Music connection organisation presents a global female DJ stars Heidi and Kim Ann Foxman supported by the locals Tijana T and Kristijan Molnar on the 16th of April at DEPO warehouse.
Last time we had an opportunity to hear these two ladies playing b2b DJ set was on Exit’s Dance arena. Maybe a reminder is due. Tickets can be purchased at all Eventimbox office as well as online at www.eventim.rs.
Kim Ann Foxman tends to be frustrated with the norm. “I sometimes get worried that there are no longer enough freaks in the world.’ she grumbles ‘I love Grace Jones because she has ‘balls’ and she’s the last alien on earth.” This adopted New Yorker is screaming for the dance industry to shake its style like Grace. “Her presence is so huge, any little thing she does, you can feel her each and every move.” And it is this sense of vitality that Foxman will expand in the next chapter of her remarkable career.
Foxman has now gone full circle. She’s stepped away from singing with New York’s neo-disco collective Hercules and Love Affair to return to her fundamental passions: rocking clubs as a DJ and producing raw electronic music. Channeling such a revived focus she’s also unleashing a brand new record label – Firehouse – in a promising collaboration with London based music and art label The Vinyl Factory.
“Early this year I ‘ve moved into an amazing space in Brooklyn, which is an old firehouse. It is my base. My friends come over and I have a studio there now. I find the name ‘Firehouse’ very telling . I want to represent New York, represent its flavour and be a part of the music history that is so abundant here.”
She’s on the lookout for the freshest tracks: “I will embrace music that I feel. It’s gotta have vibes! It’s gotta have passion! It’s gotta have heart!’ she announces with a smile.
From an early age Kim Ann found her sense of creativity jammed open: “My mom has a beautiful singing voice. Her family is from the Philippines and they are all very musical. So when I was six-years-old they built a stage in the basement so we could do a talent contest at family reunion. I remember my awesome transgendered uncles would perform a pageant in bathing suits with lip-syncing performances. My cousin would do a break dance, and I remember being so jealous because I wanted to break dance too. But instead I was forced to sing ‘The Greatest Love of All’ by Whitney Houston. Although I love that song it’s a really too big a song for a six-year-old to sing… in fact for anyone to sing!”
From then on her childhood was dotted with Latin freestyle music and afternoons in repetitive rewinding of cassettes pulsing with idols like Snap!, Shannon, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam and Technotronic. As a teenager she moved to San Francisco where she began collecting underground records, and she eventually found herself on stage hammering a sampler and singing in a two -men electronic band. In her 20s Kim moved to New York and evolved into a vinyl DJ with a deep respect for techno pioneers like Kevin Saunderson and underground House sounds of artists like Murk: “I grew up loving songs with drum machines, and that seems to have gotten my ears well tuned , she nods, ‘that was always my jam.”
Over the last two years she has been incubating and writing in seclusion. But having recently remixed (amongst others) the XX, and also collaborated with Maya Jane Coles, and Nick Anthony Simoncino’s alias Ron Jason, now seems to be the perfect time for Foxman to unfurl into her own space. “I’ve been having a lot of fun by making the production more about the process and events than ever before. I’ve not been afraid to get really weird and experimental which has made things really exciting, and it keeps things afresh. I’m creating my own samples and paying close attention to it, creating special moments, creating my own adventures ”