The singer tells us about his new album, missing home and his life in LA.
We chat about all things Bloom
Aussie sweetheart Troye Sivan has been srsly busy this year. He released his second record, Bloom – a gloriously cheeky album that covers everything from sex to ditching a party to stay home with bae – he collaborated with our girl Ariana AND he joined Taylor Swift on stage at her Reputation Tour in LA to perform ‘My, My, My’ in front of 60,000 people. He’s also got a film called Boy Erased coming out in November – his fifth movie, btw – about gay conversion therapy. EPIC! So we felt truly blessed when he made time in his schedule to sit down with us...
How was the process of making this album different to Blue Neighbourhood ?
It was a lot more fun. I was a lot more relaxed and I knew the crew that I wanted to work with, and I also had the opportunity to work with people I could previously only dream of working with. I think I just felt a lot more confident and comfortable so I did a lot more playing around in the studio, which was really, really nice.
How does it feel for people to be dissecting your song lyrics?
I’d actually rather that they do that than not do it because it means that people care, first of all, and second of all, as a songwriter, I think it’s a little validating almost, that you can be keeping things interesting and keeping people guessing a little bit. It’s fun. Also, I don’t ever have to confirm anything, so it’s not that uncomfortable.
How mind-blowing was it to perform with Taylor Swift at her concert in LA?
It was so crazy! It was just one of those moments that the entire time you just can’t believe that it’s happening, you know. Really just felt like a weird dream.
You originally became well known through your YouTube videos. Do you miss being a YouTuber?
Not really. It was a really special time in my life where I was having a lot of fun and it completely changed my life, but I think a big part of why people gravitated towards my videos was because I tried my very best to keep things 100 per cent real at all times and because I was enjoying what I was doing. After a while, music just came back into my life in such a big way, so that was what I wanted to pursue. And now I just feel really creatively fulfilled, and so I think if it ever became inspiring to me again, I would 100 per cent jump at it, but for the moment it’s just not really where my head’s at.
Your fans are extremely passionate. What’s the craziest fan encounter you’ve experienced?
One time after a show, there was this guy hanging out backstage with all of us – that’s not uncommon that one of us will bring back a friend that we have in that city – so we were all just hanging out and chilling. I walked over to the food table and my drummer was like, “What’s your friend’s name again?” And I was like, “Oh I don’t know him, I thought he was your friend.” And we kind of like surveyed the room and quickly realised that he had just kind of waltzed in. We had a beer and hung out and it was awesome, but it definitely took me by surprise!
You don’t have a name for your fandom. What would your suggestion be?
I sort of actively avoided that because they all were really bad. Like the “Troye-blemakers”, which is not good. The “Troye-jans”, which was like a condom thing in my head. I haven’t found the right one.
“I tried my best to keep things 100 per cent real at all times.”
You’ve lived in the States for a while now. What do you miss most about Australia?
Everything. My family, my friends, my coffee, food, the fact that everything is close, the parks, the beaches. Yeah, lots of stuff.
What do you like about the lifestyle in LA?
I love that there’s no limits to what you can desire and what you can achieve. Truly, anything is possible over there and that’s really exciting. And also kind of scary in a weird way, because I think it fuels a culture that is sometimes not that attractive to me.
What are you most looking forward to for the rest of 2018?
I’m really, really excited to tour. I’m working really hard on the show. I think I’ve tried hard to make sure all of the rituals for this album have been elevated and a real step-up from the things I made in the past. And then I’ve also got a movie coming out in November.
Can we expect an Australian Bloom tour at some point?
Definitely. Of course. We’ll be announcing dates fairly soon and I can’t wait.