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Hello and Welcome to the Party Nails Luv Club Patreon!!

I'm so thrilled to have you here, on this page, out of all the pages on the internet for even just a moment. Sometimes when I get someone's attention I think of a great joke. Other times I divert my eyes immediately. So I hope this feels like.....a great joke?

OK so WHO AM I?
I'm Party Nails, real name Elana Carroll. I'm a singer, songwriter, performer, producer and generally pop-and-alternative-leaning musician, as well as a writer (poems and personal essays and sometimes other things), and educator (music and technology bits and pieces). I write songs, I program drums, I lay down bass lines, I siiing sing singggg in the vocal booth, I edit audio until 2 in the morning because once you put out a record it's out forever!, I make album art, I collaborate with photographers and art directors and graphic designers and videographers, I write and direct and edit music videos, I teach my live band my songs and program all the track tech stuff so the show sounds good and hopefully doesn't crash midway through, I pack all my stuff and merch and self into a rolly suitcase and go on tour and keep my fingers crossed that I don't wake up from this amazing dream which is my life, I get on stage and perform these songs bring myself back to the place I was when I wrote them and lay that all out there and connect with each audience as best as I can.

Sometimes these things come easily. But most of the time, they do not. This stuff is mostly blood, sweat and (less frequently lately but still sometimes) tears.

I LOVE what I do. I LOVE being a musician, and being a writer, and being the sort of musician and writer who always is making music and writing. But don't get me wrong—even though I basically grew up doing this and have always wanted to do this and have practiced a lot and had many great teachers and mentors, it is actually Really Hard Work. Really Hard Work is when you have to do stuff that is hard to do but isn't impossible to do. My amount of Really Hard Work I have in my day-to-day life as Party Nails has officially reached a point where I am unable to have a part-time job to help pay the bills.

So here we are on Patreon; the precipice of a new era of art, the convergence of the 2019 internet technologies, social media and atypical creative business models. One in which I can effectively create constantly and share my creations with my audience in exchange for a small (or large!) monthly contribution. I won't name any names (rhymes with LandLamp only it starts with a Band and ends with a Camp) but I have tried this before and found the subscription design, interface and capabilities lacking. Patreon has been doing this whole subscription-supported-artist thing for a while, and so I think they are a wise choice for my subscription/membership thing. In fact I kinda wish I just went with them in the first place a year ago.


So what do I need money for anyway?
What a loaded question.

Just kidding :) Super normal to ask that.

Short answer is: I need money to pay my basic life expenses such as rent, bills, student loans, and groceries.

The medium length answer is: my endgame is to be like Chance the Rapper only ME, Party Nails aka I own all my intellectual property and I call all the shots and no weird old white dude who also might be involved with the oil industry is making money off of my blood/sweat/tears. In my quest to be like one of the most successful independent musicians ever, I'm doing mighty fine and keeping my eye on the prize.

But sometimes those money worries creeeeeeep up on me. ESPECIALLY when I have a tour coming up. Dude. Tours are EXPENSIVE.

The long long answer is: I grew up in a really small town called Chatham in New York State. It's near Albany and the Hudson River, but not near enough to either of those things for our town to be any level of exciting. I spent an entire summer waiting for the mail to come. (I had three penpals at the time, so at least I knew something would eventually come for me. But seriously. WOW.) I started playing the guitar when I was 11 and I was instantly HOOKED and writing songs up the wazooo. Learning to write songs, which my dear friend Rob Caldwell taught me to do, was the PERFECT combination of my favorite things: singing, reading, writing, and performing in front of the mirror and pretending I was on a real stage in a real town and someone besides Rob was excited about it.

Fast forward a few years. I'm 15 and I learn about an early college in Great Barrington called Simon's Rock. There is no minimum age requirement—if you are accepted, you can go. The school was only a 30 minute drive from Chatham, and it seemed WAY more interesting than my high school. In fact, I kinda wanted to dropout of high school and sing on the streets somewhere in Vermont. Yes, that was actually my plan. As if there are ever more than ten people on the street in Vermont at any given time.

