Need to Know: Logan Lynn
By Gregory Miller
So are you available now?
Yeah, I'm single. It feels weird. I haven't been in the single world for so long, I'm finding myself newly sober and newly single, and it's equaling out to me being a little bit awkward. [Laughs.] I'm trying to figure out how to do these basic things again. When I was single the first time around, I was so wasted that a lot of my experiences, whether that's sexually or trying to relate to people emotionally or even in my music... it's all sort of brand new again. It's making me feel like I'm just hitting puberty, but I'm a 30-year-old man. It's interesting. It's a new world, for sure.
Have you found that being an out artist has limited your career at all?
I haven't. I think I've found the opposite of that. I came out when I was 14, so by the time this whole music thing started to happen, which was about 10 years ago, I had been out for so long, that was the only thing I knew how to be. There wasn't really an option of going back in. But I certainly don't think I marketed myself that way. I didn't market myself at all. I kind of just started making records to help my brain along. I would give them to my friends, and they slowly started kind of leaking out. By the time 2006 happened, and I had my MySpace page, I personally started marketing to gay people individually, just thinking we'll be similar. [Laughs.] I think feeling alone or different -- or those themes in my music -- resonate with the gay community in a way that was sort of immediate, just because I do write from that perspective. I do think the world has changed enough from the time when I decided I wanted to do this to the time when we started marketing it that it's almost a selling point at this point. I grew up in Kansas and Nebraska, so I wouldn't have been able to imagine this in a pre-Will & Grace world. But things have changed enough now, where I think people are listening to the music for the most part, and not even thinking about that. I'm glad that people in the gay community have responded to me like they have, and I'm totally into it. It has made me feel less alone and more a part of the community, to have people in the community and outside of it respond to what I'm doing. It's been cool.
How much did it suck having the flu recently?
It sucked bad. I've never been sick like that. I never get sick. I'm not sure exactly what happened. My brother had a baby a couple years ago, and I love her to death and was hanging out with her. I believe she may have given me whatever she got from the hundred other kids she's been sticking her finger in the mouth of. It was gross, but I was holed up long enough to sit here and think about things. I was turning 32, and I was thinking, oh my God. There's something about the flu that lends itself to minor depression. I did lose some weight though! I looked good for my New York trip.
Speaking of New York, while you were at the CMJ festival in October you Tweeted that you were going to see Jeffree Star's set, but he didn't end up playing. You called it 'pretty lame.' Is there a feud brewing there?
[Laughs.] I hope not. I'd be afraid to be in a feud with that guy. No, actually I like him, that's why I went. I think that's a pretty bummer thing to do. It mostly reminded me of how I was a couple years ago -- something I could have pulled. The CMJ promoters were not very pleased, but it didn't really affect me. I went there in a Town Car, and then I took my Town Car back.
Lastly, Lady Gaga: Overexposed or overtly fabulous?
[Laughs.] I like Lady Gaga. I don't know, you might be asking the wrong person. I'm thinking overexposure is in the eye of the beholder. If that's what you're going for, which I think is part of the whole deal with her, it seems to be working. I think if you're exposing yourself in a way that you're comfortable with, then that's really your authentic self.
Logan Lynn's new album, From Pillar to Post is available at www.loganlynnmusic.com and in stores now.