Kim Ann Foxman is the supremely talented Hercules and Love Affair frontwoman and DJ turned solo artist with a style inspired sound that oozes 90s New York street chic.
Having started her record collection at the age of eighteen, Kim has been carefully guided and mentored along the learning curve by the music capabilities of house legend and founder of Hercules and Love Affair, Andrew Butler. First meeting by chance through roommates, the two went on to become close friends, musing off each other’s musical influences and passion for undiscovered tracks. Kim fondly remembers their early days record hunting before Andrew recruited her to into ‘The Affair’, “I used to go digging for records in crazy stores in Greenpoint with Andrew; he taught me to really dig and just pick stuff up that I wouldn’t normally, as opposed to choosing from the way something looked or the names I might already know. That’s how I discovered a lot of cool new tracks that other people didn’t have.”
After moving from her spiritual home of San Francisco to New York, Kim became frustrated with the lack of decent house music on the rave scene and took matters into her own hands. Coaxed out of her shell by Andrew’s quiet confidence in her outstanding abilities, Kim gradually “grew some balls” and started to sing publicly. Whilst she focused on the now internationally critically acclaimed Hercules and Love Affair and her solo projects released through Andrews Butler’s label Mr International, Kim put her cult gay New York club night on hold, but has big plans to bring it back. Establishing the night whilst working as bar tender at alt-dive bar ‘The Hole’, Kim found her feet in New York by chance. Hosting her haphazardly organised party at the underground venue every Friday night, Kim hosted raucous events, not charging for drinks and encouraging nudity and graffiti to become commonplace. Vibing off her crowd’s energy, Kim describes DJ’ing as the best job in the world, loving the intensity of the rave scenes in cities such as Berlin, London and San Fran.
Following the sell-out success of Kim’s debut accessories line, previously stocked in Opening Ceremony and New York fashion store Oak, the multi-talented songstress is currently designing a second metal based jewellery collection. Describing her aesthetic as “a gay boy style” Kim’s impeccable dress sense is inspired by the people around her, her early 90s music references and the cult trends BOY London brought to the street.
i-D Online chatted with the quiffed beauty about tattoos, music and life.
Listen to Kim’s debut single Creature here