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So, after reviewing Patreon's fuck-ups and the mistakes they made, I discovered that recently after joining Ko-Fi as a Ko-Fi Gold member for only $6 a month as a content creator, Ko-Fi will NOT charge me a fee to withdraw money per month and will not charge you a fee to pledge $1 or more a month. 

Let me explain how this will work. See, with Patreon, I'd get charged 25 cents every month just to withdraw what I'm making here from monthly subscriptions (thanks again, y'all, for supporting my music! I love you!) directly to my bank account. But if I were to withdraw and transfer it to my PayPal, Patreon would charge me 10% of what I'm making here. For example, right now, I'm making a total of $13 from all of you. Thanks so much for that, BTW - you are all so awesome! High-fives all around! Anyways, so $13 - 10% every month is like, what, $12.50 or something? Not good, right? 

Then, if I was making $100 or more a month, it'd still cost me 25 cents to withdraw directly to my bank account from Patreon here, but here's the shocker. With withdrawals from Patreon to PayPal, it's $20 max. That fucking pisses me off, and should piss you off. Here's why: did you know that some of you who's pledged $1 a month is being charged like $1.38 or $1.50 a month, right? No? You didn't know that? Well, shocker - I didn't either until the changes went into effect then it was too late. Now, for those pledging outside of the usual monthly subscription tier plan that I have here on Patreon like $5 or $10 or $15 a month, you'd get charged an extra 30-50 cents with that $5, $10 or $15 a month, and Patreon is forcing you basically, just to pay the additional fees of "allowing me to make more than 90% of my profits", which is total bullshit. 

So, you're all in agreement with me, right? I know you are. You're incensed! Why should we have to be charged extra fees just to make sure that you're paying exactly what you pledge per month and that I get paid exactly what I'm owed from total pledges per month, huh? Capitalism, am I right? Well.... that's all about to end, starting this summer. 

In the next few months, I'll be posting less on Patreon and transferring everything over back to Bandcamp and to Ko-Fi, because for the first time ever.... Ko-Fi is allowing me to charge my fans exactly what you pledge per month. Which means you only literally pay $1 exactly a month (or more, if you wanna afford to pledge more) and not be charge a fee at all. In fact, two of my superfans are pledging right now $100 a month and the second aforementioned superfan is pledging $15 a month. And they both confirmed that they were not charged an extra fee at all for their $100 and $15 a month pledges on Ko-Fi. And best of all? I don't get charged to pay any fees just to get a total of what I'm getting right now, $115 a month. It goes directly to my bank account, and I'm a happy girl, a happy indie musician/singer-songwriter and a happy rocker. And you're happy too, because you get to do all this and not have to worry about extra fees or hidden fees anymore. 

Let's break free from capitalism and give power back to you, the fans and to content creators, musicians, artists, writers, poets, filmmakers, etc. like me and so many others out there, by moving to Ko-Fi. 

Also, did I mention that Bandcamp does not charge you any fees either on any one of my 3 monthly tier plans of $3, $5 or $10 a month? I don't even get charged a fee to withdraw money every month either. How fucking awesome is that??? You can join Bandcamp right now by clicking here to pledge any one of those exact three amounts and get all my behind-the-scenes content, discounted prices off my merchandise, my music and more, or just click on the link here to go to Ko-Fi and pay exactly what you can afford to pledge every month! This is AWESOME! 

Anyways, see y'all later. Got more to do in the studio for the new album, and I'll have more good news for you to share later on. Stay tuned for more details to come. 


Re: Patreon's Shitstorm with Payment Processors and The Profiteers Who Ran This Corporation to the Ground (and What's Next for October Evans fanclub members) 

Now this is a story about how Patreon basically fucked up big time. Okay, before I go any further, I wanted to say I love what Patreon has done for me and everything, but the last few days was just unacceptable. This never happened to me before in the last few months of running my Patreon fanclub platform for y'all, and you know I love all my fans, but putting me and my fans at risk with payment processors, and not to mention the fact that it almost derailed my monthly expenses trying to keep my independent music career afloat? Yeah, that's not cool, Patreon. You know it ain't. 

