Logan Lynn performing at Beatbox in San Francisco, California - July 2013.
|Birth name||Logan Dennis Lynn|
|Born||October 15, 1979|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, writer, and activist
Chief communications officer, Trillium Family Services
|Labels||Beat the World Records
Logan Lynn Music
|Associated acts||The Dandy Warhols
Boy In Static
Logan Dennis Lynn (born October 15, 1979) is an American musician, writer, producer, television personality and activist from Portland, Oregon.
Lynn's music is most commonly classified in the pop, indie, electronic, techno and dance genres. He has released seven studio albums, and he is the former host of Logo's weekly music video countdown cable television show "NewNowNext Music".
Since 2009, Lynn has been immersed in charitable activism and advocacy, working with Portland's Q Center, QDOC: Queer Documentary Film Festival, Fashion Design Camp, the Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC) and Trillium Family Services. Since 2014, Lynn has served as Chief Communications Officer for Trillium Family Services, Oregon's largest provider of mental and behavioral healthcare for children and families.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Music career
- 3 Commercial spots, TV and film
- 4 Editorial work
- 5 Activism and Advocacy
- 6 Discography
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Lynn was born to William Dennis Lynn, a Christian minister, and Debra Lynn "Debby" Lynn (née Stockburger). Lynn's paternal grandmother, LaVanda Mae Fielder, was a piano and vocal instructor who worked out of her home. One of her pupils was a young Johnny Cash. Lynn's father was a traveling preacher and proponent of a Christian touring sermon series known as "The Strong Family Seminar". This resulted in Lynn's family living on the road for much of his childhood and later changing their permanent residence several times. In 1981, at the age of 2, Lynn and his parents moved from his birthplace of Lubbock, Texas to York, Nebraska, where they spent the next eight years. While in York, Dennis and Debby had a second son, Landon Lee Lynn (born September 1, 1984). In 1989, the family moved to Midland, Michigan, but returned to York for one year beginning in 1993. This was followed by brief stints in Jackson, Tennessee (1994–1995), another return to York (1995), Olathe, Kansas (1995–1996), and then his first arrival in Portland, Oregon in the summer of 1996.
Lynn's mother enrolled him in dance classes during his childhood. To encourage his interest in the performing arts, his parents converted their garage into a stage; he was involved in local choir and musical theater, and acted in numerous plays in high school. When Lynn was 7 years old he suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a family friend who came to live with the Lynn family for a year. As a reaction to this abuse, many years later he would become an advocate for sexual assault survivors. Oppressive teachings from the church would in time cause Lynn to develop a disdain for his fundamentalist Christian upbringing. As a teenager, he began listening to musical acts that were blacklisted and forbidden by many Christian literary reviews as well as in the Lynn family home. At 14, Lynn first acknowledged he was gay and left the church. Lynn attended York High School in York, Nebraska during his returns to that area in 1993–94, then transferred to Jackson Christian High School in Jackson, Tennessee before returning to York High at the end of '94.
That summer, Lynn moved from rural York, Nebraska to Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, and befriended Jim Suptic, Ryan Pope and Rob Pope of The Get Up Kids at Olathe South High School from 1995–96. and spent much of his time in Kansas City. The party outlet led him to get his feet wet as a DJ, and he started to write songs to help him cope with teenage angst and rejection after he moved to Portland, Oregon in 1996.
After high school, Lynn enrolled at Kansas City's Westport School of Art and Design in the summer of 1996 where he studied foundations in art. He then attended a summer art program in Portland and shortly thereafter he enrolled at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).
1998–2007: early career and first hiatus
Just two years after moving to Portland, Oregon from the Midwestern United States, Logan Lynn had become friends with Portland music scene-makers The Dandy Warhols and Elliott Smith and other local bands who were just starting to take off in the mainstream. In 1998 Lynn released a lo-fi demo mixtape of his own work, This Is Folk Techno, made with a Casio SK-1. Still too young to perform in nightclubs, he began playing live house shows and performing at underground warehouse dance parties in Portland, sometimes solo and sometimes backed by musician Richard Cawley, who would later go on to form MarchForth Marching Band. Lynn later re-released the songs from This Is Folk Techno on his 2013 album Pull The Plug.
