LCD Soundsystem’s longtime synth player and technician, Gavin Russom, has come out as a transgender woman.
In an interview with Pitchfork, Russom said, “Over the last year and a half, I went from my trans identity being something I was in touch with and worked through in one way or another, to suddenly this shift w it’s on the front burner. Now it’s time to become a whole person.”
Russom officially joined LCD Soundsystem while the band was recording their 2010 LP This Is Happening, though she’s been a fixture on James Murphy’s DFA label for years both as a musician and technician, creating an array of custom analog synthesizers.
Russom will DJ publicly for the first time as a trans woman at the Femme’s Room party July 13th at Chicago’s Berlin nightclub.
Russom, who is 43, said she had tried to make her trans identity known at various points in her life, but it wasn’t until after LCD Soundsystem’s 2016 comeback tour that she found the time to focus on self-care.
Even as she began transitioning, Russom said she found herself grappling with her own internalized transphobia.
Russom also spoke about reaching the point w she’s comfortable seeking support and then finding it through various groups in New York City.
“The major experience has been one of things falling into place; things that maybe seemed incongruous about my life,” Russom said.
Russom and LCD Soundsystem will spend much of the fall touring in support of their new album, American Dream, which arrives September 1st and marks their first since This Is Happening.