From age 8 the South African-born Troye Sivan was a celebrated child star in his adopted hometown of Perth. Troye launched his YouTube channel with videos of musical performances, originals and cover songs and later began to upload weekly video blogs documenting the minutia of his teenage life in Perth which quickly garnered a loyal international audience.
Troye just released his debut full-length album, Blue Neighbourhood, last December. The album is a musical trip full of twists and turns, cutting-edge production, sparse booming beats, majestic flourishes and beautiful modern poetry.
“It’s all autobiographical,” says Troye. “It takes place in both the suburbs of Perth where I’ve grown up, which I consider to be my blue neighbourhood, but then also in this fast-paced, crazy, whirlwind life that I’m now living in hotel rooms and planes. And it takes place inside the mind of a 20-year-old kid. I wanted to make sure that youthfulness was there; I worked mostly with really, really young people on this record.”