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.
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."
Samson is a co-founder of the performance art group "Dykes Can Dance." 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. 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.
- ↑ Sampson, JD. "Herstory". http://www.letigreworld.com/sweepstakes/html_site/fact/jdfacts.html. Retrieved 2007-08-28. .
- ↑ Sanneh, Kelefa (2004-11-03). "Singing of Love, No Room for Whimsy". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/03/arts/music/03tigr.html. Retrieved 2007-08-28. .
- ↑ Liss, Sarah (2002-08-22). "Punky Sample Fiends Boogie to the Revolutionary Beat". NOW Toronto. http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2002-08-22/cover_story.php. Retrieved 2007-08-28. .
- ↑ "Men on MySpace Music". http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=166992000. Retrieved 2009-01-31.
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