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Faithless is a British band, most famous for their electronica hits, 'God Is A DJ' and 'Insomnia'.
Faithless has three core members, as well as a rotating cast of collaborators. The main members of the band are Maxi Jazz, Rollo and Sister Bliss. Maxi Jazz is the principle vocalist for the band and adopts a rap style of vocal for most of the songs, many of which have overt political and spiritual themes. Rollo is the producer, whilst Sister Bliss writes and constructs the songs, electronically. Bliss is also a talented pianist. Jamie Catto was originally a member of the band, but left following the release of Sunday 8PM. Pauline Taylor is a regular vocalist for the band.
Each Faithless album has seen the band employ somebody from outside of the band to work with. Zoë Johnston joined the band for Outrospective, whilst LSK was employed during the recording of No Roots. Rollo's sister, Dido recorded her first ever track with Faithless. Her payment for singing on 'Salva Mea' was apparently a curry. Since recording the track, she has sung on a track on each of their subsequent albums.
Faithless' debut album was entitled Reverence and reached number 26 on the UK album charts. Many tracks from the album, such as 'Salva Mea', 'Insomnia' and 'Don't Leave' are now considered to be classic Faithless tunes.
The second album, Sunday 8PM, reached number 10 in the charts. One of the most popular tracks from the album is 'God is A DJ'. Boy George was the guest singer on 'Why Go?'
Following on, in 2001, was Outrospective, which peaked at number four in the album charts in the UK. Zoë Johnston's vocals were featured heavily in the album. Also featured was the singer & columnist, Steve Rowland.
Faithless' fourth studio album was No Roots, the band's first number one album in the UK. Released in 2004, the album featured the Leeds-based artist LSK (Lee Kenny) on a number of tracks. LSK still features in Faithless' live shows. The track 'I Want More: Part 2' also features the vocals of Nina Simone.
In 2006, Faithless extinguished rumours that No Roots would be their last album and released To All New Arrivals. Robert Smith, of The Cure, provides vocals for 'Spiders, Crocodiles and Kryptonite', whilst American singer Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) sings on 'A Kind Of Peace.' The lead single, 'Bombs' was banned from MTV, due to its controversial promotional video, which contained footage of war scenes.
Faithless: Solo Projects
Sister Bliss is a renowned DJ and often gigs alone. She also remixes other artists' work and has appeared in a music video for Paul Oakenfold.
Rollo has his own record label. Cheeky Records. He has produced two albums for his sister, Dido and makes his own dance music under a number of monikers, including Rollo Goes Camping and Rollo Goes Spiritual.
Maxi Jazz has worked on pirate radio, as well as releasing solo work. The project 1 Giant Leap was a collaboration between Jazz and Jamie Catto. Their album featured vocals from Robbie Williams.
Maxi Jazz chanted his way to success but still swears a lot and drives too fast.
The Faithless star found success soon after he began Buddhist chanting, which he credits to saving him from a life on the dole (social security).
A practicing Buddhist for 24 years, the musician reveals that despite his faith, he isn't particularly Zen and still has a few vices.
"I was on the dole, a struggling musician, not getting paid enough for my gigs and I thought, 'I'll try anything'. I tried chanting and it worked," he laughed.
Continue reading: Maxi Jazz: 'I'm Not A Perfect Buddhist... I Swear A Lot'
Justin Bieber and Rihanna are the headline acts for the 2016 V Festival.
Those performing at the annual event in August were confirmed on Monday (22Feb16), with the two pop superstars taking to the main stage on different days.
Supporting Bieber is Sia, with David Guetta performing before Rihanna. The music festival plays over two days, with Bieber headlining on 20 August in Chelmsford's Hylands Park and then moving to Weston Park in Staffordshire on 21 August. Rihanna will play the opposite dates.
Continue reading: Justin Bieber And Rihanna Confirmed For V Festival
Thousands Of Fans Of Veteran Music Stars Faithless Have Had Their Details Stolen From The Band's Website By Hackers.
