Faithless Describes Its Unique Techno-Trance Sound

After scoring a dance club hit last year with "Insomnia," the first stateside single from Faithless' debut album, "Reverence," the British electronic outfit has quickly emerged as one of the most popular acts on the techno scene.

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, for one, raved about the group and "Reverence" during the MTV Europe Music Awards last Thursday, where he cited Faithless as his current favorite band.

Shortly before Faithless attended the 1998 EMAs, the group was in New York City to perform at the 1998 CMJ MusicFest, and discussed the band's unique mix of trance-ish jazz and orchestrated beats, the sound of which is on display in Faithless' new video, "God Is a DJ."

"I think Faithless' sound is unique," keyboardist Sister Bliss said, "it's definitely based in dance music, in electronic music, but it also definitely draws from traditional songwriting skills. We like anything

that's very emotional. I'm a classically trained pianist, so I tend to like grand chords that kind of sweep you off your feet."

"So, if you can imagine that all muddled up together," she continued, "with Maxi's definitive hip-hop influence [pushing it] over the top, you get the Faithless sound, which I think is nothing like you've ever heard before." [28.8 RealVideo]

Faithless is presently in the middle of a European tour that will continue until the end of the year. No word yet on when the band might return to the U.S., but we'll keep you posted.