Introducing Mint Simon – the debut solo project from Caveboy front person, Michelle Bensimon. Mint Simon (they/them) has been writing songs for years, keeping them locked away in a tiny folder on a hard drive not knowing if they’d ever see the light of day. After many collaborations, they asked themselves, if I could make whatever music I wanted – what would I do? The answer always came back to pop – emotional, danceable, leave it all on the floor pop. Today, they share their debut single “Used For Love,” produced by Isabelle Banos.
“This song is a love letter to myself, a reminder that there is nothing wrong with indulging in pleasure” explains Simon. “It’s a love letter to all the lovers on the other end of the phone and a love letter to desire. It is my debut single for my new project and a full pop explosion of me diving into what feels like my musical/personal prime.”
The new video for “Used For Love” is directed by Mathieu Samson.
“This video is also the first time I am performing in my new body which is both scary and thrilling – but I have never felt more like myself than I do now” adds Simon.
Simon has gone through many transitions, from subtle to all-encompassing, and when they started working with long-time collaborator/producer/BFF Isabelle Banos on some music they had written, “Used For Love” came together effortlessly. Although Michelle and Isabelle have collaborated many times in the past, this is the first Mint Simon collaboration.
“We wanted the song to feel dance-able but emotional. Emo-dance-pop, or maybe Grunge Vogue” says Banos. “Either way, we wanted to make people feel the desire in the song, the longing and the liberation.”
“It has always been my intention to be fully myself, but over the last few years I realized how much I was hiding my identity for no other reason than fear” says Simon. “It took some major life decisions to shake me into the person I’ve been thriving to be and I feel ready now more than ever to show the world who I really am and “Used For Love” is just the beginning of my new pop journey.”
Music has touched my soul since day one. Whether it is performing or sitting down with some of the biggest names in music, I can always be found sharing my profoundly tender affection of music with anyone who will listen. Being a music journalist has allowed me to expand my knowledge of music and interact with some of my biggest childhood heroes. From days of radio broadcasting to sitting back, kicking off my cowboy boots and sharing my adventures with likeminded music fans online has been nothing short of amazing. Canada is full of true musical talent and I look forward to continuing to share my adventures in music with you.