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Why Troye Sivan only listened to sad songs while growing up

With his various chart-topping hits, film roles and star endorsements from the likes of Taylor Swift, Australian Youtuber-turned-singer Troye Sivan has become a successful musical sensation in his own right.

The 23-year-old has now opened up about the music that has inspired him, and reveals the reason he only listened to solemn songs during his earlier years.

“Music was a huge part of my life growing up,” Troye says in a newly released video promoting Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD), an Australian charity that strives to change young lives through the power of music and mentoring.

Troye Sivan opens up about the music that has inspired him. Photo: Universal Music
Troye Sivan opens up about the music that has inspired him. Photo: Universal Music

“It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. It’s all I’ve ever cared about. I was just obsessed with it,” he continues.

“Growing up I exclusively listened to sad music and I still kind of do. For me it’s such a natural thing. As soon as I’m feeling a little bit down or stressed or anything like that, I’ve got a few go-to albums or artists that I run to when I feel like I need to calm down or de-stress.”

“I don’t know why I feel like it’s productive to listen to sad music when I’m sad but for some reason it really helps.”

Troye is one of many artists signed with Universal Music, who’s taken the time to record a special message for young people about the power of music in transforming lives.

The singer explains why listening to sad music helps him. Photo: Universal Music
The singer explains why listening to sad music helps him. Photo: Universal Music

“The advice I give to a young person having a hard time is often you try and slow down… Take your time, build up strength within yourself to the point where you feel comfortable with yourself. That’s number one.

“Then if you feel like your environment is not a safe place to exist in, have faith in the fact that there is 100% people around the world who will love you and accept you for exactly the person that you are.”

Troye’s message comes ahead of MMAD Day on December 7, with MMAD being an organization that support young people, particularly those who’ve suffered abuse, neglect, disadvantage, homelessness and run-ins with the law.

“Imagine a world and our own lives – our formative years, our trying times and our happiest moments – without music,” says MMAD founder Dominic Brook.

“This day is all about celebrating the power of music in making a difference in the world and acknowledging the artists whose music has impacted our own lives. At MMAD, we witness the power of music every day. But on Musicians Making A Difference Day we encourage everyone to celebrate its power, and those songs & artists that helped shape who we are today.”

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