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Electronic music/lyrics by Roi Robertson made at his studio in an ex-brothel in North London. For Live shows Roi is joined by Steve Bellamy on synths.


Roi started Mechanical Cabaret in 1999 and played his first live show in October that year at Gossips in Soho, London for the club night ‘Electric Dreams’. In 2001 they toured the UK with Katscan and Squid. Of particular note amongst the gigs that Mechanical Cabaret played during these early years, they supported Fad Gadget at his ‘comeback’ concert after 15 years away, at the Astoria in London.

In June 2002 Roi released his first CD ‘We Have An Agenda’ . The song ‘Nothing Special’ from the CD was picked up on by some American film-makers and used as part of the Metropolis Records soundtrack for the film ‘Gypsy 83’ which saw a cinematic release stateside and gained much critical acclaim, winning the Gay and Lesbian Film Award that year.

In 2003, Mechanical Cabaret supported Sheep On Drugs, The Damned, and they also toured the UK again, this time supporting Sigue Sigue Sputnik along with Greenhaus. Later that year, Roi contributed lyrics and vocals to a dance track called ‘Try Harder’ included on the album ‘Another Life’ by Greenhaus. Steve Bellamy from Greenhaus later went on to work with Roi on the recording, engineering and production of the second Mechanical Cabaret album ‘Product For Your Insecurity’, and is now a member of Mechanical Cabaret too.


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