He was eventually granted a studio pass to create his first full-length album, GLEE, which was produced by Portland indie producer PFog and released on October 15, 2000. Lynn's first music video was made for the "Here We Go Again" single, shot and directed by Bryan White and Chris Tucker, and produced by Logan Lynn Music. The buzz around Lynn and sudden notoriety as a result of his debut onto the Pacific NW indie music scene did not mix well with his introverted composition and he became very reclusive amidst positive reviews and "crippling stage fright".
Lynn became addicted to cocaine and alcohol and retreated into Portland's underground party scene. This drug-fueled hiatus from public appearances or performances would last for five years, landing Logan in the hospital and drug rehab several times. GLEE was re-released in 2005, upon Lynn's return to the music scene.
His second, self-titled album had a darker, indie electropop sound and was self-released in 2006. The songs "Come Home" and "Burning Your Glory" were instant standouts when Lynn amassed a following on MySpace that same year. This led to playing in front of 400,000 people at the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco with The Presets, Bob Mould and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. Lynn released videos for "Ring Around", "Come Home" and "Show Me The World", which was also included in the soundtrack for Mark Jerako's film Feeble In Fuchsia. All three videos were produced by Logan Lynn Music. Lynn opened for Storm Large in a sold-out show at Portland's historic Crystal Ballroom in November 2006 after winning a series of "Battle of the Bands" events sponsored by Rock Star Energy Drink.
In 2007 Lynn began working with a new producer, Carlos Cortes, and released a 5-song EP of new material titled "Clean & Stupid EP", with the single "Feed Me to the Wolves". Released on his own label, it was distributed by Devious Planet Media in New York City. Around that same time, Lynn stopped performing live with his original lineup of Damon Hays and Roland Williams and reworked his live show with producer Cortes.
2007-2010: signs with major label, drug overdose and rehab
In September 2007, Logan Lynn had a feature showcase at Portland's MusicFest NW festival. Later that month he was contacted by The Dandy Warhols. Courtney Taylor-Taylor had heard his early work, attended his showcase at Portland's Musicfest NW festival, and offered him a contract with the band's new label, Beat the World Records. The Warhols re-released Lynn's previous efforts on the label in the form of a package called The Complete Collection in advance of releasing Lynn's new single. After being signed, Logan returned to the studio and released a second EP, Feed Me to the Wolves.
Logan's association with DList.com owner Daniel Nardicio landed him a gig playing a party during the 2007 New York City Gay Pride celebration. His performance was seen by a representative from MTV's Logo network. The LGBT-interest channel was interested in building its offering of artists and acts and recruited Lynn. They secured the rights to his music video for "Burning Your Glory" initially. It first aired on television in April 2007. After spending 2 weeks airing on “NewNowNext” the video spent 11 consecutive weeks on Logo’s viewer-voted weekly music video countdown show “The Click List”, landing at the #3 spot on the countdown in June 2007. In October 2007 Lynn's music video for his single "Feed Me To The Wolves" was premiered on Logo. The video was an instant hit with the network and online with fans. Logo picked "Burning Your Glory" as one of the top 10 videos of the year in 2007. The following year, Lynn made his first TV appearance as host of Logo's hour-long NewNowNext countdown, in which he discussed his beginnings, influences, and career happenings. Logo entered the "Feed Me To The Wolves" video into heavy rotation on the series "NewNowNext" as well as "The Click List: Top 10 Videos" in 2008. The video was also featured on Time/Warner On-Demand for the month of October that year. The video spent months on the top 10 countdown and Logo picked "Feed Me To The Wolves" as one of the top 10 videos of 2008. Lynn's videos have continued to show up on Logo, VH1 & MTV as well as in commercial spots and hosting gigs for the Logo channel since 2007.
During this time, Lynn's addictions reached a peak. He overdosed on a mixture of crack cocaine and alcohol and suffered a TIA pre-stroke attack in 2008. He spent a large portion of the year in rehab in St. Helens, Oregon. Lynn's stay in St. Helens stopped work on an in-process album for Beat the World Records and caused him to be let go from an in-process reality show with The Weinstein Company. While in rehab, ADD-TV nominated Lynn for Best New Artist and in two Best Video categories for the HX Magazine/ADD-TV 2008 "Pill Awards". He was released later that year and has remained clean. In September 2008, he was given his own showcase performance at Portland's MusicFest NW festival for the 2nd year in a row.
