Troye Sivan on the Homo Sapiens podcast
Season 3 of the Homo Sapiens Podcast sees Will Young and Chris Sweeney hitting the road and travelling across the US to chronicle the queer experience.
In the first episode of this series, Will and Chris sit down with Troye Sivan.
It’s a frank and honest conversation, and gives some real insights into some of the challenges that Sivan is facing as he navigates his music career.
“Part of me wonders sometimes if I would be more commercially successful if I wasn’t gay or not as ‘in your face gay’…” explains Sivan. “Sometimes it can be frustrating because I’m giving my all and not having some humongous radio smash all over the world. Maybe the music just isn’t good enough, maybe the world is obsessed with hip hop right now and I’m making the furthest thing from hip hop. It could be a myriad other things, but a part of me wonders sometimes, is the world actually ready right now for what I’m trying to be?”
But Sivan also confirmed his determination to continue to embrace his queer identity. Explaining that he’s made “…the conscious decision to really put my money where my mouth is and actually embrace who I am, wholeheartedly and celebrate it, it’s been one of the most joyous experiences of my life … Me strutting around in the “My My My!” video, that was the most powerful I’ve ever felt in my entire life.”
You can sense a growing confidence in Sivan. As he continues to release singles from Bloom – his second studio album, Sivan is showing the world how to be an authentic pop-star, simply by being himself, and writing songs that reflect his experience and his point of view.
Sivan has been working hard in the entertainment industry since about the age of 11, when he started appearing in television shows in Australia where he grew up. He talked publicly about being gay in a YouTube video, when he was about 18 - he’d told his family a few years before that.
What’s particularly appealing about Sivan, is that he’s not trying to project some sort of hyper-masculine image - the sexual awakening that he seems to be exploring through the music of his album Bloom has an undeniably queer aesthetic.
You get the sense that Sivan has always had a fairly clear and unapologetic view of who he is. What’s fantastic is that it’s working for him – Bloom hit the top of the charts and was widely considered to be among the best releases of 2018. It’s not just the LGBTQ community that are buying Sivan’s music, he’s a major star with wide appeal.
After picking up a Golden Globe nomination for the track Revelation from the film Boy Erased – in which Sivan also made his major acting debut - there were hopes that he would also land an Oscar nomination. Sadly, this was not to be.
It’s hard to articulate how powerful it is to have queer role models such as Troye Sivan. For young LGBTQ people to be able to support and idolise a successful musician who not only shares a lot of their experiences, but also sings about them - it’s a total game-changer from when pop-stars had to remain in the closet for fear of damaging their career.