Artist to Watch: Troye Sivan
Artist to Watch: Troye Sivan
He’s one of Billboard’s hottest music stars under 21, had an EP peak in the top five in 66 different countries, and beat out Halsey and Travis Scott for an MTV European Music Award this year. So… who is Troye Sivan?
20-year-old Troye Sivan has made his mark on YouTube, with over 3.6 million subscribers and over 214 million views, and now he’s slowly taking over the indie pop world. His debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, is slated for release in December.
Sivan released his first major label EP, TRXYE, last summer. The response was overwhelming for the then-19-year-old, with the five song EP charting in 66 different countries all over the world. September of this year brought his second major label EP, WILD, which featured six songs, slightly stylistically different and lyrically more mature than the songs on TRXYE. WILD peaked at number five on the U.S. top 200 chart and at number one in his home country of Australia.
Sivan’s sound can be classified as electro-pop, incorporating synthesizers and loop pedals into his recordings and his live shows. He’s truly becoming a class act, and staying humble and close to his roots while doing so. His electro-pop vibes and unique voice even scored him a guest feature on one of Zedd’s tracks off of his latest album, True Colors.
“I’m gay. I like boys. These songs are about boys,” Sivan tells OUT Magazine. He later stated that the WILD EP was accompanied by a series of three music videos, which he called the “Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy.” The trilogy follows two young boys who were childhood best friends and eventually fall in love over the years, with strong messages throughout the series that Sivan wanted the public to address.
“I feel like gay relationships are sexualized in the media and I just wanted to show a romantic, adorable, puppy love situation between two little boys because that’s something we never ever see,” he tells Advocate.com. That was exactly what Blue Neighbourhood was able to do.
After the details of his album were released, the music video for the album’s first official single, “TALK ME DOWN,” was released. If Sivan keeps it up, Blue Neighbourhood might be one of the best albums of the year. After all, he’s gotten recognition from artists like Taylor Swift and Sam Smith; two of the most coveted artists in pop today.
At 20 years old, Sivan already managed to set himself apart from other singers and songwriters this day in age. He’s got a message that he wants to share with the world, and a really positive one at that. He’s successful in the YouTube realm, and with being as well-rounded as he is, he could definitely rise to the top in the music world by next year.
Sivan isn’t just one of this year’s artists to watch, he’s an artist that deserves to be listened to.
Blue Neighbourhood is out December 4 on Capitol Records.
Similar artists: Years & Years, Halsey, BROODS