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BAYLI IS JUST A “KID” — JUST LIKE EVERYBODY

A young musician with pink hair sits on a stoop in Brooklyn, New York. Nothing out of the ordinary, really — until you learn it’s the stoop in front of her childhood home, and this same stoop is now the setting of the music video for her new song, “Kid.” Try wrapping your head around that and you’ll start to get a sense of the time-travelling, genre-defying, multitalented artist named Bayli. “I grew up in this house,” Bayli says, “so it’s crazy there’s a whole crew here. This is super meta.”

“I grew up in this house...
This is super meta.”

Coming of age

The autobiographical story of “Kid” is told in a series of interconnected scenes, each taking place in a different space in and around the house, skipping backward and forward through the stages of Bayli’s life. We glimpse Bayli aging magically before our eyes, all while singing and dancing and playing along with the music. Growing up, Mom loved reggae, ska, and punk, while Dad preferred oldies, disco, and classic rock. “I wanted to be a musician since I was really little,” Bayli says. “I remember watching an old concert on TV, like Led Zeppelin at Madison Square Garden. I just wanted to shred like Jimmy Page.”

“I just wanted to shred like Jimmy Page.”

Soundtracking her life

These days, wherever Bayli goes, her music goes with her. “My favorite way to listen to music is definitely walking around,” she says. “They just go hand in hand. It’s your life soundtrack, like whatever mood you’re in, it just sets the tone. In New York, you’re surrounded by people, but you’re just having your very own experience.”

“My favorite way to listen to music is definitely walking around.”

From house band to solo act

Her childhood home’s basement was the lab where Bayli and her siblings began to experiment. Real, live music, with amplified guitars, microphones, full drum kits, etc. “Very, very loud,” Bayli says. “And really bad.” In time, they got better and began to play in public, eventually calling themselves The Skins and becoming a well-regarded band in their own right. Soon Bayli became an in-demand songwriter-for-hire, penning tracks for other up-and-coming artists. And now as a solo artist, she’s making her most personal music yet. “There’s always some type of deeper message that I'm basically preaching to myself in my music,” Bayli says. “In ‘Kid’ it’s like ‘love yourself no matter what’ — which is pretty much the message in all of my music. And hopefully that makes it feel, I don’t know, empowering for people.”

“I’m basically preaching to myself in my music.”

Tangled up in style

Bayli’s music influences her style, which influences her music, and on and on it goes. Just don’t call it fashion. “Okay, fashion is not what I'm into,” Bayli says. “Style, my own personal style, I can speak to that. What you put on is how you’re feeling or where you’re at, at that moment in your life. How I express that is how I create.” Bayli first colored her hair to look like David Bowie. “It was flame red,” Bayli says, “but then I changed it to orange, and then yellow. Now we’ve landed on pink. I don’t know. Everyone’s like, ‘Your hair is so amazing.’ I’m like, ‘My hair is a struggle!’ Trying to put a comb through it. This is a childhood fact: many, many broken brushes. Huge problem. Huge.”

“Everyone’s like, ‘Your hair is so amazing!’ I’m like, ‘My hair is a struggle!’”

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