Short bio

JD Samson is best known as leader of the band MEN and for being one-third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project, Le Tigre. For more than a decade JD's career as a visual artist, musician, producer and DJ has landed her at the intersection of the music, art, activism, and fashion. During that time she has toured the world, produced songs for Grammy award winning artists, written for publications such as Huffington Post, Talkhouse, and Creative Time Review, created multi-media artwork, hosted documentary programs, acted, modeled, and engaged in direct support with a wide-range of progressive social and political causes. JD is now an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

MUSIC PROJECTS

  • LE TIGRE- Member/ Composer/ Performer/ Producer 2000-2005

    • Performances at Montreaux Jazz Festival, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Big Day Out, Coachella

  • MEN- Member/ Composer / Performer/ Producer (2007-2013)

    • Performances at Coachella, Melt Festival, SF MOMA, The New Museum, Ballroom Marfa, Vienna Bienalle

  • PEACHES- Live Band Member and Music Director (2006-2007)

    • Performances at Art Basel, Coachella, Big Day Out, Winter Music Conference

  • SHARER- Member/ Composer and Producer (With Nick of Young N' Sick)

  • CRICKETS- Member/ Composer/ Performer/ Producer 2017-Present)

    • Performance at The Kitchen June 2018, Basilica Soundscape September 2019

  • NEW ENGLAND ROSES- Member/ Composer / Performer / Producer

    Co-writes

  • CHRISTINA AGUILERA - Composer/ Performer/ Producer on "My Girls" (2010)

  • COBRA STARSHIP - Composer “Schwick” (2011)

  • YUKSEK- Composer/ Performer “Peter Pan”, “Don’t Even Try” (2018)

  • PUSSY RIOT- Composer/ Producer (2015)

  • THE AIKIU- Composer/ Performer “Win” (2013)

    SCORING

  • TENDER BUTTONS- Composer/ Producer/ Performer with choreographer, Julie Cunningham (Art Night London 2019)

  • GAY ZELIG- Composer/ Producer/ Performer with Filmmaker, Sam Green (Whitney Biennial 2019)

  • REVERSE TO REVERANCE- Composer/ Producer with choreographer, Vanessa Anspaugh (Hessel Museum 2013)

  • HYPE AND INFLUENCE - Composer/ Producer for Viacom series about Drag (2018)

  • RADIOTOPIA- Ad Music Composer/ Producer (2017)

  • PEABODY AND SHERMAN - Composer/ Producer/ Performer (Season 3 Episode 11) (2016)

  • QUEEN BEE IS STINGING MAD - Composer/ Producer with Artist Liss Lafleur (2019)

  • BALLEZ- "Sleeping Beauty & the Beast,"- Composer/ Producer with choreographer, Katy Pyle (La Mama Theater 2016)

multimedia performance events

  • Museo Tamayo- MEN Performance with painter, Celeste Dupuy Spencer and Local Female Percussionists (2010)

  • SF MOMA- MEN Performance with painter, Celeste Dupuy Spencer, and ASL interpreter, Jennie Batchelder- (2010)

  • New Museum - MEN performance (2009)

  • Brooklyn Museum- MEN Performance (2011, 2014)

  • Creative Time and New York Public Library Present: In Situ- JD Samson Performance Featuring Xoir and LES Girls Club (2017)

  • Outsider Festival- E L E M E N T S- with Drew Denny (2015-16)

  • Ballroom Marfa- MEN with Drilling Rocks (2017)

  • Wack! MOCA Los Angeles - (2008)

VISUAL ART PROJECTS

  • Residency at Headlands Center for the Arts- Visual art and Sound (2015)

  • Residency at Northampton Peach House- Sculpture, Sound, and Performance (2017)

  • Residency at Obracadobra in Oaxaca, Mexico- STONED WITH CANTERA (2018)

  • STONED- Multimedia Sculpture/Video/Photo/Book Project (2017)

    • Showed at Angels Gate Art Center in 2017, Creative Time/New York Public Library in 2017, ‘Cast of Characters’ at The Center in NYC 2018, Ballroom Marfa in 2017, and SVA Flatiron Space in 2019

  • JD's Lesbian Calendar 2003- Art Book

    • Opening at Kathleen Hanna's Spring St. Gallery, sold worldwide

  • JD'S Lesbian Utopia 2006 - Art Book

    • Opening at Deitch Projects, sold worldwide

  • E L E M E N T S- with Drew Denny- Video/Sound/Sculpture Installation (2015-2016)

    • Shown at MIXNYC, HOLD UP, Outsider Festival and Angels Gate Arts Center

  • Joint Collaboration- Design Project with Lauryn Siegel (2018)

ACTING/Hosting

  • RUSSIAN DOLL - Netflix Series (2018) Actor

  • ODD MOM OUT- (2017) Actor

  • CECILE ON THE PHONE- Short Directed by Annabelle Dexter-Jones (2016) Actor

  • LAST LESBIAN BARS- Vice (2015) Host

  • MARGARET CHO INTERVIEW- Vice (2015) Host

  • KATE NASH INTERVIEW- Vice (2015) Host

  • WIFEY- Vice for Go90 (2016) Host

  • MEDEA- Ursula Mayer (2013) Leading Actor

  • SHORTBUS- John Cameron Mitchell (2006) Actor

MODELING

  • VOGUE HOMME

  • OAK

  • CANDY

  • I.D.

