White got back in touch with Jules De Martino when she was at Leeds University and he moved to Manchester.They formed a band called Dear Eskiimo (often misreported as Dead Eskimo) with a DJ friend Simon Templeman.Their follow-up album, Sounds from Nowheresville, was released on 27 February 2012 in the UK, and 15 March in the United States.Their third album, Super Critical, was released on 27 October 2014.The Ting Tings - Katie White and Jules De Martino SET LENGTH? Seventeen venues from September 20 to October 10, including Newcastle Academy, September 23; Sheffield Academy, September 26; Manchester Academy, October 2 and 3; Birmingham Academy, October 4; The Forum, London, October 9 and 10.Katie Rebecca White (born 18 January 1983) is a British musician and member of the pop duo the Ting Tings.While De Martino was in Manchester, the pair bumped into each other and discovered they had a mutual love of Portishead.De Martino relocated to Islington Mill Studios (the Mill) in the Salford, Greater Manchester area.
White started her music career aged 14 in 1997 in a girl group punk trio TKO – short for Technical Knock Out – with two friends from Lowton school, Joanne Leeson and Emma Lally.
The name was intended to be as nomadic, tribal and independent as possible.
There were already several bands called "Eskimo" but Jules, who wrote the lyrics, wanted his songs to tell good stories as if in a letter, hence "Dear Eskiimo" with the odd spelling of 'Eskimo" with two 'I"s to make it stand out.
Their first performance was as a support between two rock bands but it went well and they were signed up by Mercury Records at the end of 2004.
Creative differences and the management style of the record label caused them to split up.