Mint Simon is a clear up-and-comer who got the chance to catch up with them in the pop scene and Beyond The Stage! We talked about all things music, including their new single “Some Of Everything” and the possibility of some shows later this year. Read on for the full deets on Mint Simon!
Beyond The Stage: How did you get started in music?
Mint Simon: So I was a theatre kid, went to theatre school for college and university… I always knew I loved performing, but I couldn’t quite figure out in what way I wanted to do it (I also didn’t think I could ever make a living in the arts). When I joined my band, Caveboy, I immediately fell in love with writing and performing music. I was so incredibly shy when it came to singing, so I didn’t think it was something I could do long-term, which makes me smile a bit to myself now as it’s my favourite part of the job.
BTS: How would you describe your sound to someone who hasn’t heard it before?
MS: I would say it’s pop music with influences of the 80s and 90s – everything I do touches on those decades, whether it’s intentional or not. It’s honest, it’s definitely authentic, and I write about my feelings on love, identity, desire and impulses. With some danceable heavy bass!
BTS: Who are some of your musical influences?
MS: I’d say, Prince, Freddie Mercury, Stevie Nicks, Cher have been major through-lines in my life. Merging with Robyn and Harry Styles, I’m influenced by strong songwriting and stuff that gets me either dancing or crying or both.
Stream “Some Of Everything” by Mint Simon on Spotify below.
BTS: What was the recording and writing process like for your latest single, “Some Of Everything”?
MS: I have always wanted to write a song that lyrically connects with my identity, my confusion, and my relationship to other people through their lens.
I’m beyond grateful to my main collaborator and producer, Isabelle Banos. She sent me this track that she made that sounded like something I’d never heard from her before, and I INSTANTLY had the chorus locked down. It was so effortless.
We then brought in our pal Breagh Isabel who’s just this incredible songwriter, because I really felt like I needed another brain to help flush out a concept that was so personal and vulnerable for me. I remember thinking, is the chorus too direct & simple? And they were both like; it’s perfect.
BTS: Do you have a favorite line from the song?
MS: “But I’m done playing it safe, baby.”
BTS: You’re dropping a video for the single — what was the best part of creating it?
MS: I can honestly say that shooting this video was one of the best days of my life/career. We were on a budget, we were working so fast, everyone had their tasks and they showed up with 100% presence ready to create something special. I’m so lucky that I got to work with a bunch of queer folks on a queer-driven story that resonated with all of us. & being chained to an altar as a vampire with glitter all over me? Not a bad day at the office.
Watch the “Some Of Everything” music video on YouTube below.
BTS: Now that tours are starting to come back, what are you most excited about when you’re able to tour again?
MS: It’s wild because I haven’t even played these songs live yet! They were mostly written in the pandemic, and the project (though it had been circling my mind for years) was only executed in the pandemic, so I’m figuring things out on the fly. Currently am putting together a live show, and it’s so exciting to imagine playing these songs for people. My favourite place to be is on stage, connecting with and making new fans which just feels so much better in person.
BTS: What artists have you had on repeat recently?
MS: I’m really into the new Charlotte Cardin album!
BTS: What does 2021 have in store for you?
MS: Releasing more music, and if I can get on stage before the end of the year and perform, I will joy-cry.