In 2009 Lynn's new album, From Pillar To Post, was announced, named for a phrase commonly used by his maternal grandmother. Lynn released a video for "Write It On My Left Arm" in August 2009, which was directed by Trip Ross and produced by Uncultivated Studios. Logan stopped working with producer Carlos Cortes and began performing with Portland indie glitch pop musician Cars & Trains. From Pillar To Post was released in September. That same year, URB Magazine ran a feature article on Lynn and the new record, writing “The singer/songwriter sets his heartfelt confessionals to the sound of blaring synths, driving drum rhythms, and pulsing basslines. Sonically adventurous yet possessing the pop sensibilities that lesser artists would forsake in the name of artsiness, Lynn is set to become the new golden boy of sensitive electro-pop.”
Lynn was given his own industry showcase at the 2009 CMJ Music Marathon festival, where he performed with Portland indie pop outfit Cars & Trains as his backup. Leading up to this show, MTV Iggy wrote "Oregonian troubadour Logan Lynn backs his emotive vocals with glitchy techno, resulting in bare synth pop that’s somewhere between Moby and Pedro the Lion. He’s playing at New York’s CMJ fest on Tuesday October 20th at midnight at the Bowery Electric." on their site alongside a post of Lynn's music videos. Logan also had a showcase at Musicfest Northwest in Portland, Oregon in 2009, his 3rd MFNW showcase in a row. In November 2009 Lynn released a music video for "Bottom Your Way To The Top", which was produced by Logan Lynn Music. The video featured Illustrations by John Parot from the Bravo TV Series "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist".
The release of From Pillar To Post coincided with a limited edition, 4-Volume Remix EP Collection of reworked, original songs from the main album. Titled “Blood in the Water", it featured collaborations between Lynn and Styrofoam and Boy In Static as well as 16 other bands and DJs, which Lynn later re-released with new tracks as a double album in 2011.
Lynn recorded a cover of The Dandy Warhols' song "The Last High", which was produced by Bryan Cecil and released as a single by Beat the World Records/Caroline Records/EMI on January 19, 2010. The music video for "The Last High" single was directed by Rebecca Micciche and produced by Bystander Productions.
2010-2012: splits with major label, second hiatus, charity work
Under pressure from his label and management, late in 2009 Lynn drastically reworked his live show from performing the electropop originals of his songs with Cars & Trains to post-punk versions of the tracks with Portland alternative rock group The Gentry. Lynn debuted this new lineup in a performance at The Dandy Warhols' Odditorium for CBS News, and he announced that he was leaving Beat the World Records in July 2010. He completed a Summer tour of the U.S. with The Gentry, canceled plans for a 2nd leg of the tour and fulfilled his remaining contractual obligations to the label. He did not perform between August 2010 and his performance at Beatbox in San Francisco in June 2013. After leaving the label, it would take Lynn until February 2013 to obtain the rights to his name and work from EMI.
As a result of his departure from Beat the World Records, Lynn ended up self-releasing the album he had been working on for the label, "I Killed Tomorrow Yesterday", on August 31, 2010 as a benefit for Portland's Q Center. One hundred percent of the profits of "I Killed Tomorrow Yesterday" went to benefit the LGBTQ community the 1st year of its release. The record was co-written, produced and mixed by Bryan Cecil. and was named Album of the Year in 2010 by QPDX, Just Out and other media outlets. Out Magazine wrote “Logan Lynn’s emo-disco-pop blend has already made him a hit with gay guys who like to hear their lives — from the highs to the lows — set to music. His ability to capture melancholy and melody is really no surprise, given that the grandmother who taught him about music also taught a similarly emotional man, Johnny Cash.” in an interview with Lynn.
In June 2011, Lynn’s “Quickly As We Pass” video premiered on Logo and MTV to positive reviews in the press. The video was directed by Jeffrey McHale and produced by Logan Lynn Music. Because of the nudity in the video, Logo, MTV and VH1 rejected the first three versions of the video. A black bar-edited, censored version would appear on those outlets instead. In July 2011 David Byrne from Talking Heads was quoted in Chicago newspaper The Windy City Times as saying "Imagine forward-thinking Imogen Heap mentoring a DIY artist with the hipster sound stemming from Brooklyn. The end product would be 'Quickly As We Pass'...the song is very catchy."
In the fall of 2011 Logan Lynn contributed a song, "Movies", to Live From Nowhere Near You (Volume 2). In December 2011 he released a free five-song digital EP titled Everything You Touch Turns To Gold made entirely of new, acoustic material.
