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"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 (亭).The band researched the name and found it to also mean the "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.The Ting Tings performed at the i Tunes Live London Festival in the KOKO nightclub in July 2008; the performance was released as a downloadable EP in the i Tunes Store under the title i Tunes Live: London Festival ‘08.In December 2008, they (along with numerous other singers and bands) performed on Jools Holland's Hootenanny show on BBC2.They also won the award for Best UK Video for their single "Shut Up and Let Me Go". The Ting Tings appeared as the musical guests on Saturday Night Live on the 16 January 2010 episode, hosted by Sigourney Weaver.The duo began writing their second album in Paris, France.
The first single released on Columbia was "Great DJ", which received considerable airplay on BBC Radio 1 and XFM in the UK and praise from magazines such as NME. The band's debut album, We Started Nothing, was released in May 2008 and entered the UK Albums Chart at number one, following the single "That's Not My Name", which topped the singles chart.Tracks from the album were featured in various television shows, films and advertisements. The duo also toured the country as a support act for Pink on her Funhouse Tour.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, including a section from "Shut Up and Let Me Go" with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM. release of the single "That's Not My Name" for January 2009, followed by a March/April U. In December 2009, the duo was nominated for Best New Artist at the 52nd Grammy Awards.The Ting Tings are an English indie pop duo from Salford, Greater Manchester.The band consists of Katie White (vocals, guitar, bass drums, bass guitar, cowbells) and Jules De Martino (drums, lead guitar, bass guitar, vocals, piano).