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
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.