As an artist, Troye Sivan hopes that all of his music will resonate with listeners; but he hopes his latest single "Heaven," will truly make people think.
The 21-year-old, who got his start on YouTube, says this new song is a personal and political statement of coming out at age 15.
“I came to the point where I wanted to delve into something a bit more specific about my experience as a gay man,” Sivan explained. “I went into the studio and had to revisit some pretty uncomfortable and sometimes painful memories of what it was like to be 15 years old and in the closet. I started writing this song called ‘Heaven’ about that experience.”
Sivan admitted the video is political, saying that it was inspired by the documentary How to Survive a Plague, about the work of ACT UP during the AIDS epidemic. “Something that really motivates me as an LGBT person is the thought of where we come from as a community, where we’ve been,” he said. “I wanted to take a more historical, factual approach to this video. I think at times that can be more powerful. I think it’s a story that is seldom told.”