That said, I wanted to add that Patreon and their payment processors that they've chosen to team up with are literally corporate profiteers at the top sitting comfy in their headquarters somewhere in San Francisco (or at least in Silicon Valley, if we're gonna assume that is where they're at) while ripping me and all of you off. It was supposed to be affordable and simply just $1 a month so that all of y'all can continue to build my fanbase up, support my music and get all the benefits/rewards that goes with what I'm offering to you for just one awesome dollar a month. 

Bandcamp is a little pricier, yes, and it's $3, $5 and $10 a month, but Bandcamp doesn't have the ability for me to live-stream acoustic shows or kickass behind-the-scenes studio/tour vlog webisodes, nor does it have the ability to allow me to charge my fans just $1 a month. And that's hard to find. 

Someone on Twitter once said something very important about Patreon - give it a read here. That really resonated with me in so many ways on so many levels. Here's why: we live in an oligarchy now, right here in America under fascists and corporations who owns said fascists that runs both the DNC and the GOP. It was never a two-party system to begin with, and the fact that many are waking and a recent video confirming that Trump voters are turning on Trump and leaving the GOP voter bloc/base, it's a good sign that both parties' voters and all American citizens, along with its immigrants and many minorities/marginalized communities (I'm in some of those communities myself) are fucking fed up and about to invoke a clause from the U.S. Constitution that our Founding Fathers wrote, and it does say that in the Constitution that if the American people has found its own government officials and representatives, including the POTUS and VP, tyrannical, we will legally overthrow them all. And we have that power. And to add a special note, no I never voted for Trump or any of the GOP. I voted Democrat and Independent/Green Party, and I am a far-left Independent Progressive (with a touch of punk rock Anarchist - the peaceful/non-violent/activist type_. I want universal healthcare for all, affordable housing, Universal Basic Income, increase the benefits for SSI/SSDI/EBT-SNAP-Food Stamps recipients, everyone to have the ability to be able to retire with dignity, LGBTIQQA+ rights, life-saving, gender affirming healthcare/surgery treatments for any and all trans, genderqueer, non-binary, etc. folk, clean energy (no oil and no nuclear - let's go solar or install windmills and so forth), saving the environment from total destruction, helping the animals, etc., and more - I'm even a strong advocate for common-sense gun safety/universal background checks, lower prescription costs (and the ability to go to Canada to buy such medications), net neutrality protections, free internet, etc. - you get the idea. MANY GREAT PROGRESSIVE IDEALS that can turn into policies if we work hard enough to get the people we voted for that are similar to AOC and other true progressives (stop voting the corporate Democrats and the Nazi GOP) in every single political seat in the country, we would then overthrow the U.S. government and install in place all the aforementioned left/far-left progressives in office. Think about that for a moment and let it sink in. 

And the fact that Patreon is generating value from its Wall Street investors, thus making it even more difficult for me and so many other content creators out there, proves that we cannot survive or thrive or even have the best of both paths. It's a feast-or-famine country we are living in, and it's about to get worse before it gets better. That being said, even with the awakening of many people happening in the aforementioned video that I just talked about, and the fucking awful shitstorm of the SOTU (State of the Union) that happened last night (I wanted to throw up, no lie), and everything else going on from the Transgender military ban to immigrants dying in camps held and operated by ICE and CBP sadists, etc., it's time for a change. 

I will continue to use Patreon and promote as much as I can, but sooner or later, Patreon will go out of business, and that leaves me with Ko-Fi and Bandcamp and of course, my official website. I'm also in the process of creating a similar fanclub platform and use their ideas/features they presented so far (like YouTube live-streaming/Crowdcast, being able to link videos and music from other platforms into the site, sharing photos and updates, and so much more) where you can continue to afford to pledge $1 a month, and I will continue to use Ko-Fi and Bandcamp as long as I can as well for those who can afford to spend a little more than $1 a month. This way, both of best worlds, and all the rich and not-so-rich and middle class and lower middle class and all marginalized/oppressed communities can afford to support me on the official website's upcoming brand new fanclub platform and the Ko-Fi/Bandcamp platforms once Patreon is gone. 

