Maxi Jazz interview

The 53-year-old frontman of Brit dance act Faithless is coming to Dubai


You were last in Dubai in 2007, right?
Yes. I had two or three days left after our gig so I cruised around. It was interesting speaking to expats from Britain. I’d ask them, “How long have you been out here?” And they’d say, “I came out about five years ago on a three-month contract, four years ago on a six-month contract…”’

Are you heading here straight from the UK?
No, we’re going to Geneva first to do a show there, then we’re going to do a little nine-day run around Europe. I think we’re going to Budapest, Belgrade, Eindhoven, Groningen and Brussels. And when we finish that we come home for about two hours. Then we set out to Dubai. Then one Glasgow show, two London shows and that’s it!

That’s the final tour you’re doing as a group. How did you come to that decision?
Rollo and I both agreed it is far better to leave when you’re on a high. It was the encores that made it clear for us. I’m with the opinion that you play every single song that you’ve rehearsed and then you go back and ask them which one they want to hear again. Now, if you play a set, and much less do an encore, half the audiences have left by the time you’re half way through your gig, which is not particularly successful. And the touring is really, really tough. We’ve been doing it for 15 years now, so we’re 15 years older than when we started and we weren’t spring chickens when we started.

What will you do next?
Hang out with my mum. We’ll be making more music. It won’t be like Faithless at all because the music that we used to make, we were the best in the world at it, and it’s done. The new stuff won’t be Faithless but it will still be recognisably us.

Is there anything else you’d like to try your hand at?
I’ve been playing guitar for 10 years and I’ve written a song that I really like. It’s about how to express that in a way that suits the time rather than just picking up an acoustic and singing it.

You’ll take some time?
I’ll take my time. You never know with these things: it might take years; it might be done in eight months.
Faithless play Sandance Beach on April 1.

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