Logan Lynn released a new single "Turn Me Out" on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The song was co-written by David Appaloosa from Portland band The Hugs, produced by Gino Mari, and recorded at The Country Club recording studios in Portland. In an article which contained an interview with Lynn and a review of the new single, The Advocate Magazine wrote “Somehow, a kid who grew up in a fundamentalist Christian church where even musical instruments were too secular to have around has developed into an innovative adult musician with a dirty-honest edge. 'Turn Me Out,' the debut track off his upcoming fifth studio album, Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks, is blunt, raunchy, and fun.” In July 2012 Lynn released the "Turn Me Out" music video, which was directed by photographer Curtis Speer and produced by Logan Lynn Music. This video was again picked up by Logo for premier on the network's "NewNowNext" series, but the network canceled the series before it premiered. Lynn released the "Turn Me Out" Remix E.P. in August 2012 with the second single from the new record titled "Do You Want Me Or Not?" following closely behind in September. The "Do You Want Me Or Not?" single also included a new remix of "Turn Me Out" by 1980's synth pop sensation Animotion.
In November 2012 Logan Lynn Produced and released a compilation record for charity titled "Comp 175" which featured 36 bands, 45 songs, and was sold for $15. 100% of the proceeds from this record go to benefit Q Center, which operates both the LGBTQ Community Center and the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC) in Portland, Oregon. Artists featured on "Comp 175" include Lynn, Peaches, Matt Alber, God-Des & She, Magic Mouth, Scream Club, Christeene and more.
2012-present: return to the stage, mainstream exposure
He released a new 10 song album on December 4, 2012 called Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks. Produced by Gino Mari and recorded and mixed at The Country Club studios in Portland, the record featured collaborations with Los Angeles electropop band Father Tiger, David Appaloosa from Portland indie boyband The Hugs, Spencer Lee Carroll from DJ duo LackLustre, The Gentry, Rowan Wren, Noah Daniel Wood, and more. The album debuted at #93 on the iTunes Pop 100 to critical praise, and was named "Album of the Year" by multiple media outlets. A review in the Willamette Week read "Former Dandy Warhols protégé Portland electropopper Logan Lynn is back with 'Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks', a layered confection of shiny beats, blips and synths with more lyrical heft than the average dance-floor soundtrack".
In January 2013 Logan Lynn released the music video for "Hologram", directed by Adrian Sotomayor and Aaron Bear. It premiered on Out Magazine's website.
In August 2013, Lynn released a music video for his next single from Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks, "Everything You Touch Turns To Gold". The video was directed by Rowan Wren, who also sings lead vocals, and featured Lynn and Wren with metal sculpture work by Portland artist Christopher Truax. The video again premiered on Out Magazine's website and was picked up by The Huffington Post other media outlets from there.
In May 2013, Lynn held another public remix contest and released a second 5-song remix EP called Dance Alone featuring the winners. In June 2013, after taking a three-year hiatus from performing, Logan Lynn headlined the Queer Music Summer Tour Benefit For LGBTQ Mental Health Services & Suicide Prevention alongside Big Dipper, Conquistador, Rica Shay and others in support of Q Center in Portland, the Ali Forney Center in New York City, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, The Stonewall Project in San Francisco and Pride Foundation in Seattle. Later that June, Lynn released Pull The Plug, a re-release of his lost 1998 mixtape This Is Folk Techno. In August he released Live from Seattle, a recording of his July 14, 2013 performance at Seattle's Chop Suey venue.
In September 2013, Lynn released a cover of "We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus, produced by Gino Mari. New York Magazine called Lynn's version "dreamy, guitar-heavy" and The Huffington Post wrote that it was "bold" and "warmer" than the original. The lyric video for the song, made up of images from the preceding 15 years of Lynn's musical career, was watched over 750,000 times during its first 3 months on YouTube. Miley Cyrus went on to perform Lynn and Mari's arrangement of the song on Saturday Night Live October 5, 2013.
On Halloween of 2013 Lynn released a music video for the album's title track, directed by Kevin Forrest and Ben Starkey and produced by Hippodrome Films.