In the end, it will pay off well in the long run and it will become amazing. Those who are only able to afford $1 a month will join that new fan-club platform, and those who can afford more than $1 a month can join me on Ko-Fi and Bandcamp. Also, another way you can stream my music (mostly for free, unless you signed up for an Apple/iTunes membership and a Spotify Premium plan of $9.99 a month or whatever it is now) so that I can continue to earn more directly to my DistroKid earnings account every month or every 2-3 months (depending on their payment delivery) is via Spotify and iTunes/Apple Music. I'm also on all other platforms, including Napster, Tidal, Deezer Music, etc., and I still use Google Play/YouTube Music and Amazon Music, so you can buy my music directly this way, along with direct payments to buy any of my music, merch, concert tickets, etc. from my official website as well. Regardless, we'll all gonna be okay when Patreon goes bye-bye. 

I don't want y'all to freak out or worry just yet. Sooner or later, it will all come together. In the meantime, stay subscribed to all my updates, follow me on social media (you can find all the links in one place by going here) and please subscribe to my YouTube channel. It helps grow my fanbase. Thank you! 


I Had The Best Day Ever Today - Here's Why (1/25/2019) 

So, the Trump administration has fallen and now the government is reopened for the time being - hip hip hooray! But let's not talk about politics here. Also, for those following me, I'm anti-Trump, anti-corporation, anti-Nazi and anyone who's a corrupt corporate Democrat, plus those who are transphobic - y'all can fuck off. Anyways, moving on...

So here's why I had a really, really GOOD DAY. I hosted a live-streaming #AskMeAnything session and did a demo song presentation of what the new album will be like, all live on Kickstarter, YouTube, Twitter, Patreon and Facebook. It was fun taking questions that was pre-submitted already, and fun to take questions that was written in the comments section while live-streaming, to talk about the new album, explain why the #Kickstarter campaign was so important and why people should #pledgeonkickstarter ASAP, but most of all, we raised $6 because of the live-stream. That was fucking amazing.

But it's a good start, and I hope me and my crew get to raise all $4,200 in the next 22 days to pull off the impossible, finish the new solo album and to get it released by June/July 2019 - and yes it will be on a FRIDAY. So rest assured, it will be a great time for everyone involved.

I'll be sending all funds to the studio musicians hired to help me finish the new solo album, and to TBM Studios to work with the great Eric Reid on the tracks and make it sound so badass! Can't wait to share more details with y'all soon, so see y'all next time.



Entry #10 - Happy Holidays, Everyone! 

Welcome to yet another update from the studio and behind-the-scenes with yours truly. Hope everyone is doing well, and for those having a very rough/difficult time this holiday season, just remember that I'm here for you all. My music is meant to inspire you to rise above and overcome the darkness looming over your heads, like a dark cloud that's following you everywhere, in the hope that you'll find peace, happiness, love and light inside yourselves again.

Anyways, so first things first. The new solo album has been progressing so well, and I'm really excited to share yet another single release to tease you all with, starting with launching it on Patreon first via my fanclub platform before I launch it everywhere else on all other platforms, including Spotify and iTunes. Secondly, I wanted to make an announcement that I'm moving to COLORADO! That's where I'll continue to finish the remainder of recording sessions for the new album while making a permanent home for myself there.

That being said, I am looking forward to 2019 and there will be some occasional updates and posts here and there on the official website, all my social media platforms, Bandcamp, ReverbNation, etc., and I will have those updates released sometime in the next 3-6 weeks, due to this being the holidays and all. It's going to be a busy one for me, that's for sure, with the move to Colorado, finishing up the rest of the songs, and get it processed for post-production, mixing/mastering, and having the album artwork, official photo shoots done, work on new music videos and then start booking gigs for my next tour in 2019 as well. It's been a great songwriting/recording process but holy shit-fuck, it's been a rough and insane 2018. I'm just glad it's almost over so that I can move on to bigger and better things in my music career.

I also have a really big announcement to make as well, but I'm saving that for a later date. Let's just say there's going to be some old friends getting together to do something amazing. That's all I will say for now. Until then, happy holidays, everyone and see you all later with another update.

