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
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
Associated actsTKO, Mojo Pin, Dear Eskiimo
MembersKatie White
Jules de Martino

The Ting Tings are an English 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.

White and De Martino have released four singles on their current label, Columbia Records UK, including the single "That's Not My Name", which charted straight at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 18 May 2008.[2] The album We Started Nothing was released on 19 May 2008 and charted at number one in the United Kingdom.[3] The album has now sold over three million copies, with five million singles sold worldwide. A single from their second album (Sounds From Nowheresville) "Hands" was released on 11 October 2010 and was also featured in the video game FIFA 12.[4] Their second studio album, Sounds from Nowheresville, was released in February 2012,[5] with the lead single "Hang It Up" being released on 16 January 2012.




Katie White started her music affair 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 playing once the same stage as the bands Steps and Atomic Kitten.[6] 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 Mills) in Salford the Greater Manchester area.[7] The pair along with friend Simon Templeman went on to form the Portishead-influenced trio Dear Eskiimo who were signed to Mercury Records. However, due to a change of directors and managers, the management style of the record label caused them to split.[8][9] The experience left White and De Martino with a distrust of the music industry.


Retreating to The Mill, White served behind the bar while De Martino produced tracks for various artists located at The Mill. The pair developed their sound while listening to performances at the mill, they formed 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 ().[8] The band researched the name and found it to also mean "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.[7] 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.[9]


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 joint released by the band and local label, Switchflicker Records. With their second single "Fruit Machine", they were on heavy rotation on British radio, amongst others BBC 6 Music, played regularly by many DJs including a session for Marc Riley who was first to have them in session on 6 Music and first to play their record on the station. "Fruit Machine" was a 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.[10] 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 for Columbia Records.[11] 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.[12] 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?.[13] In conjunction with the NME and HMV the band contributed a demo version of "Great DJ" to a limited, 5,000 copies only 10" vinyl release of all the artists on the NME Awards Tour.

In late March 2008, The Ting Tings joined up with Alphabeat and The Fratellis to play a gig which was part of the 'MTV Spanking New Music Tour'. The gig was held at the Islington Academy in London.

The first single released on Columbia was "Great DJ", which received considerable airplay on BBC Radio 1 and XFM in the UK and enthused by magazines such as the NME. 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 single "Shut Up and Let Me Go" appeared in an Apple iPod commercial in late April 2008, helping the song peak at No. 55 on the Billboard Hot 100.[10]

"Great DJ" was played during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Carling Cup Final.

A cover of Altered Images' "Happy Birthday" appears on the children's show "Yo Gabba Gabba" CD (now discontinued).

"Shut Up and Let Me Go" was played during a party scene in 2008 movie "The House Bunny".

The Ting Tings appeared as the musical guests on Saturday Night Live on the 16 January 2010 episode, hosted by Sigourney Weaver.

An instrumental version of 'Shut Up and Let Me Go' is used in an advertisement for the PBS Kids show Dinosaur Train.

In 2012, "Hit Me Down Sonny" was featured in the television commercial for the 2013 Acura ILX.

2008–09: We Started Nothing

Performing at South by Southwest in 2008

The band's debut album, We Started Nothing, was released on 13 May 2008. It was leaked onto the internet on 19 May 2008. Shortly after the release of the album, the band released a statement on the social network service MySpace which explained to fans that their single "That's Not My Name" had reached number 1 in the UK Singles Charts, the statement went on to encourage fans to purchase legal copies of the single in order to keep it at the top position for the official Sunday Chart release on 18 May. The band went on to secure Number 1 in the UK Singles chart on 18 May.

The Ting Tings performed at the iTunes Live London Festival in the KOKO nightclub on 9 July 2008 the performance was released as a downloadable EP in the iTunes Store under the title iTunes Live: London Festival ‘08. Their singles "Shut Up and Let Me Go" and "We Started Nothing" were featured in the Gossip Girl series, and the song "Be the One" was featured in One Tree Hill. Their single "Great DJ" was featured in the theatrical trailers for the Anna Faris comedy The House Bunny, the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and the Edgar Wright comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. This single is also used in the Japanese drama Sunao ni Narenakute. 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. They played a section from "Shut Up and Let Me Go" with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM. They also won Best UK Video for their single "Shut Up and Let Me Go". On 31 December 2008 they performed on Jools Holland's Hootenanny show, to bring in the new year on BBC2 in the UK along with numerous other singers and bands.

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.[14] Columbia Records announced on 16 January 2009 the US release of the single, "That's Not My Name" for 27 January 2009 and a March/April US concert tour by the group. In May 2009, their album won an Ivor Novello Award for best album. In June 2009 they returned to the Glastonbury Festival playing the Other stage on Friday night; on Saturday, British Hip-Hop artist Dizzee Rascal opened his set on the Pyramid Stage with a cover of "That's Not My Name". The two appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival Friday, 12 June 2009.[15]

The duo toured the US, supporting the artist Pink on her Funhouse Tour.

