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 singer, producer and DJ has landed her at the intersection of music, art, activism and fashion.
In 2007, MEN began as a DJ/remix/production team featuring JD. Eventually, MEN became a live band and art collective. MEN’s debut full length record “Talk About Body” was released in February 2011 by IAMSOUND in the USA and through Sony/Columbia in Europe. This was followed by their critically acclaimed second album “Labor” in October 2013. Since their inception, the band has toured extensively internationally from LA and New York to Moscow and Shanghai to Paris and Sydney, whether it be at museums or dance-clubs, performing with the likes of Gossip, Peaches, The Rapture and CSS.
While launching MEN, JD also began writing for and producing other artists. Her songwriting credits include artists such as Christina Aguilera, Cobra Starship, French producer Yuksek, and Parisian band The Aikiu.
JD has been DJing internationally since 2001 and has found her way through many different scenes and genres. Whether she is playing at a cavernous nightclub, a museum, the beach, or a dive bar, JD focuses on “creating spaces for rad people to dance and smile and hold each other.” JD is an innovative, crowd-pleasing DJ and can swing as many ways as she wants to make an amazing night.
Throughout the years, JD has been photographed and featured in a near-endless stream of magazines, publications, and fine art projects, as an androgynous sex symbol and “icon of nerdy-cool” (New York Times). Highlights include a seven page spread in Vogue Hommes International and a profile in Interview Magazine.
More recently JD has written for publications such as Huffington Post, Talkhouse and Creative Review; hosted documentaries for Vice’s Broadly channel focused on the disappearance of lesbian bars and the careers of Kate Nash and Margaret Cho; and started a collaborative dance project called SHARER. The first single “Body Tonight” was released in August 2015.
She is, in short, one of the most engaging and forward-thinking DJ/producer/singer/activists working today. As her influence continues to grow her music and perspective ripples ever outward.