Namaste, Talk Hard, Rock On and Never Let the Music Stop,

Entry #9 - Studio Update (11/2/2018) 

The end of 2018 is nearing, just around the corner, and it's been an insane year for me. I mean, holy shit-fuck... I had a few limited open mic gigs, one gig that I had to cancel due to medical illness, been in and out of the studio non-stop recording the new EP and debut solo album, on the road and at home tending to personal life matters outside of my music industry career, and it's just... fucking wow. 

I'm just glad that 2018 is almost over, because come 2019, y'all are going to be seeing some updates coming out with teasers, official music videos, new singles and more as we near completion of what was a very long 5 years working on what I considered to be one of my best works yet in the studio with such a amazing team of musicians, producers, engineers and so on. This has been long overdue, and I'm just so excited to finally release the entire album and an EP as well to all of you, plus more to come as well.

In other news, I just celebrated my 30th birthday... in a hospital. I took some time off this past month of October to do some self-care/trauma recovery at a local facility called the Brattleboro Retreat here in Vermont at their lovely LGBTIQQA+ inpatient program, and it saved my life. I was struggling with some severe C-PTSD/Depression symptoms and I'm doing much better now, especially now that I'm 30 years old, fully equipped (both mentally and emotionally) after years of therapy, inpatient admissions on and off and changing meds/medical marijuana doses, etc. to get the right amount to balance out my depression and to live a better life, and ready to handle flashbacks/C-PTSD related triggers (such as anniversary dates and certain times of the year that I can't handle living through, or that I used to not to be able to handle properly until recently), then recently returned back to town in Burlington to finish up recording sessions for the month before I return to the studio again by mid to late November and parts of December to record more songs for the new solo album.

I think this is probably the most honest that I've ever been lyrically and musically, and I feel it's something that the world needs right now, given everything that's happening around us all. It's time y'all listen up to what I'm about to drop on this here mic when the new album comes out. Until then, take good care of yourselves and I'll be sharing yet another update soon from the studio.

Namaste, Talk Hard, Rock On and Never Let the Music Stop,

Entry #7 (9/3/2018) - Updates and Special Announcement 

Hey, everyone, October here. Hope all is well with all of y'all on Labor Day, and if you're working on Labor Day, my condolences. Capitalism fucking sucks here in Amerika, eh? Anyways...

So the surgery to remove the thyroid cancer went well and I have been recovering here for the last few days at a local motel's medical respite program, which is contracted through Champlain Housing Trust in a collaborative partnership with the University of Vermont Medical Center, and I'm doing okay so far. But in other news, I wanted to tell you all right here - you'll now be the first of many to be aware of this: My latest new single, which is a demo version (but will have several different versions of the song as well) is coming out on September 20th, 2018!

That means you can now pre-save the single on your Spotify, starting right now! All you have to do is go to this link by clicking here to pre-save and it'll be ready in your Spotify library by the time September 20th rolls around. How fucking exciting is that?!?!

I hope you enjoy the first version of many different versions of this new single as much as I have enjoyed working on it, and I'm excited to share more updates with you all soon. Until then, happy Labor Day and take care.

Namaste, Talk Hard, Rock On and Never Let the Music Stop,

Entry #6 (8/15/2018) 

Today, I'm going to be auditioning for the Church Street Marketplace people to see if I qualify for a busking/street performer's permit. If I get this, I will be able to "legally" make money performing on the streets all my original and cover songs on acoustic guitar. Truth be told, I'm a wee bit nervous, but I really hope that I will qualify for such a permit.

See, it's been one of my life's goals as a independent musician to perform on the Church Street Marketplace, and for as long as I could remember, I've worked really hard to get to where I am today, all because I was and still am truly passionate about the music that I have created over the years. All the bands I've been in, all the rap groups I've performed with, all the instruments I've played and all the songs I've written over the years.... it's led to this moment, the moment where you'll know for sure whether you'll be taken as a serious musician or move on to the next best thing as a indie musician.