On 2 December 2009, the duo was nominated for Best New Artist at the 52nd Grammy Awards.

2010–present: Sounds from Nowheresville

The duo began writing their second album in Paris, France.[16] 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.[17][18][19] Jules De Martino stated that they chose Berlin "to have complete, crazy freedom",[20] while Katie White also said that they wanted to "isolate themselves".[21] 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."[19] Since then, it has been reported that the band would collaborate with rapper Jay-Z on the new album.[22] The duo have reportedly been assisted by label-mate and Barbadian-R&B star Rihanna with her vocals contributed on a track on the upcoming album.[23] The album features a mix of styles, with the band aiming for a 'playlist' feel, De Martino explaining: "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."[19][20][21][24] De Martino stated that influences on the album include Fleetwood Mac, Pet Shop Boys, and TLC.[25] 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."[26] 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."[27]

By April 2010, White & De Martino updated their blog to announce there were nine tracks new to the album. The following month in May they sent a message out to say they had nearly finished recording the main vocals on their album. It was revealed in January 2011 that ten tracks were to be on the album, but that since returning to the UK they had recorded further tracks which they wanted to be included on the album.[28]

The lead single "Hands", the first track they wrote for the album, was released on 11 October 2010.[21] It was mixed by Calvin Harris and written by the duo themselves.[29] On 18 August 2010, "Hands" premiered on BBC Radio 1 and was followed the official release of the video on 5 September 2010. The single was released in the UK on 11 October 2010, where it debuted at number 29 on the UK Singles Chart, marking the duo's fifth Top 40 single. It also topped the Billboard Dance Charts.[30] Early in 2010, it was reported that the album would be called Kunst.[31][32] 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 this had just been a working title and that the final name had yet to be decided.[20][21][26][33] They later joked that instead it would be called Cocks.[20]

On 8 July, they stated on their Twitter account and Facebook page that the album was scheduled for release in October 2011.

In July at DCode Festival in Madrid, they performed three new songs "Silence", "Hang It Up", and "Hit Me Down Sonny",[34] which later appeared on their new album. On their Twitter they stated on 26 July that they were filming a video for "Silence" at the Salford Lads' Club.

The video for their latest song, "Hang It Up" premiered on YouTube on 18 October 2011. The video was filmed in Alicante, Spain. The launch of their new video also made them 'trend' worldwide on Twitter. A video for their song "Silence", which was later remixed by Australian electro house duo Bag Raiders, premiered on YouTube on 21 November 2011.

It was confirmed by De Martino on Twitter that the second album would be called Sounds from Nowheresville.[35] It was released on 27 February 2012 in UK and on 13 March 2012 in US.

The album's third single "Soul Killing" premiered on the internet in early February 2012.[36] A video for the single was filmed on 28 June 2012.[37]

The Song "Hang It up" was featured in the Gossip Girl series, on 8 October 2012.

The band went to Ibiza in September 2012 to begin writing and recording material for their third studio album. They are still continuing work on the album in Ibiza as of November 2012.[38] The band are expected to start to reveal their new tracks in March 2013 with new artwork and vow to force a breath of fresh air into the means of releasing their new creations. They plan another world tour after the albums release.


Katie White

Katherine Rebecca White (born 1983[39] in Lowton, Greater Manchester) was raised on a farm in Lowton,[40] and attended Lowton High School which has a large performing arts department.[41] In 1995, White's grandfather Ken who Katie saw little of, won £6.6 million on the National Lottery and gave each of his three sons £1 million.[42] Katie's father David used his share of the money to purchase a haulage company, and as a father helped Katie in her school years as a wannabe musicican.[43]

Jules De Martino

Julian "Jules" De Martino (born in 1969 in London, England[44]) began playing drums at age 13.[45] He studied fine art at east London's Loughton college and signed a minor publishing deal to Morrison Leahy Music (publisher to George Michael) and formed band 'Mojo Pin' after being 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

MTV Awards

MTV Video Music Awards

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

MTV Europe Music Awards

YearNominated WorkAwardResult
2008"The Ting Tings"Best UK ActWon

mtvU Woodie Awards

YearNominated WorkAwardResult
2008"The Ting Tings"Best Performing WoodieNominated

MTV Australia Awards

YearNominated WorkAwardResult
2009"The Ting Tings"Breakthrough ActNominated

Major Awards

Grammy Awards

YearNominated WorkAwardResult
2010"The Ting Tings"Best New ArtistNominated

BRIT Awards

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


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