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2/2/2019 - We Made It To February (Thank Goth!) and Happy Black History Month (Studio Update) 

Hey, October here again with yet another studio update from yours truly. Let's get down to it, shall we? But first things first - the reason why I said we made it to February (Thank Goth!) in the post title was because the government shutdown was a fucking mess and I had to deal with a lot this past month, plus I was struggling and thought I wouldn't make it through with limited funds to afford to rent my current home in Colorado and to continue doing what I love doing with my life as a transgender/genderqueer musician.

Also, I wanted to shout out to all my Queer/Trans People of Color and wish you all a Happy Black History Month. Keep fighting the good fight, and never let the Nazis/white supremacists tear you down. Y'all got this! And if you need an ally, I'm always here for you. One Love to you all, and also my heart goes out to Jussie Smollett in the recent attack that he survived at the hands of white supremacists. It sickens me and haunts me to still hear about hate crimes against LGBTIQQA+ people and LGBTIQQA+ People of Color (PoC) happening again like it did 40 years ago and still continues to happen in this day and age. Chicago Police didn't find any "evidence" and therefore, I believe and wholeheartedly feel that Chicago Police is corrupt and is trying to cover it up by damaging all the video and potential photographic evidence that could've held those two white supremacists accountable and brought to justice. It is not a possible or potential hate crime - IT IS A HATE CRIME. The fact that the corporate media outlets chose to spin it that way is fucking sick and the media outlets should be condemned for lying and using a bullshit cover-up story to try to make it look like they are letting the attackers get away with this scot-free. Well, not on my watch!

For as long as I continue to breathe and fight the good fight, I will continue to promote and hold all white supremacists, its associates, police departments, etc. accountable until there is justice for Jussie Smollett and every single LGBTIQQA+ Person of Color in America. This should not be allowed, and it will be something I plan on talking about in upcoming albums yet to be made in the years to come. I'm very political but I'm far-left and progressive. That said, I believe radical change needs to happen now - fuck the DNC and the GOP with their corruption and broken capitalistic system and their oligarchic incremental "changes" - the time is now to rise up in the revolution! Anyways, enough political ranting for the time being - let's move on.

As of late, I've had to re-evaluate the Kickstarter campaign that I recently promoted for the last month or so, and with only 14 days left to go, it got me wondering what went wrong with the campaign and what could've been done to make it better and an reality next time around. Unfortunately, even with all the guidelines and tips to get crowdfunding support to go smoothly, the Kickstarter campaign to fund my brand new solo album is about to go kaput, unless people managed to donate a lot of money with 14 days left to go.

That said, I will be attempting this again via GoFundMe (which you can find here), only this time with no time limit (though I really want the album to be done by May 5th, 2019 and have it released on time for me to go on tour), a lower campaign fundraising goal of only $2,200, and keep it simpler than the previous Kickstarter campaign. This way, it's more attainable, realistic and to the point so that I can get the word out there as much as possible to try to raise funds to finish this amazing album.

Today, I got to meet the new bass guitarist to try out some demo practices, and he was the perfect fit! So he'll be joining me and Frank Woronoff (drummer) to work on the drum and bass tracks as planned for the new album, along with Eric Reid laying down the guitars, SFX/effects, and help me produce/mix/master the album in post-production at TBM Studios when I go up to Greeley to take all the tracks with me and get it done, lay down the vocals and fucking kick some ass on tour with the new album.

Everything is coming together, and I still need your support to raise the $2,200 to make all this happen. I'd appreciate it a lot and would be forever grateful. That said, I look forward to sharing more photo/video updates, some Facebook Live updates and so on via all social media platforms soon in the coming weeks. See y'all next time with more updates to come.

Namaste,
October.

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.

#TransCrowdFund
#TransMusician
#TransCreatorsFund

Namaste,
October.

A Inspiring and Soul-Baring Journey to Release a New Album Kickstarter Campaign (1/18/2019) 

Hi, I'm a genderqueer/trans woman who's a indie musician/singer-songwriter in a self-titled solo project. I travel all over the world, promoting my music, playing new gigs whenever I can, even though I'm based in Denver. Regardless, I travel in most countries, so yeah, it's a good life. Anyways, moving on. You already know me, especially since I post occasional blog/vlog updates with you all here anyway - LOL. 

This campaign that I launched is attempting to reach a total of $4200 in a matter of 30 days to finish the remaining songs of the new solo album that I hired a few people to help me work on in the studio here in Denver. That said, I'd like to share that it is near completion, and I hope with your support, it will help me and my crew get to where we need to be and have it ready for a digital and physical album distribution release through our preferred platforms that we work with to release new music whenever there's new music to release. I'm on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Deezer, Google Play Music/YouTube Music, etc., and I love doing what I do every day. 

This album is to tell my journey that's transpired in the last 10 years of my life, and has a theme of autobiographical details to share, social change and several other themes that may be a little too intense to talk about here. It's a 4-part album, split up into 4 different EPs. The first two of the album will be released Summer 2019, with the next two released by Fall/Winter 2019. In between all that time, I'll be releasing brand new official and lyric music videos for the singles that we're going to ask our fans to choose from to make the videos on and yes, we'll be touring all summer long! USA, Canada and parts of Europe and the U.K. - get ready for the tour of a lifetime. 

