live set on the In New Music We Trust stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Maidstone, Kent, which was made available by the BBC's online video player application iPlayer. The Ting Tings performed at the iTunes Live London Festival in the KOKO nightclub in July 2008; the performance was released as a downloadable EP in the iTunes Store under the title iTunes Live: London Festival ‘08. In December 2008, they (along with numerous other singers and bands) performed on Jools Holland's Hootenanny show on BBC2. The band toured Australia and New Zealand in early 2009 as part of the Big Day Out Festival. They also toured in Singapore as part of that festival's night counterpart, Big Night Out.[16] In June 2009, they returned to the Glastonbury Festival, playing the Other stage on Friday night, and appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival.[17]

In the United States, the single "Shut Up and Let Me Go" appeared in an Apple iPod commercial in late April 2008, helping the song peak at number 55 on the Billboard Hot 100.[12] Tracks from the album were featured in various television shows, films and advertisements. The Ting Tings were one of four performers who played small interludes consisting of remixes of past hits throughout the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, including a section from "Shut Up and Let Me Go" with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM. They also won the award for Best UK Video for their single "Shut Up and Let Me Go". Columbia Records announced the U.S. release of the single "That's Not My Name" for January 2009, followed by a March/April U.S. concert tour. The duo also toured the country as a support act for Pink on her Funhouse Tour. In December 2009, the duo was nominated for Best New Artist at the 52nd Grammy Awards. The Ting Tings appeared as the musical guests on Saturday Night Live on the 16 January 2010 episode, hosted by Sigourney Weaver.

2010–2012: Sounds from Nowheresville[edit]

The duo began writing their second album in Paris, France.[18] The album was recorded over a period of eight months in the basement of a former jazz club in the Friedrichshain area of Berlin, Germany.[19][20][21] Jules De Martino stated that they chose Berlin "to have complete, crazy freedom",[22] while Katie White also said that they wanted to "isolate themselves".[23] According to De Martino: "We had to find a new challenge and going to hide away in Berlin was the perfect place because our friends aren't there, our families aren't there and our record company isn't there, so no one really bothered us. I think that if we'd have gone back to Manchester we'd have been a mess."[21] It was reported that the band would collaborate with rapper Jay-Z on the new album.[24] The duo were reportedly assisted by labelmate and Barbadian-R&B star Rihanna, who contributed vocals to a track.[25] The album featured a mix of styles, with the band aiming for a 'playlist' feel. De Martino explained: "We wanted to make a record that had that much variety that if you played it you could almost shut your eyes and think: 'Is this the same band on each song?' We just had no fear and wanted to make a record that was like an MP3 compilation."[21][22][23][26] De Martino stated that influences on the album included Fleetwood Mac, the Pet Shop Boys, and TLC.[27] It was described by Clash writer April Welsh as "an album glistening with polished pop perfection. Ranging from acoustic folk to bangin’ electro, R‘n’B and, of course, rock and roll."[28] The album was self-produced, with White explaining "We're complete control freaks – I don't think we could work with anyone else. We'd have a heart attack if they changed one little beat."[29]

Early in 2010, it was reported that the album would be called Kunst.[30][31] De Martino explained that the name was taken from a massage parlour near their studio called Massage Kunst: "We took a picture of us standing outside it with Katie's arm up over the S and sent it to the label saying: 'Here's the front sleeve.' It didn't go down too well." The band later announced that Kunst had just been a working title and that the final name was yet to be decided.[22][23][28][32] They later joked that instead it would be called Cocks.[22]

The lead single, "Hands" (the first track they wrote for the album), was released in October 2010.[23] It was mixed by Calvin Harris and written by the duo themselves.[33] The single debuted at number 29 on the UK Singles Chart, marking the duo's fifth top 40 single; it also topped the Billboard dance chart in America.[34] It was revealed in January 2011 that although ten tracks were to be on the album, since their return to the UK they had recorded further tracks, which they wanted to be included on the album as well.[35] They performed new material from the album in July 2011 at DCode Festival in Madrid.[36]

The video for the single "Hang It Up" premiered on YouTube in October 2011, followed by a video for the song "Silence" (remixed by Australian electro-house duo Bag Raiders) in November 2011. The album's third single, "Soul Killing", premiered on the internet in early February 2012;[37] a video was filmed[38] but never released. The album, Sounds from Nowheresville, was released in the same month[39] and reached number 24 on the UK Albums Chart.

2012–present: Super Critical[edit]

The band went to Ibiza in September 2012 to begin writing and recording material for their third studio album, which they worked on through in April 2013.[40] They travelled to New York City to mix and master the album in September 2013. In October 2013 the band stated they had nearly finished mixing their third album and are planning to record numerous music videos.[41] They released a club remix of the first single, "Wrong Club" through SoundCloud in April 2014;[42] the single will be released to download from iTunes on 28 July 2014. The album, titled Super Critical, is scheduled to be released on 20 October 2014.[43]


Katie White[edit]

Main article: Katie White

Katherine "Katie" Rebecca White (born in 1983[44] in Lowton, England) was raised on a farm in Lowton,[45] and attended Lowton High School, which has a large performing arts department.[46] In 1995, White's grandfather Ken (who Katie saw little of) won £6.6 million from the then-newly established National Lottery and gave each of his three sons £1 million.[47] Katie's father David used his share of the money to purchase a haulage company, and as a father helped Katie during her school years as a prospective musician.[48]

Jules De Martino[edit]

Main article: Jules De Martino

Julian "Jules" De Martino (born in 1969 in London[49]) began playing drums at age 13.[50] He studied fine art at East London's Loughton College and signed a minor publishing deal with Morrison Leahy Music (who also publish George Michael). He formed a band, Mojo Pin, which was influenced by artist Jeff Buckley. The band released two indie singles: "You" and "My Imagination", with Lowlife Records and toured with Irish band the Big Geraniums in 1997.


Awards and nominations[edit]

MTV Awards[edit]

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

YearNominated WorkAwardResult
2008"Shut Up and Let Me Go"Video of the YearNominated
Best UK VideoWon

MTV Europe Music Awards[edit]

YearNominated WorkAwardResult
2008"The Ting Tings"Best UK ActWon

mtvU Woodie Awards[edit]

YearNominated WorkAwardResult
2008"The Ting Tings"Best Performing WoodieNominated

MTV Australia Awards[edit]

YearNominated WorkAwardResult
2009"The Ting Tings"Breakthrough ActNominated

Major Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

YearNominated WorkAwardResult
2010"The Ting Tings"Best New ArtistNominated

BRIT Awards[edit]

YearNominated WorkAwardResult
2009"The Ting Tings"British BreakthroughNominated
"We Started Nothing"MasterCard British AlbumNominated


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