Maxi Jaxx has Died
Maxi Jazz, has died aged 65, was a founder member of the British band Faithless.
He was born Maxwell Fraser in Hackney, north London, but was brought up by his Jamaican parents, Harold and Ivet, in south London, attending Selhurst high school and living for most of his life in the Thornton Heath, Brixton and West Norwood areas. He took on his stage name as a DJ in London clubs in his 20s, also working on pirate radio stations such as LWR and supplementing his income with a variety of jobs, including for BT and as a council parks gardener.
Former bandmate Sister Bliss said he died “peacefully in his sleep” in his south-London home on Friday night. “Sending love to all of you who shared our musical journey. Look after each other y’hear,” she said on Twitter.
Faithless formed in 1995 and were pioneers of stadium dance music. They headlined some of the world’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury, taking to the Pyramid stage in 2002. They were nominated for Best UK Dance Act at the Brit Awards in 1999 and 2002.
Post on his Facebook “We are heartbroken to say Maxi Jazz died peacefully at his home in South London 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 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, a DJ, a Buddhist, a magnificent stage presence, car lover, endless talker, beautiful person , moral compass and genius.
Rollo, Sister Bliss & The E-Type Boys.”
From all of us at Data Transmission, “We’ve lost a genius today, when you get to meet to a hero and he’s an absolute G. It’s delightful in this industry. We are very sad to lose you Maxi and we will see you sometime at Sunday 8pm…”