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 January 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.