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Chatting Up The Ting Tings

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.

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WWD: Have you guys had any time off or vacation in the past year?

J.D.M.: In the last 18 months, we’ve had probably about three weeks. We don’t know what our families look like any more.

K.W.: We’ve just been in Berlin for five days. It’s just amazing. We’re recording our second album there, so we’ve been building our studio. It could have been a vacation, but we chose not to. I made a cut, too, in the studio.

J.D.M.: We found an old jazz club, so we rented that and brought all of our equipment there. We can’t wait to record.


WWD: Are you working with any new producers or artists for the album?

J.D.M.: There are lots of ideas in the pipeline, but we work alone. We lock ourselves away. We work really quick to get our album done and we party.

K.W.: We get offers to work with big producers, but I just think we’d end up sounding like every other band out there. I kind of like what we do — pop songs, but they’re really scruffy and homemade, which is good.


WWD: What do you wear to perform at summer festivals?

K.W.: I always like to wear leggings on stage. Not to be crude, but they’ve got photographers in the pit, and they’re below you. And I don’t stand there looking pretty on stage, I’m jumping around. So, for modesty I’m always in leggings. Flat shoes — I can’t perform in heels. [As for clothes] as little as possible without looking like a slut, just ‘cause it’s so hot.

J.D.M.: I can’t look like a slut. I mean, I try. I’m drumming, so I’ll wear a particular jean that’s flexible so I can drum, and trainers — probably Adidas trainers for me because they work. And just T-shirts. I go through two T-shirts for a gig ‘cause I sweat a lot. It’s got to be simple.

K.W.: I suffer for my art because, recently, I’ve been wearing this lady called Pam Hogg. She’s like a Vivienne Westwood character. She hasn’t done a show in 10 years, and then she just started making clothes again. Remember [the TV show] “Power Rangers”? She makes, like, Power Ranger suits — they’re brilliant. You’re so hot on stage but they look like so much fun, that I’m just like, “F--k it. I’ll just look like a big sweat monster, but I’m dressed like a Power Ranger.”

 

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