Kim Anh: The ‘Ransom Note’ Mix
Kim Anh has long graduated to Club Queen status in both her NYC home and adopted digs of Los Angeles.
With a decade in the music game, the DJ, producer and singer-songwriter is at the forefront of the queer club scene in the city.
A deep rooted love of classic old school house, acid and disco is what motivates her musical ventures, be that behind the decks or in the studio. So far her productions have been housed on a slew of acclaimed labels including Deejay Gigolo Records, Robert Johnson Live, EMI and her own Can U Not Talk imprint: a space for her own recordings and collaborations.
When she’s not producing or slaying it on vocals, you can find her holding down residencies and hosting events in NYC and LA at the likes of Booby Trap!, YOWSAH and underground party Tendencies.
Her latest musical outing After The Dark came out in January and she’s now gearing up for the release of an accompanying remix EP. So before that drops we got her to serve up a slice of the diva-soaked house and acid sounds she’s become synonymous with as part of our Ransom Note Mix series…
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
My name is Kim Anh Jiménez but most know me as just Kim Anh. I’m a postdoctoral level club kid living between the West Village and New York’s Catskills. I write and record electronic music for all occasions.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
Where was the mix recorded?
In my studio facing the north side of a mountain
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Alone or with friends… when you want to feel connected to your body.
What should we be wearing?
Anything that makes you feel irresistible. Or hardly anything at all.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
HiFi analog all the way, outside in the sun with people all around.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
House of Virgo
What’s your favourite recorded set of all time?
That’s really hard to say! I think Andrew Weatherall @ The Hacienda in July of 1993 is way up there. This set really influenced how I play my late-night sets. It’s spacey, it’s groovy and it is like a time capsule for dance music history.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Larry Levan. His life was too short and I feel as though we would be completely in sync the entire time.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
My very first DJ setup was 1 Technic 1200 that I used to mix against the radio. I couldn’t afford another turntable for a couple years to come. Now I have two pairs of vintage JBL monitors. One set of 12” and two smaller bookshelf speakers both made in the 1970s. The monitors run through a Pioneer SA-7500 II amplifier. I have the same Technic turntables I’ve had since day 1 accompanied by Pioneer CDJs and mixer.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
The end, it is something to savor. It makes the listener wonder “do I want to take the journey again from the start?”
What were the first and last records you bought?
I’m not sure which was the first record I bought but I’m sure it was on Strictly Rhythm.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Sweat and a touch of stardust
If it was an animal what would it be?
Something with claws
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
I’m not really sure… maybe Connie Case “Get Down,” I only ever play my own edit.
Upcoming in the world of … Anything else we need to discuss?
I’m tying up the remix package for “After Dark” that will be released on Can U Not Talk. It will be the label’s first vinyl release which is super exciting and a real learning experience for me. There are remixes from Massimiliano Pagliara, Alinka and Chris Cruse among others. I hope to be back in Europe & UK this summer for the first time again since the pandemic – looking forward to hugging and kissing everyone!