Lorin Drexler (aka Loryn) is an American poet, musician, songwriter, performer, music producer, teaching artist, and novelist. Rooted from the windy city of Chicago and currently residing in Mesa, Arizona, he has worked and lived in various US cities coast to coast. Experimental in nature, provocative in metaphor and mellifluous in sound, art truly is the ritual of his practice and teachings.
Writing freelance poetry at the age of 15 began the footwork of his projections and aspirations to create sound. Having an interest in lyrical poetry, his desire progressed to songwriting and learning guitar. At 18, Lorin formed his transitory first band, The Screaming Poets. Shortly after, while attending Columbia College Chicago for creative writing, he organized another project called Satori. This group featured an accoutrement of musicians and styles over the course of its existence. From indie folk to punkish hard rock to downtempo electronica, it was its own versatile caravan.
Post-Satori and a plethora of songs later, his interest in the world of engineering and electronic music production began while working with a friend producer/DJ. He became acquainted with various elements of music software and hardware, and started building his own production suite. The electronica artist Loryn (www.loryn.net) was born within this process. Over the years, this method of designing music developed into a unique cohesion of computer production with organic guitar songwriting.
Furthering his advancement in the technological arts, Lorin attended SAE Institute located in the heart of New York City, and graduated at the top of his class. After completing the program he continued his journey as a music artist, writing, performing and publishing four original albums and one single. Jointly, signed as Loryn with GoDIY Records, he began offering a licensing/production service to other artists, pitching original remixes of their songs to opportunities in television.
Under Loryn, in 2011, he began releasing monthly newsletters to his fans and subscribers. In addition to artist updates, his passion for writing crept in and became part of the newsletters. In 2015, he compiled the newsletters into a novel anthology of poetry, prose, and flash fiction called Re-edit (available now on Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/lorindrexler). Shortly after this, he began receiving publication for his work as well as being inducted into the widely acclaimed Poets & Writers: www.pw.org/content/lorin_drexler.
Continuing on his creative journey, while freelancing as a music teacher and music producer on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2017, Lorin begin developing a blogsite (thanks to a few conversations with a friend/drummer/business coach in a band he was producing). He decided to name his blog Gen Society (www.gensociety.com) based off a series of synchronous experiences affiliated with a novel he has in the works called Genesis. Gen Society is an art space blog for creative writing, music releases, visual art & poetry collaborations, and travel story photography.
Most recently, after moving in 2018 to Mesa Artspace Lofts in Mesa, Arizona, Lorin has been offering teachings of his creative skillsets independently through his business and through a series of classes and workshops at various institutions in Arizona. To name a few, he has been working with the Mesa Arts Center, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU, Edna Vihel Arts Center, North Valley Regional Library, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, and Music & Arts.
As a performer, Loryn has played alongside artists such as Local H and Rusted Root frontman, Michael Glabicki. He has played multiple music festivals and parades, venues as extravagant as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Double Door, and worked with avant-garde theatre giants, Collaboraction, as outsourced musical talent. As a music producer, Loryn has released four studio albums and one single, all currently distributed worldwide. In addition to his repertoire as a music artist, Lorin has produced other artists such as Chase Makai from Nahko and Medicine for the People, Ammon & Lia out of Utah, and the Beach Road Band in Hawaii. As a poet & fiction writer, Lorin’s work has appeared in tNY Press, LitroNY, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Apocrypha and Abstractions, Black Elephant and Maudlin House. Lorin was also an awarded recipient in the 2019 Tempe Writing Contest.