Ting Tings are just shy people

The Ting Tings
The Ting Tings

THE Ting Tings may be world famous superstars, but they love nothing more than to fade in the background when they are not on stage.

As the duo tour the United States to promote their third album, Super Critical, Lowton-born Katie White spoke to the Orange County Register about how they love the simple life.

We tend to avoid the whole celeb thing. We’re just terrible at going down red carpets. They’re just awful. We’ve probably done like four in our lives. We keep ourselves to ourselves

Katie White

She said; “We tend to avoid the whole celeb thing. We’re just terrible at going down red carpets. They’re just awful. We’ve probably done like four in our lives. We keep ourselves to ourselves.

“With our first album, we managed to sell millions of albums. And we could literally play to 20,000 people at a festival and then get changed, walk through the crowd and nobody would know who we are. And we thought that was amazing! Because we could still have a life.

“We’re naturally quite quiet or quite shy, almost. It’s weird. Onstage, we really come out of ourselves.”

Katie also spoke of her friendship with drummer Jules De Martino and how it all began...

She said; “We met in London, and we were both in bands that none of us particularly liked. I think I was about 19 or 20, and we met and we had a go at writing songs together and we really got on. We both loved bands like Portishead and Blondie and the Smiths and all our favourite bands we had in common.

“We argue quite a lot when we’re kind of bashing out ideas. I think ultimately we both like the same kind of music. We love pop music, but we love pop music that’s got a little bit of an edge to it.

“Jules is a perfectionist. He really is. He will spend a year working on one song. And I’m the complete opposite. I’m disorganized, and I’m messy. And I spend 10 minutes thinking about something, but he thinks the idea’s great because it’s very different from what he does. So I think maybe being opposite kind of helps.”

The duo have a lot of festivals in Europe lined up over the summer and plan to spend more time in America.

Katie added: “We’re a UK band, and I think you have to put the hours in in America and tour it. We’re quite prepared to do it.

“We are hoping to spend a lot of time there.”