The Ting TIngs


Tuesday 4th December 2018

Name, where are you from?
Katie from The Ting Tings. We are from Manchester. 

Describe your style in three words?
I do it better in one word. Eclectic.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Cypress Hill. We stood side of stage and the band kept coming over for a chat with us between songs and then midway through conversation would suddenly get in a squat position and flip straight back into performing as they walked back on stage. Was an amazing show and funny! you've got to be pros to be able to do that!

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
At the moment it would be The Smiths and The Cure. The Smiths because it probably never will happen and The Cure so we could finally get to see them. We played a couple of the same festivals and could never fight our way out of backstage into the crowd.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Post-punk new wave has always massively influenced us with bands like Blondie, Talking Heads and the Ramones. More recently it's been mod mixed with goth... Errr mod goth.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Aretha Franklin. I would have crept into the room, sat in the corner and listened to her sing. I wouldn't have said a word.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
The Bataclan in Paris. We played there 3 nights in a row - a residency instead of playing a bigger venue. It's the perfect size. You can feel the audience in a different way. It was so sad what happened there.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
At the moment it's Sleaford Mods. More people need to know about them. Check out their performance of 'Jobseeker' on Jools Holland. Pure punk expression. Not seen that for a while.

The Ting Tings, AKA Katie White and Julian De Martino, are best known for their successful 2009 debut album ‘We Started Nothing’ giving rise to the huge hit singles ‘That’s Not My Name’ and ‘Shut Up & Let Me Go’.

The duo have released two more studio albums since their debut. Their latest album ‘The Black Light’ sees the duo take on a darker style.

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