In the years leading up to the discovery of this early college, I had started getting into a little bit of trouble. In hindsight I was just bored, but at the time I hated everything and felt deeply uncomfortable and needed a huge change to keep me from becoming a drug addict. I know it's really intense to say that but, it really does happen a lot. Boredom and a lack of access to stuff to do (e.g. the town where I grew up) is a huge problem when it comes to drug use in young people. Also that's not to say I never tried drugs, because I have. I guess that's another topic for another website. Or maybe just for my therapist...who by the way, my Medi-Cal pays for. Call it Socialism if you want—I call it a fucking lifesaver.

The idea that I could get an associates degree by the time I would normally be graduating from high school seemed really awesome to me. (The idea I might stay for the 4 year program never crossed my mind.) But it seemed like there was NO WAY I would get in—it was fancy, it was kind of prestigious, and I had never been top of my class or super excited about school.

Spoiler alert: I got in and I went that next August, a few weeks after I turned 16.

When I was 18 I decided to stay for two more years and get my BA. Weirdly, I loved college and was getting good grades, so I got some scholarships. I worked as a babysitter to offset my living expenses. But the costs weren't completely cut, and my parents weren't able to help me, and so I took out student loans. More than one. More than two. More than three. Just like, however many I needed to get an education and start living my life—hopefully a better, bigger life than what I had in Chatham. Also I was barely 18 and making huge financial decisions when you are that age is....kind of a recipe for disaster?

And that's the story of how I have so many bills to pay!

JUST KIDDING.

Well. I mean. It's a true story but it's not the whole story of why we are here.

We are here because I love making things for you. I love feeling things and making stories and songs out of them, I love creating music to support those words, I love singing on stage to you, and I love knowing that maybe it helps to know that someone has felt similar before. From the moment I began playing the guitar I KNEW that this was what I was going to do. What I was supposed to do. What I would do. I truly have not given up on my commitment since I first made it, and it is with profound gratitude that I welcome you to this Patreon all these years later.

I won't let you down, I promise I will be the Party Nails you need me to be. I will answer your questions and do live chats with you and give you guest list spots to shows and show you new songs and videos and things before they are released to non-Patreons. 


Also...
As I navigate this new piece of my business and creative life, I welcome your feedback and encourage you to tell me what you like and don't like, what you want me to do more of, what you wish I would do sometimes. I can't help but make music, but showing it to you and knowing it becomes a part of your life is a whole other level of amazing to me. And I don't want to stop. So help me keep going by becoming a Patreon!
Tiers
easy peasy
$1 or more per month

you are contributing $1 that you could be giving to something else, and thank you for choosing Party Nails!!

lemon squeezy
$10 or more per month

Guaranteed first listen of any new music before it comes out!


Behind the scenes videos and live streams of me writing, playing, singing, and/or producing music at home and in the studio.

Written discussions of what I'm reading and writing—usually creative, spiritual, feminist and pop-culture-oriented. Essentially the earliest drafts of my essays and articles.


Free downloads of my entire back catalogue.


20% off all merchandise.


A handwritten setlist mailed to you (limit 1 per month) by request.


Handwritten lyrics of the song of your choice mailed to you (limit 1 per month) by request.

meat & potatoes
$25 or more per month

All of Easy Peasy AND Lemon Squeezy, PLUS:


Access to the Party Nails Luv Club Patreon Community forum, including one-on-one chats with me.


30 minute hangout sesh with me by request via video chat. We can talk about music, lessons, or life in general (1 per month).


For Emma Watson only: No limit per month, rollovers totally allowed: Dinner with Ben anywhere in the world. "I would use my miles for her" —Ben aka Big Steve

gravy baby
$50 or more per month

All of Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy AND Meat & Potatoes PLUS:


Access to monthly video breakdowns of my favorite Party Nails songs.


Monthly acoustic shows via livestream.

with a cherry on top
$100 or more per month

All of Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy, Meat & Potatoes AND Gravy Baby PLUS:


Be an extra in a Party Nails music video. (Travel not included.)


You and a +1 on my personal guestlist for any shows in your area, twice a year.


Nude photos of Sweet Pea.