  • DIESEL

  • OPENING CEREMONY

  • PUR-SUIT by Naima Green

dj curation

  • PAT- Free Monthly Queer House/Disco party at Union Pool in Brooklyn (2013-Present)

  • SCISSOR SUNDAYS- Free Weekly Queer Party on Sunday Afternoons at the Rusty Knot in the West Village of Manhattan (2012-2016)

  • ACE Hotel - New York City DJ Curator- (2015-2016)

  • EVERYONE- (Pan-Property party at the Ace Hotel for Pride. London, Palm Springs, LA, NYC) (2014)

  • U.N.I.T.Y- (90's dance party at HUGS in Brooklyn with Lauren Flax) (2007-8)

writing

  • Creative Time Reports- "We’re Here, We’re Qwerty, and I’m Not Sure I Want to Get Used To It"

  • Huffington Post- "I Love My Job But it Made me Poorer"

  • Talkhouse- Music reviews for Tuneyards, CocoRosie, The Go! Team, Enya, Bat For Lashes, and Tensnake

  • The Pit- untitled experimental memoir currently in the works.

Lectures and talks

  • Assistant Arts Professor at NYU Tisch Clive Davis School of Recorded Music (2016-Present)

  • We Make Waves Festival- Berlin (2017)

  • Women of Letters- Three Different Readings (2014-2017)

  • Artists with a Conscience Conference- Amherst College Lecture and Performance (2016)

  • Face The Music (Melbourne)- "The Cost of a Token" (Music Industry Version) (2015)

  • TED X (CLE)- "The Cost of a Token" Lecture (2014)

  • Bard College- "Working Hard Isn't Hardly Working" (2013)

  • NYU- "JD Samson is Ugly and Has a Moustache" (2008)

"ATLAS CHAIR" LABEL RELEASES

  • The Aikiu (With Sony France)

  • Avan Lava

  • Baby Alpaca

  • Bianca Casady & C.i.A (With Fantasyrecords)

  • bottoms

  • Claude Violante (With Tsunami Addiction)

  • Kitten Forever

  • LEFTI

  • Julie Hanse

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JD Samson Bio

JD Samson has proven herself to be one of NYC’s most enduring creative forces. Since first capturing the public’s attention in the early 2000’s as a member of the pioneering feminist electro-pop band Le Tigre (Universal), Samson has gone on to work in almost every conceivable medium. A formidable songwriter, producer, visual artist and internationally renowned DJ, Samson has amassed a body of work that not only spans a variety of fields—everything from pop music and fine art to curatorial work, political activism, and fashion—but has also helped galvanize NYC’s LGBT community. She has been photographed and featured everywhere from Interview to Vogue Homme and has written for the likes of the Huffington Post, Women of Letters, TalkHouse and CreativeTime Reports. A valiant supporter of LGBT issues, Samson has provided a glowing example for the lesbian and gender-queer communities— lending her voice, her music, and her image whenever necessary. After Le Tigre’s split in the mid-2000s, Samson created a Production team called MEN, which eventually morphed into a full-scale band releasing two albums, 2011’s Talk About Body (IAMSOUND) and Labor (Self-Released) in 2013. In between global tours with MEN, JD had stints on the road as Peaches' music director, and solo gigs as an incredibly in-demand DJ. Samson also began writing and producing behind the scenes for other artists, including Christina Aguilera, Cobra Starship, Yuksek, and Pussy Riot with her publishing deal at Universal Records. For Samson, who is equally at home writing music for major label artists and playing music at a queer house party in a Bushwick basement, the ability to follow her artistic impulses wherever they lead her has proven to be a recipe for success and diversification. This same expressive openness has also led to a series of art-based projects, including collaborations with the likes of photographer Cass Bird, filmmakers Ursula Mayer and Sam Green, choreographers Vanessa Anspaugh, Katy Pyle, and Julie Cunningham and shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, NYC’s New Museum, The Whitney Biennial, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City - among others. Samson showed her sculpture work, STONED, at the Angels Gate Cultural Center, The LGBT Center in Manhattan, and SVA as well as performed pieces inspired by that work for the New York Public Library/ Creative Time, Ballroom Marfa, and The Flywheel in Easthampton Massachusetts. In addition to her own creative endeavors, Samson co-founded and co-runs Atlas Chair, a record label aimed at serving as an incubator for emerging artists and curates a monthly celebration of Queer House and Disco DJ’s called PAT. Samson is currently living in Brooklyn and teaching at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU, focusing on supporting students to engage in experiments with sound and performance at a conceptual level. She is working on an experimental memoir about her own toxic masculinity.

-T Cole Rachel