A certified summer smash, the single brings together Sivan's emotionally charged lyrics with Garrix's bouncy electronic production--a match that's important, not only because it's a great song, but because it will bring Sivan to more mainstream listeners and continue breaking down barriers as a queer pop musician.
"When your tears fall down your pillow like a river, I'll be there for you," Sivan sings, wistfully. "When you're screaming, but they only hear you whisper, I'll be loud for you. But you gotta be there for me, too." An anthem for accountable friendship and love, Sivan's honest words also speak to his role as an LGBTQ voice of authority, fighting for visibility and acceptance of his marginalized listeners who're actively silenced across the world.
"Not to be over dramatic, but this song is in my eyes about you guys," Sivan wrote on Twitter, addressing his fans. "You guys have been there, every step of the way. Got me through last year which was a crazy one. I hope I can do the same for you."
Speaking with Zach Sang about the track, Garrix said Sivan sent him a demo for the first version of "There For You." The 21-year-old Dutch producer kept his vocals, but completely revamped the instrumental and rewrote some lyrics. After meeting for the first time in LA, the two finished the song and premiered it a week later at Coachella. "It was super fun working with him, "Garrix said of Sivan. "Besides having an amazing voice, he's also a super good songwriter."