Maxi Jazz, Faithless
Maxi Jazz, Faithless

Maxi Jazz, Faithless lead singer, passes away at age 65

Along with Rollo and Sister Bliss, the musician and DJ Maxi Jazz, real name Maxwell Fraser, was a key component of the Faithless group.

He passed away “peacefully in his sleep” on Friday night, according to Sister Bliss, in his south London residence.

I’m sending love to everyone who participated in our musical adventure. Look out for one another, y’all, she wrote 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 also a lovely human being with time for everyone and a wisdom that was both profound and accessible. It was an honour and, of course, a true pleasure to work with him. He was a brilliant lyricist, DJ, Buddhist, a magnificent stage presence, car lover, endless talker, beautiful person, moral compass and genius. Rest in peace dearest Max. 1957 – 2022 💔 and thank you Faithless family for all the love you showed us over the years. Please look after each other, y’hear ?? as Max would always say. – Faithless

The dance band Faithless was a pioneer when it was founded in 1995. In 1999 and 2002, they received a nomination for Best UK Dance Act at the Brit Awards.

A new studio album was released by the band over ten years after their 2011 breakup, during the Covid epidemic. Jazz, who had started a different group called Maxi Jazz and the E-Type Boys, didn’t join them though.