Troye Sivan, a 22-year-old South African/Australian, changing the ageing face of pop.
Troye became well known through his ‘Youtube’ videos way back in 2012, with his cute and flamboyant approach to life and his grounded and mature views. Sivan competed in various singing contests in 2006.
He even made it to the grand finals of ‘StarSearch’ in 2007. But his big break into modern pop was with his 5 track EP, ‘TRXYE’ which featured his hit, ‘Happy Little Pill’.
Fast forward to 2017, Troye has his debut album, ‘Blue Neighbourhood’, which climbed the Billboard 200 making the album Debut in the Top 10. Troyes take on modern pop is chilled out slow beats, often relating his music to how he’s feeling for another boy, being away from home, his crush or feeling kind of lonely. We all relate right?
What makes him the King of pop for the LGBTQ+ Community? He’s direct.
He doesn’t hide behind his lyrics or an irrelevant pop video. If he’s talking about a guy he likes, he says ‘he’. This may not sound like a big deal but if you look at other openly gay pop stars most of their music states, ‘them’ or ‘you’, never actually, using direct pronouns.
Now, I may be reading too much into this but I think that’s what mainstream media and the music industry is aiming for; ‘Write about that boy, but make it accessible for everyone, so middle-aged Sandra can sing along to it in the car with her children, without having your gayness shoved down her throat’.
If you think about it, it makes sense. Sam Smith, Years and Years, most of their songs are about guys that have filled their hearts with love or broken them into a thousand pieces. Much like Troye, but if you’re writing about another guy why not be direct? For fear of it not being a hit?
Troyes trilogy of videos, ‘Wild’, ‘Fools’ and ‘Talk me down’. Follows the doomed love affair of himself and a boy that cannot accept he is in love with another guy, with a very unaccepting father that threatens to kill his son in the ‘Fools’ music video. I know that’s pretty heavy, but Troye is using his upbeat, catchy, brilliant music to highlight homophobia and how it affects teenagers and young adults.
The conclusion to the Trilogy of videos is that Troyes lover cant take anymore and its hinted that he ends his own life. Hard hitting huh? Good, its what people need to know about Homophobia and bullying while enjoying a damn good song.
Lastly, go watch the music video to ‘Heaven’, also by Troye ft. Betty Who (obviously). The video has Troye and a good looking guy in it. No, although that’s a good enough reason for most of us, that not it. The video looks back at our History and all those important figures and groups that have got us where we are today.
Troye Sivan is educating through his pop, that’s why he is so important to our community, and our King of pop.
‘Without losing a piece of me, how do I get to Heaven? So if I’m loosing a piece of me, maybe I don’t want Heaven’
Thanks for all the love, Troye.
Words by Harry J Nettleton
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