Jana Hunter

Jana Hunter is a Baltimore-based songwriter and musician. He has stated that the characters in his songs are all genderless.[3]

Jana Hunter
Jana Hunter by Bryan Bruchman - 2010.jpg
Jana at a 2010 performance in Maine with his band, Lower Dens
Place of birth Houston, Texas, USA
Nationality American
Pronouns he/him[1]
Gender identity genderfluid[2]
Occupation musician


"I insisted on being referred to and treated as and being a boy at my Christian preschool, at our church, around our populous extended family, and in every public arena. What made it worse for my parents was that I did look and act like a boy and many people assumed I was a boy and were just confused about why I was announcing it until they figured it out and then they immediately let my parents know exactly what they thought of them with a pair of razor sharp dagger eyes. I am quite certain it was awful for my parents."[4]

"Gender isn't clear cut for me, and now I accept that. I did at one time identify as a boy. I sometimes, but rarely, identify as a woman. Mostly I don’t think about it. I don't feel tied to gender. 'Genderfluid' is the closest I can get to identification. I like the word trans, in its all-inclusive definition."[4]

"It's very difficult to process discrimination towards oneself and at the same time, it can be difficult, even in the face of it, to recognize it as such. Like, is somebody staring at me because I have something leaking out of a hole in my face, or is somebody staring at me because they can't identify a gender in me and that makes them uncomfortable? I don't know, and part of me wishes that I did't even wonder. And that's about as far as I get with it these days. I don’t ask or confront. I just have other things I'm interested in doing besides that. It takes a lot of energy. It’s too exhausting to confront."[5]



  • Escape from Evil (with Lower Dens) (Ribbon Music) March 31, 2015
  • Nootropics (with Lower Dens) (Ribbon Music) May 1, 2012
  • Twin-Hand Movement (with Lower Dens) (Gnomonsong) July 20, 2010
  • Carrion EP CD (Gnomonsong) September 18, 2007
  • Carrion EP LP (Woodsist) September 2007
  • There's No Home CD/LP (Gnomonsong) April 7, 2007
  • Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom CD (Gnomonsong) October 4, 2005[10][11]
  • Jana Hunter / Devendra Banhart LP (split with Devendra Banhart) (Troubleman Unlimited) 2005
  • JH CD-R (self-released) 2004
  • JH CD-R (self-released) 2003

Compilation appearancesEdit

  • The Enlightened Family CD (Voodoo-EROS), 2005
  • The Black and White Skins CD (Les Disques du Crépuscule), 2005
  • The Golden Apples of the Sun CD (Bastet), 2004


  1. Williams, Nick (16 August 2019). "Listen to Trans Singer-Songwriter Jana Hunter of Lower Dens' Summer of Pride Mix: 'There Is a Place Here, Even For You'". Billboard. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  2. Hunter, Jana (10 April 2015). "What It's Like to Be a Female Musician When You Don't Identify as a Woman". Cosmopolitan. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  3. Mason, Amelia (11 June 2015). "Jana Hunter Of Lower Dens Embraces Synth-Pop, Self-Expression". WBUR. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hunter, Jana (1 July 2014). "ON PRIDE (and gender)". LOWER DENS. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  5. Weiss, Suzannah (20 February 2017). "ARTIST INTERVIEW: Jana Hunter". Audiofemme. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
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