The Ting Tings is an English rock duo of Jules De Martino (drums, guitar, vocals, piano) and Katie White (born 1983) (vocals, guitar, piano and bass drum).
Katherine Rebecca White grew up on a farm in Lowton, part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, in Greater Manchester, England with her father David White, mother Lynne and sister Helena. White went to Lowton High School in Lowton, near Warrington which has a large performing arts department.
When she was 12 years old, White's grandfather Ken White won £6.6million on the National Lottery and gave each of his three sons David, Stephen and Richard £1million each. As well as buying ponies for Katie and Helena, David used his share of the money to start a music management company.
Julian De Martino (known as 'Jules') is a British singer-songwriter.
De Martino was born in Albert Place, East London and grew up in Kirkby Stephen, a small market town in Cumbria, in North West England which is part of Westmorland. He began playing drums at the age of 13.
Jules De Martino hooked up with Katie White while she was at Leeds University.
The name Ting Ting comes from the first name of a Chinese colleague of White at a shop who told her the name sounds like the pronunciation of "an old bandstand" in Mandarin.
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.
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