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'
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
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?
Benji Boko has his sights set on collaborating with Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn.
Benji Boko has his sights set on collaborating with Damon Albarn.
Following the release of his debut album, 'Beats, Treats, and all things Unique' in June - the dance musician is working on his ultimate musical goal of collaborating with the musician, wjho is a member of both Gorillaz and Blur.
He said: "I'd love to work with Damon Albarn and the Gorillaz - I haven't approached any of them yet because I'm not in a position for them to want to do that with me. I know that I'm not ready.
Continue reading: Benji Boko Wants Gorillaz Collaboration
Dance group Faithless have announced they are splitting up after their current tour.
Faithless are splitting up.
The 'Insomnia' dance group announced they will go their separate ways after 15 years together after their preset tour ends on April 8.
In a statement on their website, singer Maxi Jazz wrote: "After 15 years and six albums I think we've probably made our collective point by now and that it's time to close the book and return to the library.
Continue reading: Faithless Split
Dance group Faithless have revealed appearing at this year's Glastonbury festival was an emotional experience, as they didn't think they would be given the opportunity to perform at the site again.
The British electrionic trio - who played before of Stevie Wonder on the final day at this years event- revealed when the band performed at the iconic festival in Somerset, South West England, in 2002, they never thought they would get the opportunity to do it again.
Singer Sister Bliss explained: "Amazing, 80,000 people. I feel blessed we were able to do it. After playing there in 2002, I never thought we'd do it again. Maxi Jazz and I had a moment where we choked up a bit."
Continue reading: Faithless' 'Emotional' Glastonbury Experience
Dance act Faithless have revealed Hollywood hard man Sylvester Stallone would be their ultimate collaborator.
The 'God Is A DJ' dance act have revealed their collaboration wish list, with actor Sylvester Stallone making a surprise appearance.
When questioned rapper Maxi Jazz - real name Maxwell Alexander Fraser - revealed the Hollywood hard man would be his dream singing partner.
Continue reading: Faithless Want Stallone Duet
Faithless frontman Maxi Jazz has joined Kanye West in condemning hip-hop's "bling" culture and is urging rappers to shun expensive jewellery in an effort to stamp out the conflict diamond trade which is responsible for mass murder, rape and child slavery.
The INSOMNIA hitmaker is appalled that the western world's appetite fuels the criminal culture surrounding diamonds and implores the world's governments to take action.
Jazz writes in British newspaper The Independent, "There are exceptions. Kanye West may be categorised as being part of bling culture, but he is not your average hustla.
Continue reading: Jazz Joins West In Condemning Diamond Greed
FAITHLESS star Maxi Jazz has a unique way of preparing to rock out on stage - he convinces himself the audience loathes him.
The British DJ insists the peculiar habit is the only way of mustering up enough adrenaline to give an electrifying performance, and never fails to focus on a healthy dose of hatred before facing the fans.
He explains, "I follow a ritual before each show, in which I pretend to myself that it's a battle, that the crowds hate us and they've all come to see Robbie Williams or whoever else is on the bill, and they really despise us.
Continue reading: Maxi Jazz: 'I Like To Think Everyone Hates Me'
Three members of girl band All Saints are set to reunite to record a track for the Asian tsunami appeal.
Jazz explains, "There's a twelve-bar section right at the beginning of the track that needs some vibes.
Continue reading: All Saints Team Up For Tsunami Song
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