JD Samson was born August 4, 1978, in Cleveland, OH, under the name is of Jocelyn Samson. She dresses in an androgynous way and has become synonomous with Kathleen Hanna’s feminist electropunk band Le Tigre. Growing up in Cleveland’s suburb Pepper Pike, Ohio and attended Orange High School, she came out as a lesbian at 15 years old. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY in ’00 with a degree in film.
Samson joined Le Tigre after college, as a replacement for Sadie Benning. She had previously worked as the band’s projectionist. Associated with The New England Roses, Dykes Can Dance, Peaches’ live band, The Herms with Radio Sloan and Samantha Maloney. In 2006, Samson worked with Junior Senior for their song “Can I Get Get Get”.
JD was in LT’s “Viz,” which portrays her experiences as a member of a sexual minority. And in 2004, New York Times music writer Kelefa Sanneh made a reference about her, by sating she was “an icon of nerdy cool.”
JD Samson is available for corporate events, private shows, milestone celebrations (birthday, anniversary), fundraisers, festivals, and more.