In April 2014 Logan Lynn released a limited edition compact disc version of his 2012 album "Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks" on his own label and played a showcase at Mo-Wave 2014, voted "Best Festival" by Seattle Weekly. In June of that year Lynn released the fifth single and music video from "Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks", titled "Radio Silent". Produced by Logan Lynn Music, the video was directed by filmmaker Runn Shayo and featured behind-the-scenes and live performance clips from Lynn's 2013 summer tour of the U.S. In an interview with Australian pop culture blog Tabloid Junk, Logan Lynn confirmed that he is mid-process with a new album, due out in 2015.
On September 9, 2014 Lynn released the first two songs from his forthcoming 2015 album in the form of a two-song single titled "We Will Overcome". The single contained the title track as well as a song called "Break Me Down". "Break Me Down" spent 6 weeks in the Top 10 on Colombian pop radio, prompting Lynn to do many interviews and radio spots in the country, with Escena Indie en Colombia naming the track #2 in their Top 5 Songs of 2014 Countdown. The release of the "We Will Overcome" single was the first original music released by Logan Lynn since 2012's "Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks". On September 30, 2014 Lynn released the "We Will Overcome" music video, directed by Andrew Carreon, and featuring vintage super 8 family film clips spliced together with studio clips of Lynn. The exclusive world premiere was hosted by Vortex Music Magazine.
Logan Lynn appeared on the cover of the December 2014 issue of Proud Times Magazine. During the 18 page spread, Lynn was interviewed about his longterm relationship ending, his passion for mental health advocacy, his new album, his experience of being a person in recovery from drugs and alcohol, and more. That same month, Lynn was also featured in Loud and Proud Entertainment Magazine.
Commercial spots, TV and film
In 2007, filmmaker Mark Jerako used Lynn's "Show Me The World" on the official soundtrack for his feature-length film Feeble In Fuchsia. In October 2010 "Feed Me To The Wolves" was used on the soundtrack for Episode 6 of Brandon Semenuk's show "Coastal Crew". In 2011 Mutiny Bikes used Logan Lynn's "Velocity" for their "Battle Los Angeles" special on ESPN. Lynn's "Hologram" was used in "One Day With Jordi Tixier", a 2013 short-film featuring French motocross star Jordi Tixier. The fashion house of Oscar de la Renta used Logan Lynn's "Turn Me Out" for their Spring/Summer 2013 Men's Collection campaign. Designer Nicole Miller used Lynn's "The Last High (Y-Tron Remix)" for her Spring 2013 campaign.
In 2010, Logan Lynn founded QBlog, the official blogspace of Q Center in Portland. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of QBlog since its creation. In January 2012, he began writing a weekly column for The Huffington Post and has published articles for HuffPost Gay Voices, HuffPost Green, HuffPost Healthy Living, Huffpost Celebrity and HuffPost Entertainment. He had a monthly column called "In The Trenches" in Portland's Just Out Magazine during its final incarnation, before closing its doors in 2013. He has also been a frequent contributor to The Portland Mercury and Moviefone.
Activism and Advocacy
In 2010, Lynn began working with Portland's Q Center in the role of Public Relations and Innovations Manager, staying in this position until October 2014, when he accepted a job as Chief Communications Officer at Trillium Family Services, Oregon's largest provider of mental and behavioral healthcare for children and families. He joined Trillium in 2014.
- This Is Folk Techno/Pull The Plug (1998)
- GLEE (2000)
- Logan Lynn (2006)
- From Pillar To Post (2009)
- I Killed Tomorrow Yesterday (2010)
- Blood In The Water (2011)
- Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks (2012)
- Clean & Stupid EP (2007)
- Feed Me To The Wolves EP (2007)
- Blood In The Water 4-volume limited edition EP collection (2009)
- Everything You Touch Turns To Gold Acoustic EP (2012)
- Turn Me Out (Remix EP) (2012)
- Dance Alone EP (2013)
- Live From Seattle (2013)
- Here We Go Again (2000)
- Ring Around (2006)
- Come Home (2006)
- Show Me The World (2007)
- Come Home (13 Puzzle Pieces Remix) (2007)
- Burning Your Glory (Empire Edit) (2007)
- Feed Me To The Wolves (2007)
- Write It On My Left Arm (2009)
- Bottom Your Way To The Top (2009)
- The Last High (2010)
- Quickly As We Pass (2011)
- Turn Me Out (2012)
- Hologram (2013)
- Everything You Touch Turns To Gold (Album Version) (2013)
- Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks (2013)
- We Can't Stop (2013)
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