A lifelong raver and DJ answers her true calling.
Kim Ann Foxman's long-term relationship with dance music began in the '90s, when she was a teenager growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii. She spent formative years engrossed in the last gasp of San Francisco's freewheeling rave scene before it was extinguished by the startup boom in the 2000s. But when she followed love to New York City in 2002, she found a club scene in retreat as electroclash and dance-rock defined the cultural moment. Since the music she wanted to hear no longer had a home in New York, she founded her own debaucherous lesbian and queer club night at an infamous East Village spot called the Hole, where she served as a resident DJ. So did her friend Andy Butler, who drafted her as the lead vocalist for his popular band, Hercules And Love Affair. Although Foxman had always DJ'd, the affiliation with the band and the associated scene was hard to shake after she left to start her career as a solo producer and DJ.
By now it's safe to say that Foxman is known as an artist in her own right. She still lives in New York City, where she occupies a converted fire station that became the namesake for her record label, Firehouse. It's also the name of her monthly residency at the Brooklyn nightclub Good Room, which has become one of her main commitments in the local scene alongside her program on The Lot Radio and her new collaborative project, Pleasure Planet, which appears on her new sub-label, Self-Timer. She came by RA's Berlin office to talk to Elissa Stolman about her journey and how she became known for her true self: a deeply knowledgeable and extremely fun producer and selector.
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