Troye Sivan is riding high with favorable reviews for his debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, from publications like Billboard and The Guardian. However, the rising pop star revealed in his new cover story for Bullet Magazine that his set could have turned out majorly different because of The Weeknd.
During the interview, the Aussie spoke in-depth about the making of Blue Neighbourhood and how Tesfaye almost caused him to scrap the whole thing. "I was in the car and heard The Weeknd on the radio. I had a meltdown and was like, 'Oh my God, we have to scrap the album. I need to make music like this. The Weeknd is so sick, I need to do music like him,'" he detailed. "I gave it like two days and thought about everything, but I was like, 'No, my album is one hundred percent me, it's right.'"
The set, which boasts 18 tracks (if you pick up that Target exclusive edition), took the former YouTube sensation a year and a half to make. Still, Troye wasn't afraid to admit that it would have catered to a more particular sound had he made it in a shorter period of time.
"Had I made it in three weeks or even two months, like some people do, you would've heard more of what I was listening at that particular time," he explained. "But since I made it over such a longer period of time, almost all my influences, big and small, came into play. Everyone from Robyn to Lily Allen, these are people who've inspired me at one point."
Troye also confessed that he worked on many versions of LP standout "Youth," before settling on the exuberant mid-tempo cut that we've grown to love.
"For example, with the production on 'Youth,' there was like a million different versions of that song until it got to the point where everyone thought it was right," he said of dealing with his Universal team. "Now it's one of my favorite songs on the album, even though there was a lot of back and forth on that one. Ultimately, I definitely have a feeling that everyone has completely awesome intentions."
Read Troye Sivan's full interview with BULLET Magazine right here.
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