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Published on Apr 5, 2019
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Romantic electronic pop artist Baby Dayliner (aka Ethan Marunas aka Babbs) was born and raised in New York City, and went to LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, and the Performing Arts, also known as the "FAME" high school. After playing in various bands, Marunas became deft at synths, samplers, and recording, eventually deciding to take the stage as a solo act. Enter: the Baby Dayliner stage show. He was discovered by Brassland in 2001 at the dawn of NYC's indie rock hype-cycle, where he had emerged as a pioneer of the 00s NYC scene. While Brassland flagship band, The National, were still struggling to catch a break, Baby Dayliner was packing downtown clubs — inspiring the band, as well as the label.
Rabid fans would fill his shows singing along to every hyper-literate lyric, while mimicking his stage moves. Embodying the effortless cool of Frank Sinatra and the romanticism of Morrissey, The National's Matt Berninger says that it was, in part, Baby Dayliner's fearlessness on stage that gave him license to become a front person in the first place. His influences include Hall and Oates, Kabuki theater music, early hip-hop (Nas' first album. Common's Resurrection, the first couple De La Soul albums). And this music is RIYL Serge Gainsbourg, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, New Order, David Bowie, Daft Punk, The Smiths, or the Magnetic Fields.