Kim Ann Foxman Is a Goddess Among Men

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The New York Times called Hercules and Love Affair

"alt-disco" and Pitchfork Media wrote the band has "some of the

best new music going around." If the mainstream media and snobby music

blogs agree, there has to be something to this band — and there is. One of

H&LA’s key members is out lesbian Kim Ann Foxman, who sings and spins on

some of the best tracks on their debut self-titled album.

Foxman finds her groove

alongside band members Andy Butler, Nomi and special guest star Antony (of Antony

and the Johnsons), and her contributions make the album rich with feminine

vocals, offsetting and at the same time complementing her partner’s falsettos.

Butler is admittedly the ringleader of the

band, as he started to create the songs for the studio album on his own before

bringing in Foxman to be "the guinea pig," as she put it. The two had

been friends for several years and met in the club scene; Foxman has been into

"club culture" for a long time.

"It was my passion," she told AfterEllen.com via email

while on tour in Europe. "I was into the

rave scene in San Francisco

[and] while I was there, I was in an indie electronic band called Toobit. When

I moved to [New York],

I started DJing out. I play dance music: a lot of classic house, techno, acid

and disco."

All of these influences can be found on the H&LA album,

which came out on both DFA and Mute Records. Originally intended to be a fun

studio project, it has since grown into something much bigger for all involved.

Kim Ann Foxman (left) with Andy Butler

"I wasn’t involved in songwriting process," Foxman

wrote. "I was around for the growth of the songs though — ­just naturally

because I’m always hanging with Andy while he is working. It was always fun for

me. He’s one of my best friends."

Foxman and Butler are New

Yorkers who used to DJ parties together, including a night at the now-defunct Brooklyn gay club The Hole.

"We used to hang out and work on silly songs together

for our party," she recalled. "That started our working relationship.

It was our idea of fun."

Besides her DJing duties, Foxman was — and still is — a

jeweler who sells her sterling silver and gold items to select boutiques in New York, San Francisco

and Miami. She

describes her style as "classic aesthetic things, antique things, timeless

things, unisex things." But "music comes first right now. … My life

as a jeweler I’m happy with the way it is. It’s how I’ve always wanted

it."

She also seems happy with how her music career is going,

even in its early stages. The band’s debut was just released at the end of

June, but the buzz about Hercules and Love Affair has been mounting since the

spring, when the band’s first single, "Blind," was released.

A subsequent video release has given Foxman and her

bandmates even more exposure, especially since the vocals on the track are from

Antony Hegarty, a transgender indie performer whose 2005 album I Am a Bird Now was a huge critical

success. He has since worked with Lou Reed, CocoRosie, Joan as Police Woman and

Rufus Wainwright.

Hercules and Love Affair’s next single will be the

Foxman-sung tune, "Athene"; they are also shooting a video for the

song. "I’m excited to start" filming the video, she reported.

"That will be fun!"

Her enthusiasm carries over into their current first-ever

tour, which is in Europe through July.

According to Foxman: "Touring is amazing and of course at times

exhausting, but I really love it. I get to travel to places I’ve never been and

it’s very rewarding to feel like you made people happy, and see them singing

along. It’s all new to me, so it’s so exciting and we are learning so much with

every show, and getting tighter and tighter. The personal growth as a band

feels so good."

 

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