Upcoming Shows

Oct 12: Stockholm, SE
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Past Shows:
July 6 2019: Outland @ Mod Club Theatre • Toronto, ON
February 28: w/ Prince Ness & Rogue Tenant @ Handlebar • Toronto, ON
February 9: Okiya Release Party @ Shamone • Toronto, ON
November 22. Cartridge Jam @ Dundas Video • Toronto, ON
August 26, NEON Retrofest @ Crowne Plaza Hotel Providence  • Warwick, RI
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

Photo of Mecha Maiko performing at Outland Toronto 2019. Image credit: Farrell Tremblay for  Vehlinggo.

Photo of Mecha Maiko performing at Outland Toronto 2019. Image credit: Farrell Tremblay for Vehlinggo.

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 FM Attack, Perturbator, and Betamaxx. She has produced remixes for Makeup & Vanity Set, Crying Vessel, and Michael Oakley, and produced “Be Alright” on Dana Jean Phoenix’s latest album, Pixel Dust. She currently is based in Toronto, Canada.

Her debut record, Mad but Soft, was released early 2018 with New Retro Wave Records, which saw a repress in August 2019. Her next major release was Okiya, which took a hard experimental turn from her original synthwave-leaning sound. After collaborating with Bulkhead for the single Chloroform on ORO records, she continued her relationship with the label, returning to a pop-oriented approach for the dancefloor single Phones in May 2019.

Mecha Maiko has had the pleasure of performing live and djing in Toronto, Ottawa, Philadelphia, New York, and Rhode Island. She was a guest speaker for the Ladies of Synth panel at NEON Retrofest, and will appear in the forthcoming 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.