All of us should abide by the one golden rule Lucas Nathan goes by: do not allow self doubt to emerge. Don’t even give the opportunity for it to because it would soon be kicked out. Under the musical moniker Jerry Paper, the love yourself philosophy is channeled into their upcoming album Free Time. Surrounded by synth-pop, weird-rock, Free Time is an expression of freedom on Nathan’s journey to self-discovery as a nonbinary artist.
Today Jerry Paper has released the video accompanying the single “Kno Me.” Nathan says: “I wrote ‘Kno Me’ while reflecting on what it means to know yourself, and how that comes up against being misunderstood by the world. I have felt so much desire to be known and understood by people I’m close to (and, foolishly, strangers!) that I have wasted plenty of time losing sight of myself in the process. Coming out as nonbinary was a huge way for me to know myself deeply, and paradoxically something about sharing that with the world made me care less about how people see me. I have a much more comprehensive understanding of myself and nothing can take that away from me. The imagery in the song comes from the first day I decided to wear a dress outside while running errands. I kept repeating “fuck you, you don’t know me” in my head whenever I saw anybody as a way to center myself. Soon I realized most people didn’t care at all or weren’t paying attention to me so it made me laugh and also feel really good and free!”
Jerry Paper is set to tour the US this summer, kicking off in June with the first stop in June.
Photo Courtesy: Alan Resnick and James Trevor