Jules De Martino

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Julian De Martino
Background information
Birth nameJulian De Martino
Born (1967-07-16) 16 July 1967 (age 56)
West Ham, London, England
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
Instrument(s)Guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboards, vocals
Years active1987–present
Member ofThe Ting Tings

Julian "Jules" De Martino (born 16 July 1967)[citation needed] is an English musician and a member of the pop duo The Ting Tings.[1]

Early life[edit]

De Martino was born in West Ham, the son of Northern Irish mother, Rosemary (née Middleton), and Italian father, Benito De Martino.[2] Jules has one older sister, Maria. He began playing drums at the age of 13.[1]

Musical projects[edit]


When he was 17, De Martino was the drummer and songwriter in a band called Babakoto (the babakoto is a rare lemur from Madagascar),[3] who once played as a backing group for Bros[4] and released a single at the end of 1987 called "Just to Get By", which failed to chart.[5]

Mojo Pin[edit]

After Babakoto broke up De Martino became the lead singer in another indie band called Mojo Pin, named after the first song on Jeff Buckley's 1994 album Grace. Mojo Pin released two singles, "You" in 1995 and "My Imagination" in 1996.


In March 2001 Katie White's father David White brought in De Martino as a songwriter and he wrote four songs for her group TKO (Technical Knock Out).[6]

Dear Eskiimo[edit]

De Martino moved to Manchester and formed a band with Katie White and DJ Simon Templeman[7] which they called Dear Eskiimo (often misreported as Dead Eskimo). The name was intended to be as nomadic, tribal and independent as possible. There were already several bands called Eskimo but De Martino, 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.[8] Their first performance was as a support between two rock bands. 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.[9]

The Ting Tings[edit]

In 2007, De Martino and White started a duo with White on vocals, guitar and bass drum and De Martino on vocals, drums, bass, guitar, and keyboards. They started writing songs together and performing short concerts. White was working in a boutique with a Chinese girl called Ting Ting, which sounds like Mandarin Chinese for band stand () and White used it as name for the band.[1] One transliteration of the band's name in Japanese is a slang word for penis (wikt:ちんちん).[10] The Ting Tings started by playing for private parties at the Islington Mill arts centre in Salford and their debut album, We Started Nothing, was released on 19 May 2008.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In a February 2022 BBC interview, De Martino and White spoke of their 20-month-old daughter and personal relationship: "The pair have previously avoided saying whether they are romantic as well as musical partners. 'We never particularly spoke about it,' the singer says. 'We always wanted to keep it quite separate from the music, but it's quite hard when you have literally a mini person. We've been together a long time now.'"[11]


  1. ^ a b c "The Band". Thetingtings.com. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Caroline Sullivan meets the Day-Glo duo the Ting Tings". The Guardian. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Indri, Babakoto". Calphotos.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  4. ^ McFadden, Danny. "Tings ain't what they used to be". Archived from the original on 19 March 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  5. ^ "The Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  6. ^ "How feud tore Ting Tings star's family apart". Mirror.co.uk. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 7 March 2009.
  7. ^ "Ting Tings". Blogs.notw.co.uk. Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  8. ^ "Dear Eskimo Biography". Saintedpr.com. Archived from the original on 11 January 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  9. ^ a b http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/entertainment/music/rock_and_pop/s/1008/1008617_ting_tings__the_hottest_party_in_town.html [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Barton, Laura (28 June 2008). "Just Doing Their Ting". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 10 July 2008.
  11. ^ "That's Not My Name: The Ting Tings discuss song's 'amazing' TikTok revival". BBC News. 27 February 2022.