Faithless’ lead singer Maxi Jazz passed away at the age of 65.
The DJ and musician, real name Maxwell Fraser, was a crucial player in the group, well known for the club hit Insomnia.
He passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday night at his south London home, according to his former bandmate Sister Bliss.
“I’m sending love to everyone who participated in our musical adventure. She stated, ” take care of one another, hear? “on Twitter.
We Come 1, which peaked at number three in the charts in 2001, and the dance smash Insomnia, which peaked at number three in 1996, are two of Faithless’ best-known hits.
We are heartbroken to say Maxi Jazz died peacefully in his sleep last night. He was a man who changed our lives in so many ways. He gave proper meaning and a message to our music. He was a lovely human being with time for everyone and wisdom that was both profound and accessible. pic.twitter.com/VcFe7OpTh6
— Faithless (@faithless) December 24, 2022
A reference to the Insomnia song by the reggae group UB40, who shared a tour with Maxi Jazz in 2017, was used as an homage to the singer. “A nice guy, again, who has gone too young, but finally, Maxi, you can get some sleep,” the band said.
A message from his former bandmates on Maxi Jazz’s Instagram read: “He was a man who profoundly altered our lives in several ways. He provided our song with the appropriate message and significance.
“Also, he was a great person who had time for everyone with deep and approachable advice. Working with him was a privilege and, of course, an absolute joy.
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He was a talented songwriter, a DJ, a Buddhist, a master of the stage, a lover of cars, a never-ending chatterbox, a moral compass, and a genius.
Maxi Jazz, a Brixton native, also fronted the band Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys and contributed to the Soul Food Cafe album.
Faithless, according to DJ David Pearce, “affected so many lives” and became an “iconic force in UK dance music” by the middle of the 1990s. Jazz, in his words, was “the poet of dance music” and had a “warm, cool, sympathetic soul.”
The stadium dance band Faithless was a pioneer when it was founded in 1995. They performed on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury in 2002, one of the biggest festivals in the world. In 1999 and 2002, they received a nomination for Best UK Dance Act at the Brit Awards.
The band released a new studio album over ten years after their 2011 breakup during the Covid epidemic. Jazz, who had started another band called Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys, chose not to join them.
When Faithless took a break in 2013, Maxi Jazz started creating songs for the guitar band, which gave him a fresh sound.
The band referred to their music as “melodic funk and blues combined with reggae beats, dub baselines, and Jamaican melodies” on their website.
Maxi Jazz, who joined Crystal Palace FC as an associate director in 2012, was a devoted supporter of the team.
The premier league squad claimed that the “renowned musician” frequently performed at Selhurst Park and that the team would leave the field to Faithless as a mark of respect for the late singer on Boxing Day.