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WWD caught up with The Ting Tings’ Katie White and Jules De Martino at All Points West, just hours before their high-energy Saturday night set. Since the pair has been touring and doing promotion in support of their first album, “We Started Nothing,” as far back as spring 2008, it’s no wonder they can finish each other’s sentences.
WWD: Have you been playing a lot of festivals this summer?
Katie White: A lot. Probably around 20 or 25. We’ve done Romania, Slovakia, Japan, all these random places that we would never have dreamed of going to.
Jules De Martino: We’ve been doing four days on festivals, and one day off for the whole summer, so we’ve covered the whole globe.
WWD: What are the benefits of playing festivals, as opposed to clubs or other venues?
J.D.M.: I think for us it’s, selfishly, [that] we get to see other bands. When you do your own gig in a club, you don’t get to see a lot of bands.
K.W.: And people go to festivals to see lots of different music, so you get to play in front of a different type of audience than your own audience. You’re attracting people who have just seen a rock band or a punk band or a funk band. Then they’re seeing you and they’re going to make something of it.
J.D.M.: Whereas sometimes in a club, when it’s just our own music, it’s almost easier [for us] because they know what they’re getting. Whereas here, they don’t know what they’re getting and you feel that excitement.
K.W.: You’ve got a lot to prove. It’s good, you feel like you’re winning new people that didn’t even know about you, which is a nice feeling.