The Insomnia stars were targeted by fraudsters who breached their official site last year (15) and stole the email addresses and passwords of an estimated 18,000 followers.
The information is now being sold online, making fans vulnerable to scams.
Elad Ben-Meir, from Internet security firm CyberInt, tells British newspaper The Independent, "We have a system that collects cyber threat intelligence in real time, and as part of our work we uncovered a Faithless database being sold on the dark web, and we flagged it up to them.
Continue reading: Faithless Website Hacked
If you didn't think Faithless could get any more big room with their music, then think again. They just did. Regarded as producing some of the biggest nights in electronica before the recent revolution and dominance of EDM, Faithless are back to celebrate 20 years since their nascent, now allowing the names in the industry to remix their classics into the songs that will satisfy the biggest electronic festivals around the planet.
Calling in A list names such as Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, Above And Beyond, Eric Prydz and Axwell among others, the album has been given a contemporary make over, using the highest quality DJ's from house, trance and dnb to return Faithless to the masses.
The album at first seems to be about the numbers. The group are celebrating 20 years, the album is entitled 2.0. It's 2 CDs long - one remix album, one greatest hits. And all the remixed tracks are considered second generation, entitled 'insomnia 2.0' for example.
Continue reading: Faithless - 2.0 Album Review
Dance Music Veterans Faithless Have Scored Their Third Number One Album In The U.k.
The group's remix album, Faithless 2.0, which features classic tracks like God is a DJ and Insomnia, reworked by DJs Avicii and Tiesto, among others, keeps Ed Sheeran's X off the top of the new countdown.
Sheeran's hit album has now spent a staggering 69 weeks in the U.K. top 10.
Jess Glynne's I Cry When I Laugh, The Documentary 2 by rapper The Game and John Grant's Grey Tickles Black Pressure complete the top five.
Continue reading: Faithless Take New Remix Album To The Top Of The U.k. Charts
Dido has released her new single 'Let Us Move On', a collaboration with rapper Kendrick Lamar.
The 'White Flag' singer, who soared to fame after her track 'Thank You' featured on rapper Eminem's popular single 'Stan' in 2000, has returned to Aftermath record label to seek the help of Kendrick, who is Dr Dre's latest protege.
Their collaboration, titled 'Let Us Move On', is Dido's debut single from her upcoming album 'Girl Who Got Away'.
Continue reading: Dido Returns To Music With Kendrick Lamar Collaboration
Sister Bliss says Swedish House Mafia are like a ''crude and reduced'' version of her former group.
The DJ and producer thinks the Scandinavian dance collective have a similar sound to her group - who disbanded last year after their 'Passing the Baton' tour - but without the ''subtlety''.
She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''I think their sound is very Faithless-y in a way but a very crude and reduced kind of Faithless. But I think without the kind of lyrical integrity maybe, and the subtlety in the sound.
Continue reading: Sister Bliss Slams Swedish House Mafia
Sister Bliss thinks Example could follow in the footsteps of Faithless vocalist Maxi Jazz, after she worked on his 'Playing in the Shadows' album.
Now defunct 'We Come 1' group Faithless were one of the first to mix rapping and dance music, and DJ Sister Bliss saw some of their approach in the way Example - real name Eliot Gleave - worked when they collaborated for his track 'The Way' on his 'Playing in The Shadows' album.
Bliss exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''I'd pretty much only worked with one rapper, and what a rapper he was. It was a great difference from the 'bitches and hos,' and 'my bling is bigger than your bling,' attitude you can get in rap.
Continue reading: Example The New Maxi Jazz?
The Prodigy have been voted the best dance act of all time, beating Daft Punk in a poll by Mixmag magazine.
The Prodigy have been voted the best dance act of all time.
The 'Firestarter' group beat Daft Punk to claim the top spot in the poll, by dance music publication Mixmag, although they only won by a "handful of votes".
Singer Keith Flint said: "To walk off a stage and feel like we smashed it - that's the reward for us.
Continue reading: The Prodigy Voted Best Dance Act Of All Time
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