by Kevin Boyle
Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia
Troye Sivan is the definition of a multi-platform performer. The South African/Australian is an actor, musician, and Youtuber (yes that counts as a job now). Aged just 19, Sivan has appeared in films such as the "Spud" trilogy and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and appeared on stage in a play based on the work of Charles Dickens and Samuel Beckett. His main focus though is music. A true child of the modern age Sivan used his Youtube account in order to hone his musical ability and gain more followers.
But is his music any good or is he yet another actor forcing his vanity project on an unsuspecting public? Luckily, music seems to be a good fit for Sivan. His latest EP, TRYXE, is a surprisingly solid piece of work. His laid back vocals betray a vulnerability in the sounds and moody textures of standout track "Gasoline," while single "Happy Little Pill" mixes ambient melodies with a solid pop sensibility with the story of substance abuse. Who said teenagers didn't know anything about life? He is perhaps best known for his song "The Fault in Our Stars," his song based on the book, and not a shameless attempt to jump on the film bandwagon.
Sivan has signed a contract with EMI Australia, who released his EP, so let's hope we will be hearing his debut album very soon. His work has shown that he is comfortable with experimentation which bodes well for future releases. Ideally he will continue focusing on the more ambient synth-pop sounds that has captured the hearts of his internet fan-base and, with any luck, gain him more in the future.