Genevieve Sovereign Breaks Down Her Upcoming Single With Ben Tenison

Genevieve Sovereign released her debut EP ‘’Its Yours’’ in March 2022. The ep gave her the recognition she deserved, and after that she has lived up to her name, staying relevant in the music scene.

Maintaining that momentum, Genevieve Sovereign has partnered up to creatively explore electronic dance music, one of her first passions in music, in a series of tunes coming out this year and into the next.

With her next release expected to come out on 11/11/2022 titled “Vibration Angle” this is the first in a new series of IDM / EDM singles co-created between independent electronic singer-songwriter Genevieve Sovereign and composer-producer Ben Tenison.

In a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh, Genevieve Sovereign made some revelations about her personal life amongst other things, she also touched on her upcoming single with Ben Tenison.

This duo has crafted surreal soundscapes enmeshed with thought-provoking messages that truly see their journeys through. Ben Tenison, is himself a career musician and songwriter – as well as most recently a self-releasing pop artist under the pseudonym Roxley.

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What is your stage name?
Genevieve Sovereign

Is there a story behind your stage name?

Of course. 😉

Where do you find inspiration?

Everywhere. Anything and everything can be an inspiration, if you let it.

What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
I’ve always loved music, of pretty much any genre, for as long as I can remember (and probably beyond that too, haha).

Are you from a musical or artistic family?

My dad has always been an avid guitar-player and songwriter, and in his retirement years has begun performing at small country / folk / blues events back home in Canada. But no, I wouldn’t say that my parents exercised a lot of musical or artistic influence during my formative years. Not sure where I managed to pick it up, really!

Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?

I could never chalk it up to just one person. Every step of my journey and each person I’ve met along the way has helped shape me into who I am, and who I continue growing into.

How did you learn to sing/write/to play?

I picked up basic music theory in high school, learning to play concert flute. I went on to play in school bands and my city’s youth orchestra, before then moving off to uni where I played for a season in the pit orchestra of a campus musical comedy production.

Life got busy though, as it does, and I actually stopped playing anything at all for more than a decade – until Melbourne’s pandemic lockdowns of 2020. Ironically that’s when I got back into music, and started teaching myself guitar.

Once things opened up again, I began taking in-person guitar and singing lessons. I’m particularly keen to keep developing my voice now, and exploring where it wants to go from here!

What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Probably seeing Our Lady Peace with friends, back in high school. Good times…

How could you describe your music?
People have described my sound as a cross between Björk, Enya and Massive Attack. Maybe with a sprinkling of Ionna Lee and Mogli thrown in… But my most recent collab work with Ben Tenison actually has a much more EDM / pop flavour than the sounds from my EP.

This collaborative project of ours has been described as vibing a bit Human League meets Yazoo… And I’ll certainly take it, haha. 🙂

Describe your creative process.
Joyful. Exploratory. Experimental. I love the process of unfolding ideas, sculpting them, and then communicating them out into the world to see what people make of them!

That’s one of the things I love most about creating, in fact: That moment of connection, and what can spring forth from it both between people and within people.

What is your main inspiration?

The nature of existence I guess, LOL. I really love exploring what the meaning of life is, what it is to perceive something, and how it is that human existence is even a thing. Philosophy, spirituality, cognitive science – those are all endless sources of curiosity and inspiration for me.

What musician do you admire most and why?
Again, it would be impossible to pick just one. There are so many amazing humans in the world and across history – in music and beyond. I suppose most relevant to this specific context, I’m a very deep admirer of Björk. The things she’s accomplished and created, the doors she’s opened and the conventions she’s shattered throughout her career, are truly remarkable.

Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
I can’t imagine anyone ever honestly answering a negative response to this question. Has that ever happened? I’m intrigued…

Who do you see as your main competitor?
Myself. Of course! The only competition that could ever genuinely matter, I suppose… 🙂

What are your interests outside of music?
Multitudinous! I love learning new things, as well as exploring and developing fresh areas of skill and expertise. I’m particularly passionate about movement, and exploring the capabilities of the human body-mind form.

I’ve dabbled in a variety of movement systems over the years – from competitive gymnastics to martial arts to yoga and calisthenics, to breathwork and meditation, etc. The human system in all its nuances is an endless source of fascination for me.

I love learning new things, as well as exploring and developing fresh areas of skill and expertise

If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Probably some variant of what I’m already doing, which I guess is called a “portfolio career” these days. I’m quite active in a number of different areas and have a varied background, both academically and professionally. Keeps things interesting!

What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Feeling like I’m playing catch-up after all those years away from music. It’s been a real mental game getting back into this space, and feeling like I’m able to “keep up” with other musos who’ve continued doing it continuously over the years.

I know I’m capable and I know that “catching up” is an ephemeral idea at best, but sometimes I still find myself thinking I’ve got a lot of relearning to do – which I suppose I do, in many ways!

If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
That’s not the sort of thought-pathway I tend to explore, to be honest. It is what it is. Things are as they are. Instead, I prefer to think about how I can best adapt myself and my work around the systems and processes I’m operating in – how to identify and optimise the opportunities I have, in order to accomplish my aims.

Why did you choose this as the title of this project?

It vibed really well, given the angle.

What are your plans for the coming months?

“Vibration Angle” is only the first in a series of electronic / EDM singles that Ben and I are in the process of releasing. Our second in the series “Life Soaked Reveal” will be dropping Sunday 25 December, with the next release after that lined up for mid-February 2023 (and more on the way soon after!). We love to keep moving.

Do you have any artistic collaboration plans

Well, yes. Per above! But beyond that actually, also yes. I’ve been invited to contribute as a flutist to another project recently, in the Metal genre, which will be a cool change of pace and style. I’m looking forward to it!

What message would you like to give to your fans?

You can do eeeeet! Whatever it is you’ve got your heart and mind and soul set on: GO FOR IT.

Even if things don’t turn out the way you’d thought or hoped they would, you’ll still learn a heck of a lot on the way – and you’ll come out that much more enriched as a human. It’s always worth the journey, in my books. <3

Mister Styx
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