Maxi founded The Soul Food Cafe System as a DJ in 1984, having discovered hip-hop a year earlier. This sound came to the pirate radio station LWR in 1987.
In 1989 The Soul Food Cafe Band and the album Soul Food Café was recorded. Maxi founded Namu Records in 1992 in order to release the band's material in the form of three E.P's and the band toured as a support act to various artists, including Jamiroquai, Soul II Soul, Galliano and Jason Rebello. After the band dissolved, Maxi worked throughout Europe, and took time out to collaborate with other artists.
Maxi met Rollo Armstrong and Sister Bliss in a studio and went on to form Faithless . Best known for their anthems like We Come 1, God Is A Dj and in particular, Insomnia, their live shows have been renowned round the world for their impact.
Faithless have released five albums of their own work, the first four gaining successively higher positions on the album charts. The albums are called Reverence (which reached number 26), Sunday 8PM (reaching number 10), Outrospective (peaking at number 4) and No Roots (which debuted at number 1) between 1996 and 2004, with a greatest hits album out in 2005. In light of their dance roots, each of the four studio albums has been followed with a subsequent bonus disc of remixes. Their fifth album, To All New Arrivals , was released in 2006.
Reverence (April 1996)
Reverence/Irreverance (November 1996)
Sunday 8PM (18 September 1998)
Sunday 8PM / Saturday 3AM (25 October 1999)
Outrospective (18 June 2001)
Outrospective / Reperspective (26 August 2002)
No Roots (7 June 2004)
Everything Will Be Alright Tomorrow (31 August 2004)
Forever Faithless - The Greatest Hits (16 May 2005)
To All New Arrivals (27 November 2006)
The Dance (16 May 2010)
The Dance Never Ends (1 Novemeber 2010)
As a Soka Gakkai Buddhist, Maxi's strong beliefs and the band's own strong individual beliefs, contrast with the name Faithless , which was chosen during the writing of the song Salva Mea. Rollo had asked Maxi to write a song about frustration, which was something to which Maxi could relate from his own experiences. The subject matter of Maxi's lyrics range from upbeat to melancholic. His work covers a range of personal and social issues, including current affairs and social commentary.
What's a little less well known I'd venture, is Maxi's passion for motorsport. A confirmed petrolhead, he acquired his competition licence at the end of 1999 and spent the following year (an agreed year off from touring) competing in the Ford Fiesta championship and this with absolutely no previous motorsport experience save some go-karting duels with friends. Maxi finished 14th in the championship that year (from 23) and returned to the tourbus with an addiction for racing already well established. Six years of hard work later and Maxi has another year off and immediately buys a Porsche 997 race car and enters the Carrera Cup GB! He plans to race the championship for three seasons at least, with a view to acquiring enough speed in the car to realistically challenge for honours in the Supercup and, naturally, Le Mans. Maxi has been neglecting the music industry and applying himself to such a degree that at Thruxton, the most daunting circuit in the UK, he managed two strong finishes, including a top ten and was awarded 'Driver Of The Weekend' for his consistent pace. Faithless fans can certainly expect more amazing performances from the band, but if you want to see Maxi performing anytime soon... you'd better get to the track when the BTCC rolls into town to cheer on the silver/red number 48 Porsche of Maxi Jazz. Racer.