The music industry has been paying tribute to the late Maxi Jazz, lead singer of iconic dance group Faithless, who died aged 65 on December 23.
In a Facebook post on Saturday, the group wrote: “We are heartbroken to say Maxi Jazz died last night. He was a man who changed our lives in so many ways.
“He gave proper meaning and message to our music.
“He was 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.”
In an Instagram post, the band wrote that the singer “died peacefully in his sleep”.
“He was a brilliant lyricist, DJ, Buddhist, a magnificent stage presence, car lover, endless talker, beautiful person, moral compass and genius,” they wrote.
“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 formed in 1995 with core members Rollo, Sister Bliss and Maxi Jazz. They would go on to become one of the most influential and successful dance acts of the ‘90s, with singles Insomnia and Salva Mea both selling in excess of one million copies.
The DJ Dave Pearce paid tribute to Jazz, saying: “So sad to learn Maxi Jazz has passed away. Faithless were an iconic force in UK dance music from the mid-90s and touched so many lives. Throughout their meteoric rise to fame Maxi remained a warm, cool, friendly soul – dance music’s poet – thoughts with his family and friends RIP.”
UB40 tweeted: “A lovely guy, again who has gone too soon, but finally Maxi you can get some sleep. R.I.P Maxi Big Love UB40.”
DJ MistaJam also posted on Twitter: “I only met him IRL once and he was the kindest man with such an aura about him. His words and performances touched so many of us and he’ll be sorely missed. Love to @thesisterbliss and the whole @faithlessfamily. Rest in Power Maxi Jazz.”
Judge Jules described Jazz as an "incredible talent and a complete gent", while DJ and radio presenter Mistajam remarked that Jazz's "words and performances touched so many of us".
Pete Tong Tweeted: "Maxi Jazz R.I.P A poet, a gentleman and a true original who together with @faithless made a handful of tunes that define both club culture and a generation. In a hundred years time if someone asks what all the fuss was about in 1996, just play them Insomnia, job done…"
Armin van Buuren also said: "Shocked to hear about Maxi Jazz from Faithless. May your music keep inspiring others and rest easy."