Near Death Experience

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NME: Tell us a bit about yourself?

Near Death Experience – NDX for short – is a four-piece guitar band from Ealing, London. Influenced by the psychedelic rock, soul and funk of the 60s and 70s, we play an eclectic mix of original emotive tunes, from brooding torch songs to full on garage wigouts.

Renowned for our vivid live performances, we took the London gig scene by storm in our first year and even played three sets at Glastonbury 2017!

NME: There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest?

We stand out against the current crop of emerging talent through out great live shows driven by our stunning hook-laden songs.

Meanwhile, the mix of rhythmic acoustic and driving electric guitar, plus funky bass and drums gives us a highly original clean, sharp, shimmering, irresistible sound.

NME: What’s your back-story?

Disillusioned with music, NDX singer Ian "Talent" Whiteling had just about written off ever finding the right band, when he reluctantly agreed to jam with three guys in a church in West Ealing.

Immediately connecting with the trio of Bill "The Prof" Marten on guitar, Amar "Groovemeister" Grover on bass and Mike "The Sarje" Sarjeant on drums, Ian found these guys were not only perfect for his some of the songs he'd written, but also the ideal inspiration for new ones.

And so NDX was born, with the band still calling the beautifully restored church of St Mary's their home. The rest is history…

NME: What are you working on at the moment?

Having release our first EP The Last Summer in 2017, we're currently working on our second album out soon, with a clutch of singles imminent.

Confused? Well we decided to launch our second album before our first to avoid the 'difficult' second album syndrone. The songs for our first record have been written and will be released after our second - honest!

NME: What's the first song you remember hearing?

IW: Black Skin Blue-Eyed Boys by The Equals – yes, Google it, it's great and kinda sums up the NDX sound…
AG: Light My Fire by The Doors
BM: Telegram Sam by T-Rex
MS: All You Need Is Love by The Beatles

NME: You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song?

IW: I Will Survive!
AG: Hotel California
BM: Wichita Lineman
MS: I Will Survive!

NME: What was the first gig you went to?

IW: Hendrix at the Isle of Wight Festival (in my dreams!)
AG: The Police
BM: The Two Tone Rewiew – Specials, Bodysnatchers, The Selektor

NME: Which song do you wish you'd written?

IW: Heroes by David Bowie
AG: Money by Pink Floyd
BM: Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa
MS: Forever Autumn by Justin Hayward

NME: Which song changed your life?

IW: Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones
AG: And She Was by Talking Heads
BM: Starman by David Bowie

NME: Which song would you like played at your funeral?

IW: There is a Light That Will Never Go Out by The Smiths
AG: Travellin' Shoes by Fred Neil
BM: Also Sprach Zarathustra by Deodato
MS: Summer Highland Falls by Billy Joel

NME: What song is stuck in your head right now?

IW: My new song Crepuscular – who knows if it will ever see the light of day…
AG: She's Not There by The Zombies
BM: Praise You by Fat Boy Slim
MS: Carrie Ann by The Hollies

NME: What was the first Album you bought?

IW: Love, Forever Changes
AG: Hide Tide And Green Grass by The Rolling Stones
BM: My People Were Fair And Had The Sky In Their Hair But Now They're Content To Wear Stars In Their Brows by Tyrannosaurus Rex
MS: Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd

NME: Which song made you want to play music?

IW: In the Year 2525 by Zager And Evans
AG: Gloria by Them
BM: Jeepster by T-Rex
MS: Paper Plane by Status Quo

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