Cartridge Jam V

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 Photo of Mecha Maiko performing at NEON Retrofest 2018. Image credit: Limmazene via Twitter.

Photo of Mecha Maiko performing at NEON Retrofest 2018. Image credit: Limmazene via Twitter.

 

Mecha Maiko is a synth pop project by Hayley Stewart.

She began her musical career as the lead producer and a vocalist for the synthwave act Dead Astronauts between 2011-2016. Dubbed “one of synthwave’s most recognizable voices” by New Retro Wave, Hayley has written and sung on a number of tracks by the likes of Perturbator, GosT, and Arcade High. She has produced remixes for Makeup & Vanity Set, Crying Vessel, and Femmepop, and produced “Be Alright” on Dana Jean Phoenix’s latest album, Pixel Dust. 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 followed in April 2018, and features remixes by artists such as ALEX, Betamaxx, and Protector 101. Unloved and Unreleased, a limited run of self-recorded tapes that contained an assortment of unreleased and rejected tracks from Hayley’s repertoire, quickly sold out in June 2018. Mecha Maiko’s upcoming EP, Okiya, is slated for release in 2019.

Mecha Maiko has had the pleasure of performing live in Toronto, Ottawa, Philadelphia, and most recently, at the NEON Retrofest in Providence, Rhode Island. She was a guest speaker for the Ladies of Synth panel at NEON and will be appearing in the synthwave documentary The Rise of The Synths.

For people who like distinctive synthwave that opts to be something different and something authentic, this is going to be a melancholic, catchy and unique album that will deserve multiple spins.
— Joey Edsall, New Retro Wave

The 15 Best Synth Tracks of March 2018

Curated by Indie Discotheque, this list includes CHVRCHES, Poppy, The New Division, and Ladytron.

The 'Mad But Soft' Power of Mecha Maiko

Vehlinggo goes in-depth for an interview that looks at the history and future of Mecha Maiko.

Album Review: Mad But Soft

Nail Polish and City Lights

An interview with Robin Ono. The album review of Mad But Soft can be found here.

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Upcoming Shows

 

November 22
Toronto, ON

Cartridge Jam V at Dundas Video
RSVP: Facebook

 

Past Shows:
August 26, NEON Retrofest @ Crowne Plaza Hotel Providence  • Warwick, RI
See Vehlinggo's coverage of the performances here!
August 24, Kung Feel Me @ District N9NE • Philadelphia, PA
June 16, Handlebar • Toronto, ON
May 11, Switched on Synths @ House of TARG • Ottawa, ON
February 20, Album Release Party @ Dundas Video • Toronto, ON

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