The Ting Tings are a duo, drummer Jules De Martino and singer-guitarist Katie White. White explained in an interview with Three's A Crowd
that the duo were named after a former work colleague of hers: "I used to work with a girl called Ting Ting. It means an old bandstand in Mandarin Chinese, and it also means the sound of innovation and an open mind. At first we were quite blasé because we thought we'd just be naming our band to play to our friends at parties, so we didn't spend hours and hours deliberating over the name. I like it, though. I'm quite happy with it."