Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ The Ting Tings

The Ting TingsThe Ting Tings have been in our lives for years! This band  has had us repeat “the drums” over and over, to showing us the ways of traffic lights, fruit machines, silence, to hanging it up. The Ting Tings are one of the craziest bands I’ve seen live; between the constant energy to how well the songs were executed, seeing Katie and Jules was fantastic. We are completely overjoyed and thrilled to show this interview to everyone! So have a read where AMBY talk to The Ting Tings about how they’re bad bass players, love Once In a Lifetime, and how excited they are for their upcoming album!

AMBY: Hello The Ting Tings! What’s the band been up to lately?

K: Hi. We’ve been on the island of Ibiza recording glorious album 3, creating new images for a new website that we hope can stream and show our art and music and visuals. Oh and Ibiza is a party Island so…..

AMBY: Which three songs are quintessential The Ting Tings?

1. Once In a Lifetime (Talking Heads)

2. Once In a Lifetime

3. Once In a Lifetime

AMBY: You’re currently in the studio now for album number three! How’s the record coming along?

J: You’re prob a little early for too much disclosure however we’re buzzed about 8 tracks on the new record and having a fight on 4 new tunes. We have some very firm ideas how we want our new album to say so much more than just ‘another record online to grab’, the way you get it. We have found some amazing new visual artists in Paris and London that we are currently planning to bring to the island to make our new videos. Plus collaborating with some students in Barcelona on the site for new ways for our fans to hear our toons. We’re simply not over interested in older traditional boring methods of releasing music. So we spend a lot of time skyping and chatting to our underground artists around the world about the new beginning!!!
AMBY:  When we saw you in Toronto, a funny moment was when the bass drum fell off its stand. So we have to ask, what’s the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?

K: There are so many moments that have happened to us on and off stage through 4 years of touring the world making it hard to vote one to the top of the list. Here’s one tho… turning up at T In The Park in Scotland very very late because of an emergency landing in Portugal creating the chaos. All our equipment & cases were lost. We flew across Europe in just shorts and hoodies and flip flops so at T In The Park we were totally goosed. Katy Perry saved the day as she lent me leggings, make up, a cap and more clothes and other bands lent us equipment for our performance. Very nice of ’em all. We were tired from a 3am show in Lisbon and hung over from a small party there. Jules took to the stage first as I was crapping it behind the curtain. He started on his piano intro for We Walk (we never start with we walk but this time it was a good way to ease into our potential stage problems). Out on stage nothing worked, Jules had to improvise to 40 thousand people. I was pissing myself behind the safety of the curtain & he was pissed at me.. I know deep inside he was dying & angry but keeping his cool by turning We Walk into a guitar performance track leaving the piano in haste. Once he had the vibe on his drums and guitar (he plays both real well), i jumped on stage and off we went. The show was full of technical problems but in a way it added to our passion to improv and make the most of what we have. We hung with KP and had a ball. She’s a top gal.

AMBY: What does the band have planned for 2013?

J: Finish album 3, make 3 new videos with our new found visual artists, create a new platform to hear and see our music, go on tour late in the year and create mayhem.

K: Support new upcoming artists under a banner name in various countries. More on that another time. Do more, see more.

J: Oh and we have reconnected with our best pals at Islington Mill in Salford Manchester (where we started out) and we’re just finalising with the artists there (all 30 of them) to come to the island and do their thing (which is beautifully wild) and maybe mix the album then?

AMBY: What’s your proudest achievement to date?

J: Ivor Novello, Grammy Nomination, MTV award… naaaaah, we’re proud of doing our thing our way and having the opportunity to see and play out the world.

K: We have a bunch of cities and countries still to see and a massive record to complete so we feel our proudest moment is still in the making.

AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?

K: We have isolated ourselves from outside music but just before going into the studio we were listening to MGMT, Police, XX, RadioHead amongst others. Check out Matson Jones ‘New York City fuck off’ (( )) superbo!

AMBY: Where did the idea for Sounds from Nowheresville‘s album artwork come from?

J: We were touring the Uk and decided we wanted to visit all the art colleges & uni’s in all the cities we were playing for more inspiration. Along the way we asked the students to come up with art work and remixes of our tracks. Some of these remixes featured on the delux album copy, some on our website… the front cover was an artwork painted by Milan Abad from Bournemouth university who we found on route. He was briefed by the band and his adaptation of images he found of us online just stood out strong. We were fed up of our label telling us to keep looking beautiful on front covers and posters… head strainers! So using Milan’s artwork felt v v GOOD.

AMBY: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

J: The world. The whole lot. The way it is and the way we feel after so much global travel. It really does worry you when you see so much poverty and sadness. It’s not all doom and gloom though.. we’re all part of the great change coming. This is the first interview running into our 3rd record so the change has already started for us.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

K: Album 3 – glorious album 3!

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Ting Tings that nobody knows yet?

J: We don’t think we should have been popular.

K: We’re bad bass players.

J: K is messy.

K: J is a control freak…


Thank you The Ting Tings, for giving us your answers!

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