I'd appreciate it if y'all could share this Kickstarter campaign to help spread the word. The album is almost finished and we're raising funds to finish the rest of the album and have it ready for release by May/June 2019. We set it for 30 days to raise funds or we lose it, so please share this! Donations are appreciated - all costs go toward finishing the remaining songs of the new solo album with me and my crew, and all studio/album distribution costs as well. 

For those who pledges anywhere between $1-$50 on any of those reward tiers will get some amazing kickass rewards, plus did we mention that one of those rewards also includes free merch shipped to you, along with a Limited/Special Deluxe Edition of the new solo album as well? Yup - there's more where that came from. 

Thank you! 

A Inspiring and Soul-Baring Journey to Release a New Album Kickstarter Campaign [<< click the highlighted link to be taken there and share the link with everyone you know or to donate what you can afford - regardless of what you can afford, from $1-$50, you still get some kickass goodies in return for your pledges/support]

Studio Update - Entry #12 (1/10/2019) 

Well, we're off to a good start here in 2019 for our work in the studio. Me and a few studio musicians that I've hired to work on the new solo album has begun to come together and go over the demo material, lyrics and songwriting ideas of how we want the album to turn out and sound like. And I must admit, it feels truly exciting to do something amazing like this!

That being said, I also wanted to share with you some thoughts I had about the album. Given that we'll be working on it all winter and spring this year in 2019, we are going to need your support in making this album an reality. The concern is that we may not be able to afford to finish this on time for a summer album release and go on tour, so you all need to subscribe to Patreon for $1 a month to help me and my team here make this album happen, start working on it and release it just in time for the summer festival circuit that will be going on all summer long.

I'll also be playing a few local gigs in Colorado to start promoting this album as much as I can, given that it'll be a 4-part album, so you'll be getting each EP release one at a time starting in the Summer of 2019, and then by end of summer/early fall 2019, the second EP will be out and third EP will be out. Then finally, the last EP, which y'all already know as Hometown Diaries EP will be coming out in January/February 2020 at the latest (with the possibility of moving the final release to a Spring 2020 release, depending on how things will go).

So please join on Patreon today so that we can make all this happen, and make 2019 OUR YEAR together. Without y'all, the loyal and diehard fans, my solo project will cease to exist. Please support me, my crew and everyone else involved on this amazing journey together, all with just only $1 a month. You will get a LOT of great fan-club exclusive content, goodies and more. Trust me, $1 a month will give you EVERYTHING included in your Ultimate VIP Fanclub Experience membership tier plan/package, etc. - click here to go to Patreon!

That's all for right now - see y'all later with another update.

Namaste,
October.

Official Tracklist for New Solo Album - Studio Update (1/3/2019) 

Happy New Year, everyone! Hope everyone's new year is off to a good start. Let's get down to it, shall we?

So.... it's finally official. Here's the official tracklist of the new solo album coming out soon this Spring/Summer 2019 (note to fans - the official tracklist contains 4 different EPs as part of the entire albums, so keep in mind when reading through the list):

Home Away from Home EP:

  1. 10/26/1988
  2. Small Town Survivor
  3. Alone on a Cold Night in Smithville
  4. Sleeping Awake
  5. Home Away from Home

Lost Along the Way EP:

  1. Drive (So Far Away)
  2. A Trans Daughter's Letter to a Religiously Transphobic Father
  3. Turning 21
  4. Leaving San Francisco
  5. Anywhere But Here
  6. Home I'll Never Be

Letters to Salem EP:

  1. My First Letter
  2. Shades of Myself
  3. Sovereign Salem
  4. Escape Plan
  5. Epilogue

Hometown Diaries EP:

  1. Transgender and Still Here
  2. Gone Away
  3. White River Junction Blues
  4. Late Night Diner Conversations
  5. Letters from the Road
  6. I Miss You
  7. Smithville
  8. Until Now

The first of the 4-EP solo debut album, Home Away from Home EP is slated to be released by late Spring/early Summer 2019, with Lost Along the Way EP coming out during the summer as well. The last two of the 4-EP solo album will be released at the same time around October/November 2019 or just in time for the holiday season come late November/early December 2019. Along with that, we'll be working on launching the official merchandise store, have a tour schedule in place and then see what happens next. We'll also do official lyric videos and official music videos for whatever singles we put out on each EP, so stay tuned for that to come.

Other than that, that's all the updates I have for now from the studio, and I can't wait to share more details with you all soon when it becomes available.

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

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,
October.

Entry #8 (9/17/2018) - "Until Now" - A New Single Launched Today! 

Hey, everyone, it's me again with another update from the studio. As of late, I've been working really hard with my friends and crew putting together the new solo album, but I know y'all have been teased with updates for months now, so it is with great pleasure that I announce that a new single I'm releasing called "Until Now" is now available on ALL music platforms, from Spotify to iTunes, from Amazon Music to Deezer, from Tidal to iHeartRadio and beyond, starting today.

You can purchase the single for only 99 cents or stream on Spotify. Speaking of Spotify, you can do so by clicking here.

Enjoy the new single, and thank you all for your patience and your support!

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

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,
October.

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,
October.