Hello and Welcome to the Party Nails Luv Club Patreon!!

I'm so thrilled to have you here, on this page, out of all the pages on the internet for even just a moment. Sometimes when I get someone's attention I think of a great joke. Other times I divert my eyes immediately. So I hope this feels like.....a great joke?

OK so WHO AM I?
I'm Party Nails, real name Elana Carroll. I'm a singer, songwriter, performer, producer and generally pop-and-alternative-leaning musician, as well as a writer (poems and personal essays and sometimes other things), and educator (music and technology bits and pieces). I write songs, I program drums, I lay down bass lines, I siiing sing singggg in the vocal booth, I edit audio until 2 in the morning because once you put out a record it's out forever!, I make album art, I collaborate with photographers and art directors and graphic designers and videographers, I write and direct and edit music videos, I teach my live band my songs and program all the track tech stuff so the show sounds good and hopefully doesn't crash midway through, I pack all my stuff and merch and self into a rolly suitcase and go on tour and keep my fingers crossed that I don't wake up from this amazing dream which is my life, I get on stage and perform these songs bring myself back to the place I was when I wrote them and lay that all out there and connect with each audience as best as I can.

Sometimes these things come easily. But most of the time, they do not. This stuff is mostly blood, sweat and (less frequently lately but still sometimes) tears.

I LOVE what I do. I LOVE being a musician, and being a writer, and being the sort of musician and writer who always is making music and writing. But don't get me wrong—even though I basically grew up doing this and have always wanted to do this and have practiced a lot and had many great teachers and mentors, it is actually Really Hard Work. Really Hard Work is when you have to do stuff that is hard to do but isn't impossible to do. My amount of Really Hard Work I have in my day-to-day life as Party Nails has officially reached a point where I am unable to have a part-time job to help pay the bills.

So here we are on Patreon; the precipice of a new era of art, the convergence of the 2019 internet technologies, social media and atypical creative business models. One in which I can effectively create constantly and share my creations with my audience in exchange for a small (or large!) monthly contribution. I won't name any names (rhymes with LandLamp only it starts with a Band and ends with a Camp) but I have tried this before and found the subscription design, interface and capabilities lacking. Patreon has been doing this whole subscription-supported-artist thing for a while, and so I think they are a wise choice for my subscription/membership thing. In fact I kinda wish I just went with them in the first place a year ago.


So what do I need money for anyway?
What a loaded question.

Just kidding :) Super normal to ask that.

Short answer is: I need money to pay my basic life expenses such as rent, bills, student loans, and groceries.

The medium length answer is: my endgame is to be like Chance the Rapper only ME, Party Nails aka I own all my intellectual property and I call all the shots and no weird old white dude who also might be involved with the oil industry is making money off of my blood/sweat/tears. In my quest to be like one of the most successful independent musicians ever, I'm doing mighty fine and keeping my eye on the prize.

But sometimes those money worries creeeeeeep up on me. ESPECIALLY when I have a tour coming up. Dude. Tours are EXPENSIVE.

The long long answer is: I grew up in a really small town called Chatham in New York State. It's near Albany and the Hudson River, but not near enough to either of those things for our town to be any level of exciting. I spent an entire summer waiting for the mail to come. (I had three penpals at the time, so at least I knew something would eventually come for me. But seriously. WOW.) I started playing the guitar when I was 11 and I was instantly HOOKED and writing songs up the wazooo. Learning to write songs, which my dear friend Rob Caldwell taught me to do, was the PERFECT combination of my favorite things: singing, reading, writing, and performing in front of the mirror and pretending I was on a real stage in a real town and someone besides Rob was excited about it.

Fast forward a few years. I'm 15 and I learn about an early college in Great Barrington called Simon's Rock. There is no minimum age requirement—if you are accepted, you can go. The school was only a 30 minute drive from Chatham, and it seemed WAY more interesting than my high school. In fact, I kinda wanted to dropout of high school and sing on the streets somewhere in Vermont. Yes, that was actually my plan. As if there are ever more than ten people on the street in Vermont at any given time.

