Maxi Jazz of Faithless has died at age 65. The group announced his passing on Christmas Eve, with a heartfelt statement on social media.

Born in South London in 1957, Maxi Jazz was a rapper, singer, songwriter, and DJ – an icon in dance music history. He was a founding member and lead vocalist of the electronic band Faithless, which formed circa 1995. He helped the group produce six studio albums over their tenure, including their 1996 debut, Reverence and chart-topping ‘No Roots‘ in 2004, before leaving the band In 2015 to front Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys as both a singer and guitarist. 

Faithless were pivotal to the dance music scene, known for their strong political and social messages as well as their charismatic stage presence. Jazz also provided vocals for artists like Tiësto on his 2006 hit track ‘Dance4life‘ as well Vintage Culture on ‘Commotion‘ earlier this year. His final live appearance with Faithless was at Ibiza Rocks in 2016.

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Lover of all things House with a few other genres thrown in for good measure. Some favorite artists include Lane 8, Kyle Watson, and Zeds Dead. If I’m not shaking it on the dance floor, you can find me hiking, traveling, or curled up with a good book.

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