*written by artist and woman of the world STORRY as part of our series by artists writing about the things that matter to them. STORRY is a Toronto artist of Lebanese descent who discovered her passion for music as a toddler and never looked back. From receiving classical training in Montreal to now releasing her debut album, STORRY is an artist with a stunning, modern sound and a bright future. Check out her amazing new music video for her latest single “You don’t know me, (nah nah)”, dropping today. But before you do that, sit back, relax and learn about the many women that make up STORRY as she shares of herself, in her own words.
*photo by Patrick Hodgson
What’s in a name anyway?
It’s just a few consonants and vowels that someone else strings out and assigns to you forever. You have no say, and whether you like it or not, you must disclose it to everyone you meet. And if you don’t, you’re lying, right?
I’ve had 4 different names with 4 different personas all at the same damn time. No, I wasn’t a spy (though that would be super cool). And surprisingly, I never quite got confused between who I was that hour. Sometimes it would take me an extra 2 seconds to say my name and decide which character I was highlighting that evening… but no one ever picked up on that hiccup. But the thing is, I don’t see myself as a liar. In fact, I’m a pretty transparent human being. I know that I have different layers, different parts of me, that the world might not perceive as coexisting – so I make it easier on the world by giving them a persona they can label clearly. Someone they can put in a box and assess. It also gives me a great deal of pleasure knowing that no matter what anyone thinks of me, they don’t know the full, true me. And since they don’t know all of me, their judgement doesn’t matter. If someone actually knew the entire me and thought poorly of me that would be a hell of a lot more painful because I might believe them.
I created these masks as a means of survival, out of fear and in order to protect myself from scrutiny. They serve me well sometimes. The boys like Sofia the best. Italian, 7 years younger than actual me, extremely giggly and sexually confused. They want to give her money, take her out, and save her from this dark world that might gobble her up. They enjoy the fantasy of a young Italian girl who lives with her mom, and loves to cook and please.
Then there’s STORRY, a woman of the world, powerhouse creative, singer/songwriter, visual artist, film-maker, taking on the world all by herself. An unstoppable entrepreneurial badass with wisdom, vision, and social consciousness. Men are intimidated by this version of me, but women find a home and inspiration in STORRY.
I’d give you the two other me’s, but then I might have to kill ya. Haha. Just kidding… But that’s another storry for another time.
I consider my fluid spirit to be my greatest strength, but also my greatest weakness. In defining myself as water, I am able to mold myself to whatever life throws at me and make the best of it. I started saying that my spirit animal is a chameleon because I can fit in anywhere and thrive. But in doing so, I have stayed in harmful situations too long and couldn’t see the repercussions of my actions until much later. It opened my mind to all different ways of life, but it also has me questioning my authentic self.
A name in of itself cannot define who we are, and neither does a label like doctor, or artist, kind, beautiful, irritable or any other adjective. Why is humanity so interested in labeling everything? I suspect it’s because we think that when we define something it becomes concrete reality. But that isn’t the case. I think reality is more fluid and less definable. I see myself as malleable, and transformable as a means of coping with different environments. My song “You Don’t Know Me (Nah Nah)” is me trying to embrace these different parts of my personality as a means of survival in a world that can be cruel and exploitative.
For now, I’d love for you to take in the video and lyrics of my latest release “You Don’t Know Me (Nah Nah)” and decide for yourself. What different roles do you play in your life?
“You don’t know me (Nah Nah) was directed by Amber Goldfarb in partnership with cinematographer & editor Patrick Hodgson.
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