In the years leading up to the discovery of this early college, I had started getting into a little bit of trouble. In hindsight I was just bored, but at the time I hated everything and felt deeply uncomfortable and needed a huge change to keep me from becoming a drug addict. I know it's really intense to say that but, it really does happen a lot. Boredom and a lack of access to stuff to do (e.g. the town where I grew up) is a huge problem when it comes to drug use in young people. Also that's not to say I never tried drugs, because I have. I guess that's another topic for another website. Or maybe just for my therapist...who by the way, my Medi-Cal pays for. Call it Socialism if you want—I call it a fucking lifesaver.

The idea that I could get an associates degree by the time I would normally be graduating from high school seemed really awesome to me. (The idea I might stay for the 4 year program never crossed my mind.) But it seemed like there was NO WAY I would get in—it was fancy, it was kind of prestigious, and I had never been top of my class or super excited about school.

Spoiler alert: I got in and I went that next August, a few weeks after I turned 16.

When I was 18 I decided to stay for two more years and get my BA. Weirdly, I loved college and was getting good grades, so I got some scholarships. I worked as a babysitter to offset my living expenses. But the costs weren't completely cut, and my parents weren't able to help me, and so I took out student loans. More than one. More than two. More than three. Just like, however many I needed to get an education and start living my life—hopefully a better, bigger life than what I had in Chatham. Also I was barely 18 and making huge financial decisions when you are that age is....kind of a recipe for disaster?

And that's the story of how I have so many bills to pay!

JUST KIDDING.

Well. I mean. It's a true story but it's not the whole story of why we are here.

We are here because I love making things for you. I love feeling things and making stories and songs out of them, I love creating music to support those words, I love singing on stage to you, and I love knowing that maybe it helps to know that someone has felt similar before. From the moment I began playing the guitar I KNEW that this was what I was going to do. What I was supposed to do. What I would do. I truly have not given up on my commitment since I first made it, and it is with profound gratitude that I welcome you to this Patreon all these years later.

I won't let you down, I promise I will be the Party Nails you need me to be. I will answer your questions and do live chats with you and give you guest list spots to shows and show you new songs and videos and things before they are released to non-Patreons. 


Also...
As I navigate this new piece of my business and creative life, I welcome your feedback and encourage you to tell me what you like and don't like, what you want me to do more of, what you wish I would do sometimes. I can't help but make music, but showing it to you and knowing it becomes a part of your life is a whole other level of amazing to me. And I don't want to stop. So help me keep going by becoming a Patreon!

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Tiers
easy peasy
$1 or more per month

you are contributing $1 that you could be giving to something else, and thank you for choosing Party Nails!!

lemon squeezy
$10 or more per month

Guaranteed first listen of any new music before it comes out!


Behind the scenes videos and live streams of me writing, playing, singing, and/or producing music at home and in the studio.

Written discussions of what I'm reading and writing—usually creative, spiritual, feminist and pop-culture-oriented. Essentially the earliest drafts of my essays and articles.


Free downloads of my entire back catalogue.


20% off all merchandise.


A handwritten setlist mailed to you (limit 1 per month) by request.


Handwritten lyrics of the song of your choice mailed to you (limit 1 per month) by request.

meat & potatoes
$25 or more per month

All of Easy Peasy AND Lemon Squeezy, PLUS:


Access to the Party Nails Luv Club Patreon Community forum, including one-on-one chats with me.


30 minute hangout sesh with me by request via video chat. We can talk about music, lessons, or life in general (1 per month).


For Emma Watson only: No limit per month, rollovers totally allowed: Dinner with Ben anywhere in the world. "I would use my miles for her" —Ben aka Big Steve

gravy baby
$50 or more per month

All of Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy AND Meat & Potatoes PLUS:


Access to monthly video breakdowns of my favorite Party Nails songs.


Monthly acoustic shows via livestream.

with a cherry on top
$100 or more per month

All of Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy, Meat & Potatoes AND Gravy Baby PLUS:


Be an extra in a Party Nails music video. (Travel not included.)


You and a +1 on my personal guestlist for any shows in your area, twice a year.


Nude photos of Sweet Pea.