JD Samson (born August 4, 1978, Cleveland, Ohio) is the stage name of the Jewish American Jocelyn Samson, a member of the feminist electropunk band Le Tigre. Samson grew up in the Cleveland suburb of Pepper Pike, Ohio and attended Orange High School. She came out as a lesbian at age 15. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2000 with a degree in film.[1]

Samson joined Le Tigre in 2000 as a replacement for Sadie Benning after working as the band's projectionist. She is also a member of the band The New England Roses and a member of electro-punk artist Peaches' live band, The Herms with Radio Sloan and Samantha Maloney. In 2006, Samson collaborated with Junior Senior on the song "Can I Get Get Get".

Samson's contributions to Le Tigre include the song "Viz," which deals with her experiences as a member of a sexual minority. In 2004, New York Times music writer Kelefa Sanneh called her "an icon of nerdy cool."[2]

Samson is a co-founder of the performance art group "Dykes Can Dance."[3] In 2003, she released 'JD's Lesbian Calendar', a collaboration with photographer Cass Bird, which was followed up in 2006 with 'JD's Lesbian Utopia,' a calendar documenting Samson's travels around the U.S. in an RV.

As of 2007, Samson is working with Le Tigre bandmate Johanna Fateman on a remix project titled MEN.[4] JD co-produced with Bitch the Ferron song, "In the Meantime" from the CD Boulder released in 2008.

Samson also appeared in John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus as "Jid", a patron of the Shortbus club.


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