Saturnshine initially began as a side project for Christian Mesiano during the winter of 1998. It provided a vehicle for his love of early 80s new wave pop and early 90s dream pop as well as environmental soundscapes, ambient music and film scoring. In 1999, the first self-titled "Saturnshine EP" was recorded. Shortly thereafter, Saturnshine was put on hold to work on several other band related projects. In 2001, the second Saturnshine EP, "Tomorrow’s City", Today, was recorded. Once again, Christian began playing guitar in another band.