Loren started out on the trombone, taking lessons from 4th grade until his freshman year of college. He taught himself to play the drums in 7th grade at the age of 12.
He sang in the high school choir in his junior year, and had the lead in the class play, Guys and Dolls, the same year. While attending Westminster college, Loren sang in the concert choir, including a two-week tour in California. He also studied music education for a year in college.
Loren has played drums in bands on and off from 7th grade until 1995, replacing Tin Whiskers' original drummer in 2008.