With his electro-pop 2015 debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, Troye has proven himself to be an amazing artist.
The fact that he’s done it on his own terms – as an openly gay singer is one he credits for his success. At the age of 18 Troye came out in his own vlog saying “This is not something that I’m ashamed of,” he said, “and it’s not something that anyone should have to be ashamed of.” Troye told his viewers.
And after a while he released his first major-label EP, entitled TRXYE on On 15 August 2014 which peaked at number 5 on the U.S. Billboard 200. On 4 September 2015, Sivan released his second major-label EP, Wild. His debut studio album, Blue Neighbourhood, was released 4 December.
And it’s first single “Youth” became his first single to enter the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number twenty-three. And now West Australian prodigy Troye Sivan has been named as one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential teenagers, making the list next to some of the youngest and brightest from the fields of music, arts, fashion, business, sport, hospitality, activism, politics and media.Sivan is also taking every opportunity to show that he’ll never shy away from the issue of his sexuality, and is doing so in a way that can both help others and create a much larger impact within pop music.
Leading up to his debut album, Blue Neighbourhood (out Dec. 4), Troye revealed his three-part “Blue Neighborhood” music video series, that tells the story of two boys’ complicated relationship set to the tune of the songs “Wild,” “Fools” and “Talk Me Down.” The visuals include an abusive and homophobic father, the boys making out shirtless in bed, one repressing his sexuality and dating a girl, and their reunion at a funeral. The series is equal parts gorgeous and harrowing, and seems to indicate that Troye dealt with a lot of issues in the process of accepting his sexuality. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. In September, he talked to The Fader about his personal coming-out experience:”I had the most ideal coming out experience someone can have. My family was supportive, my friends.
It’s been a non-issue for me.”So what made troye create such art like the “Blue Neighbourhood” series? Because Sivan has been watching his fans and peers as they’ve watched him evolve, and has seen the burden that so many of them carry:”The same thing that’s been a blessing in my life can lead someone to suicide. Every time I hear about an LGBTQ kid committing suicide, it’s just so much frustration. I just think about lost potential because a parent wasn’t accepting or a friend wasn’t, and it ended an LGBTQ kid’s life.”I really want the parents of my audience to see these videos actually. And realize that their reaction influences their kid’s entire experience.
Showing them two sides of the coin: this is how it could go or this is how it could go. It’s up to you.”Sivan recognizes his privilege, and knows that his young, open-minded, Internet-addicted audience exists in a close-minded world causing issues for LGBTQ youth. He’s hoping that his plain-and-simple images—two kids getting naked in bed is nothing new, they just happen to both be male this time—serve a normalizing purpose.
“Leave this blue neighbourhood” the phrase “Blue Neighbourhood” and felt that it really perfectly summed up the way he felt about the place that he’s from. “Leave this blue neighbourhood never knew loving could hurt this good, oh and it drives me wild cause when you look like that I’ve never ever wanted to be so bad, oh it drives me wild” He wants to leave this Blue Neighborhood because he fears they would judge his same sex relationship. Despite those fears he does not want to end his relationship because of how much he is enjoying it. He wants to be with that guy more than anyone else.”Never knew loving could hurt this good, oh and it drives me wild, cause when you look like that I’ve never ever wanted to be so bad, oh It drives me wild. You’re driving me wild, wild, wild”. This part show Troye’s love is forbidden because of his own nature.
Which make their relationship a thing that can be changed and manipulated.Troye is wary of the way others look at his relationship, so he hides his feelings in the dark. But in the end he knows he is in love and can’t hide it anymore. He dares to love wildly and freely.”We’re alike you and I two blue hearts locked in our wrong minds” this part is where he figures out each others feeling and finding a sense of kinship in that.” So can we make the most out of no time? Can you hold me?” The relationship between the two lovers isn’t public. Rather than openly being able to see each other, they both have to sneak around and only enjoy each other’s company for a short time before they need to separate again; so they’re questioning if they can at least bask in the moment together before they have to go.”Can you make me leave my demons & my broken pieces behind?” Their love is stronger that the demons that haunt them and the other opinions, the way people see their love, it can all disappear when they are together.
“You make my heart shake bend and break but I can’t turn away and it’s driving me wildyou’re driving me wild” The infatuation that the two lovers feel for each other is so unstable and ecstatic that it fills the two with levels of dopamine (a chemical in the brain that boosts levels of emotion such as happiness and desire) that change their chemistry and makes them being sexually charged with one another. No matter what happens between the two, whether they get into an argument or take a break, Troye admits that he will always come back to his lover because their connection overthrows it all.