Mecha Maiko is a synth pop project by Hayley Stewart.
She was the lead producer and a vocalist for Dead Astronauts from 2011 until her departure at the end of 2016. Dubbed “one of synthwave’s most recognizable voices” by the influential New Retro Wave, Hayley has appeared on a number of iconic tracks by the likes of Perturbator, GosT, and Arcade High. She currently lives in Toronto, concocting strange blends of glittery and dark electronic influences that test the confines of the synth pop genre.
Waking from a nostalgic vision of the past, her music confronts the present with a glowing defiance.
Her debut record, Mad but Soft, was released early 2018 with New Retro Wave Records. Mad Soft Butt soon followed, a remix album that compiled new takes on the originals by the likes of artists such as ALEX, Betamaxx, and Protector 101.