Faithless receive Heritage Award today

Sister Bliss and Maxi JazzSister Bliss and Maxi Jazz from Faithless were honoured with a PRS for Music Heritage Award this morning, marking their very first gig at the Jazz Café in Camden.

The red and black plaque was unveiled in front of the group, media, local government and key music industry figures and followed by an exclusive DJ set by Maxi Jazz inside the venue.

Faithless, fronted by the iconic Sister Bliss and Maxi Jazz, were one of the UK’s most successful and influential dance-music acts, producing two UK #1 albums, six UK top 10 singles, achieving over 15 million global sales.

The pair, together with integral member Rollo, played their first ever gig at the Camden venue in 1996. Prior to that, they were an underground electronic studio project.

Mark Lawrence, Director of Membership and Rights, PRS for Music, said: ‘The band were talented risk takers who pushed boundaries and touched a generation’.

PRS for Music deputy chairman Paulette Long, who also attended the event, said: ‘We are indebted to venues like the Jazz Café; they gave Faithless, and artists like them, the chance to perform when they were just a small note on the musical scale of greatness.’

Later, during the press conference, Maxi Jazz talked about what it takes to make it in the industry, offering the advice: ‘Go to your own business meetings; make up your mind up about what you want out of your own contract.

‘Don’t be looking at just making the music, have your business head on too. And absolutely do not stop under any circumstances.’

PRS for Music established the Heritage Award scheme in 2009 to recognise important live music venues where iconic bands and artists played their first gigs. Previous awardees include Blur, Elton John, Soul II Soul, UB40, Snow Patrol, Faithless, James and Jethro Tull.

Coming soon on M online… we’ll be posting an exclusive interview with Maxi Jazz and Sister Bliss, and bring you highlights of the press conference.

 Photo: Warren King