Our latest excerpt from Sound Travels: DJs in Transit, Berlin 2012-2017, a collaboration between Berlin’s iconic techno club Watergate, the Cosmo Hotel, and Linus Dessecker, poses seven travel-related questions to Kim Ann Foxman, the Hercules & Love Affair vocalist and a key figure in New York’s house and techno scene. Born in Hawaii, Kim Ann Foxman now tours the world regularly playing top gigs and festivals. In addition to her prolific career as a DJ and producer, Foxman is a natural trendsetter who has represented brands like Gucci, Dior Homme, Prada, and Adidas.
Q: Approximately how many gigs do you play a year?
I’m not sure how often I play but it’s rare if I have a weekend off. And in summer time it’s extra slamming, because its high season for the industry. Sometimes we even do more than one gig in a day because of the festival season.
Q: How many flights do you need to take for your annual bookings?
I take a minimum of four fights per weekend but sometimes more, depending on how packed the weekend is and how hard it is to get to the destination.
Q: What equipment do you typically use? What do you pack?
I just bring my headphones and music.
Q: What does traveling mean to you? Are you still able to enjoy it?
I do still enjoy traveling, although it can be really exhausting and I don’t get too much time in each place. But I get to make friends in so many places and also appreciate other cultures as well, and food. Traveling is good for people: it keeps them openminded and it can be healing, inspiring. I think everyone should get some traveling done.
Q: What do you miss most when you’re on the road?
I miss my partner and friends, home-cooked meals, my bed, my house, my studio, and just walking around the city.
Q: What’s the best, weirdest, or craziest situation you’ve experienced on your journeys so far?
A girl bit my ankles once while I was DJing—that was pretty weird.
Q: How do you keep your life balanced?
I try to eat pretty healthy and not travel hungover, and I try to get sleep where I can.