And even if I don't get this permit, I do hope that I can continue to take it further than ever before and get some serious support along the way in my music career, because this is 20+ years of my independent music industry career. I've always wanted to do something on the Church Street Marketplace to get people to be TRULY aware of the world around them and all the issues we face as a nation together, and hopefully make them pay attention to local issues too, such as the trans community, the struggles we face here in Vermont and beyond.

But yeah, even with the money I'll be making performing on the streets, I still face the possibility that people may not truly listen to the songs that I've written or have been writing as of late and understand the message behind each song. Who knows? We'll see what happens from here on out. Until then, all I have to say is this: the music revolution will NOT DIE today. So....

Wish me LUCK!

Namaste, Talk Hard, Rock On and Never Let the Music Stop,

Entry #5 (8/12/2018) 

Hey, what's up, everyone? October here. So I got to go to a friend's house today to record a rough acoustic demo of this new song, and it turned out pretty well. I don't have much to update you all on right now, except to say that most of the album is pretty much almost finished. In the meantime, enjoy this acoustic demo I put together for y'all!

Note: you must be a Patreon fanclub subscriber to join and listen to this new song. It's how I continue to make independent queer rock music with your support and monthly pledges. Without such pledges, I won't be able to afford to continue making original, revolutionary and honest music for you all. So sign up today for as low as $1/month! You can do so by clicking on the Patreon fanclub link here.

Namaste, Talk Hard, Rock On and Never Let the Music Stop,

Entry #3 (7/26/2018) 

Hey, what's up, everyone? I apologize that things has been insanely quiet here lately, but here's some good news to all my fans out there reading right now - the new solo album is ALMOST FINISHED! YAY!!!!

After nearly a fucking year and a half of working on the solo album, and the last 5 years working with my former bandmates on the recently released On The Road Sessions, I'm glad to say that it's almost over and that I can resume touring and making new music/lyric videos and do some appearances here and there. I've been working non-stop, juggling several careers outside of my music industry career, and running my own indie label with a new team, so it's been crazy times here but being busy is good, provided that I still take good care of myself when on hiatus from time to time. Otherwise, I would burn out.

Anyways, that being said, I wanted to tease you all with a new song from my Patreon fanclub platform that will be on the solo album, since I know you've been craving new music for a while now, but fuck yes, it's a new song, damnit! YES! It's called "Sovereign Salem" and I hope you dig what I did with this song. You can find here by joining the official Patreon fanclub platform today and give it a listen, as part of your many rewards and goodies you'll receive (both physical and digital items alike) via package delivery, e-mail or live-streaming online! Click here to check it out!

Until then, enjoy what I've posted thus far and I'll see you next time with another studio update.

Namaste and Rock On,

Entry #2 (6/6/2018) 

Hey, October here again. Sorry for the quiet around here. A lot of new changes are happening, and I cannot wait to share it all with you soon!

First of all, I'd like to say to everyone thank you for being ever so patient and so kind/understanding as I make the transition from a full-time band to a solo project, where it's pretty much just me. Secondly, I'd like to say that the new album that I'm working is progressing very well. I've not only written just enough to put it all together, but I got to revisit some of the older songs from Wanderlust Grrrl (my recently disbanded band) and my older bands from over the years (Empty Existence, Dead by December, Asphyixaphiliac Heart and The Dead Generation Beatniks), and I felt those older songs would be great for my solo project, especially since it needed more work but shows true potential.

With that being said, I cannot wait to give y'all a few teasers to get you riled up on what is being predicted as one of the best albums I've ever worked on in a very long time in my 20-ish years in the indie music industry. I've been independent/underground for so long that I'm glad I'm still here with you all once again for yet another ride on this amazing journey. 

And finally, I'd like to announce that there will be a new Patreon fanclub platform coming soon, and that will be amazeballs! Because then, you'd get all the exclusive fanclub goodies from yours truly and enjoy additional new music never before released to the public, be the first to buy new merch/albums/concert tickets/VIP passes before anyone else, enter my giveaway contests and so much more. Did I mention that my Patreon fanclub platform will start offering inimiate personal acoustic performance shows LIVE?!?! That's right, you heard me - LIVE! That's fucking awesome.

Well, that's all the updates for now, and I will see you all again soon with another update from the studio!

Namaste, Talk Hard and Rock On,