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MAXI JAZZ (FAITHLESS) A-Personal-Dj-Set

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Maxi began dj’ing on a sound system in Brixton with his brother and three (bored) music-mad mates.  This time Brixton was already home to some very popular “Sounds” so, in a bid to promote his own ‘Soul Food Cafe’ sound, Maxi worked his way onto the thriving, mid-80’s pirate radio scene and in ‘87 landed the hiphop show on LWR.

Playing hiphop beats on the radio very quickly led to creating them at home, this became something of an obsession.  His first rap lyrics were penned in ‘86 for having fun on the mic at parties, by ‘91 it had become something altogether more serious.  Maxi had, by now formed his own Soul Food Cafe band to interpret his beats in a live setting and soon began working with other diverse artists such as Jah Wobble and Jason Rebello.  He recorded a debut album “Original Groovejuice. Vol. 1 with his band in 1994, just as he was being introduced to future partners, Sister Bliss and Rollo.  They were looking for an emcee for a one-off single.  Salva Mea was the result. Rollo, impressed with the Buddhist nature of the lyric, invited Maxi to make an album with them.  And Faithless was born.  Maxi had developed a unique, soulful and insightful rap style that complemented perfectly the extraordinary music being composed by Sister Bliss and produced by herself and Rollo.  The second single, “Insomnia” became a huge worldwide hit/classic and the journey to more hits, six studio albums and more than a decade touring the globe had begun.  Maxi quickly forged a reputation as a charismatic and engaging front man, sold out shows all over the world followed and an important (and enduring) bond with his fans was created.

During all this life changing mayhem, Maxi endeavoured to keep his hand in with some other passions, motor racing, dj’ing and… playing guitar.  As Faithless marched on he found himself composing songs on his guitar and, as the stockpile grew, a brand new musical avenue presented itself.  In 2014, Maxi founded his own band, “The E-Type Boys”, recording the album “Simple.. Not Easy” to critical acclaim and touring 2015-17 supporting Faithless and UB40. Maxi still loves to dj and divides his time between that and his beloved new band as best he can.  As ever, never resting on his laurels but moving forward, clear eyed and smiling.

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