Mad/Soft Tees

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 Portrait © 2018 Joe Bulawan.

Portrait © 2018 Joe Bulawan.


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.

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.


Upcoming Shows


November 23
Toronto, ON

Details TBA.


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