In 2007, Katie White and Jules Martino needed a name for their band. Thus, The Ting Tings was born. The band began when Katie and Jules began writing an performing songs together, just for fun. The Ting Tings caused a lot of excitement at Manchester's Islington Mill, which…more
In July of 2008, The Ting Tings performed at the iTunes London Festival at the KOKO nightclub.
Dolce & Gabbana and Betsey Johnson featured That's Not My Name in their fashion shows during New York Fashion Week.
Katie designs her own clothing.
While trying to figure out a name for the band, Katie worked with a girl called "Ting Ting" which also happened to be the Mandarin name for "bandstand". Since there were two members, the decided to call themselves "The Ting Tings".
Jules: My parents had a great record collection. The classics: Beatles, Elvis, etc. My approach to music was very strange. My mum said that I'd always listen to the B-sides, I was in love with what was going on with the B-sides. Musically, I was into production and the B-sides always had something more experimental, not necessarily driven by the hits. I was attracted to that. The flipside of a single was usually the strongest track.
Katie: We didn't know what sound we were looking for. We didn't even plan on being a band because we'd had such a horrible time in the music industry with the previous group. We didn't think anybody would be interested in what we did, so we wrote songs for ourselves to play to our friends at the Mill.
Katie: (on growing up in Manchester) It's just gray skies. I really did just spend my entire childhood bored. I listened to really rubbish music growing up, don't know why. Bad music, bad pop. Whatever crap was on the local radio.
Katie: (about the band's name) I thought it was lovely. It can also refer to the sound of innovation or an open mind. Like the 'ting' you hear when you get an idea.