“I think the most important thing for me, just in general and in everything that I do, is songwriting,” says Sivan. “It’s something that I’m fairly new to — TRXYE was my first time writing, and I’d been writing for maybe six months or so when I put that out, and now I feel like the writing is getting so much better and that’s the most exciting thing to me. I wanted to make sure I was improving and feeling comfortable enough in my writing that I could write a poppier song and still feel like it was authentically ‘me.’”
Sivan adds that, since he often writes autobiographically, his new music focuses on “long-distance relationships — whether that’s romantic relationships or friendships or family,” as well as the differences between Los Angeles culture and Australian culture. The openly gay singer-songwriter will also release a trilogy of music videos that depict a same-sex relationship that becomes more complicated as its characters’ innocence fade over time.
“Every time I see a young LGBT person commit suicide, all I can think about is the lost potential, and what could have happened if only a family member had been a little bit more supportive, or someone at school had been a little bit more supportive,” says Sivan. “That frustration, and exploring what could be when you’re young, naive and innocent, have no idea of any pressures from anyone else, versus what often ends up happening, once you realize that pressure… I wanted to explore both of those paths and tell that story, which is a very frustrating one.”
The Wild mini-album is now available for pre-order, and for more with Troye, including his thoughts on his passionate fan base, listen to the latest episode to the Pop Shop Podcast below. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, so you never miss an episode!