JD Samson performing with MEN at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, B.C.
|Birth name||Jocelyn Samson|
4 August 1978 |
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
|Associated acts||Le Tigre
The New England Roses
JD Samson (born August 4, 1978, Cleveland, Ohio) is the stage name of Jocelyn Samson, a member of the feminist electropunk band Le Tigre. Samson grew up in the affluent Cleveland suburb of Pepper Pike, Ohio and attended Orange High School. She came out as a lesbian at age 15. Samson 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 sexuality 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.
- Sampson, JD. "Herstory". Retrieved 2007-08-28..
- Sanneh, Kelefa (2004-11-03). "Singing of Love, No Room for Whimsy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-08-28..
- Liss, Sarah (2002-08-22). "Punky Sample Fiends Boogie to the Revolutionary Beat". NOW Toronto. Retrieved 2007-08-28..
- "Men on MySpace Music". Retrieved 2009-01-31.
- Official website of MEN.
- Official website for Le Tigre World.
- DJ JD Samson on Myspace.
- Le Tigre on Myspace.
- Sanneh, Kelefa (2004-11-03). "Singing of Love, No Room for Whimsy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2005-12-15.
- PUNKCAST#1132 includes short video clip of DJ JD Samson @ Studio B, Brooklyn, Apr 5 2007. (RealPlayer, mp4)
- JD Samson and Emily Roysden interview each other ANP Quarterly Vol.1 #5
- JD Samson wrote a piece about career issues for musicians for the Huffington Post October 5, 2011
- JD Samson and Michael O'Neill interviewed about MEN on Buzzine October 28, 2011
- Interview with JD by iO Tillet Wright in T Magazine April 11, 2012