Graham Clark, Music Features Writer

Remembering Maxi Jazz From Faithless 1957 - 2022

For any fan of dance music the words: "I can’t get no sleep” will always be associated with Maxi Jazz and the opening lines of the Faithless worldwide hit, Insomnia.

Hearing the news of his death this weekend at the age of 65 brought more sadness to music fans in a year where far too many musical artists have passed away.

Maxi’s spoken narrative made the Faithless tracks so distinctive from God Is A DJ to We Come 1. He was the face and frontman of Faithless with Sister Bliss and Rollo providing the pulsating beats.

I remember seeing Faithless at Sheffield Arena in December 2010. When the audience on the main floor danced so intensely to Insomnia was performed that the whole arena seemed to bounce. That was a memory I have never forgotten, celebrating a joyful and communal experience that one only gets from live music events. 

Sadly, this might never occur again as Maxi was in total control, and for all those who came under his exuberant spell, we have been fortunate to have been part of the phenomena.

The band released the following statement on social media:
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.

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.

RIP Maxi, you have given us all countless memories, now finally you will get your sleep."