Australia-based singer and actor Troye Sivan makes lyrical ambient electronic dance-pop. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1995, Sivan moved to Perth, Australia with his family when he was two years old. Home-schooled, Sivan began singing and acting at a young age, but his biggest break came when he appeared as a young Wolverine in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. A year later, he appeared in the South African film Spud.
Starting in 2007, Sivan had begun making videos of himself singing, and uploaded them to various social media sites — eventually garnering over two million subscribers. In September 2012, Sivan began creating video blogs on the video sharing site YouTube, after having only sung on the site since 2007. At the time of posting his first vlog, Sivan had accumulated 27,000 subscribers in his five years since joining YouTube on 1 October 2007. As of April 2016, Sivan has over 4 million subscribers and over 243 million total views across his YouTube videos. His YouTube channel is the third most subscribed channel in Australia. Concurrent to his videos, Sivan also released two independently produced EPs: 2007’s Dare to Dream and 2012’s June Haverly.
In 2013, he signed a recording contract with EMI Australia, and one year later released his third EP, TRXYE. The album hit the Top Ten in Canada, New Zealand, and the U.S. In 2015, Sivan returned with his fourth EP, WILD, which he described as an “opening installment” of the music he planned to release in the subsequent months. WILD included a pair of feature appearances (New Zealand’s Broods, Australian rapper Tkay Maidza), and a trilogy of videos were made to accompany the album. His debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, was released in late 2015. In addition to the guests who appeared on his WILD EP, his full-length was also graced by Betty Who, Australian rapper Allday, and Blue Neighborhood producer, Alex Hope.