2011 X Factor champ, ARIA award winner and a Rock Star who’s achieved legions of fans in a relatively short time, Reece Mastin will be dropping in at several venues across the Mid North Coast in January. Don’t miss Reece’s Summer Nights Tour, with support acts the Janoskians and Justice Crew, at C.ex Coffs on January 16.
What surprises us here at FOCUS and what a lot of Australians wouldn’t guess considering your huge success is that you’re only 18! How do you feel being so young in such a big industry?
Well, it certainly made me grow up pretty quickly! I’m lucky to have gotten so far with X Factor. I really love it. I love it!
I bet your high school mates are extremely jealous?
(Laughs). No, not jealous. They love it as well. They completely cash in on it all the time. They love it more than I do!
Prior to your time with X Factor, who was someone in the music industry you particularly admired?
I love Steve Tyler [from Aerosmith]. I think he’s amazing. To still do what he’s doing and sing the way he does, considering his age now – it’s crazy. He’d be my number one.
Being on X Factor was obviously a major learning curve for you, but what do you feel was the most valuable thing you took away from the whole experience?
I think knowing that your fans have put you where you are. Knowing that and staying true to them [the fans] kept it sweet.
During your time on X Factor, you were mentored by Guy Sebastian. Tell us about your ongoing working relationship with him …
It’s hard with our workloads. We’re often in different states or different countries, but we do try to catch up when we can, and he is always giving me tips …
At 17 you featured in a duet with Australian pop sensation Kylie Minogue. What type of tingles did this give you?
Yeah … yeah. That was crazy, actually. I never imagined I’d do that. My dad was pretty jealous about that one!
In relation to the lyrics in your debut single, Good Night, what does a good night on the town involve for Reece Mastin?
Just hangin’ with great people, really … hanging out with my mates. I’m not too good on the D-floor, so I stay away from that if I can!
You’ve just released your second studio album, Beautiful Nightmare, and it appears to be littered with hints of romance. We are seeing a more mature Reece Mastin: is there a special someone who has inspired this – do you have a girlfriend?
I do; I do! Her name is Rhiannon Fish. I’m with her right now. She is gorgeous. We met on my film clip Shout it Out that she features in. She plays April on Home & Away.
Where was Beautiful Nightmare recorded, and how long did the whole process take?
It was pretty much 10 months after the show that we finished putting it together. I did a lot of stuff down here in Oz, and then I went up to LA and wrote up there. It was a lot of crazy stuff – I had so much fun recording it, and I’m so happy it’s finally out.
How much did you enjoy being over in LA?
It was nuts! It was like nothing I’ve ever seen in my whole life. It was just so much fun, and I really hope I get to go back over there again.
You’ve put your heart and soul into this album, having written the material, but if you had to pick one song you were particularly proud of – what would it be?
Probably Stars – I love that song. Rhiannon and I had just started seeing each other, and it was the first time we’d been apart for a while. I wrote about the whole experience of missing her – and that’s probably one of the reasons I love it so much.
The album is full of collaborations: Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Benji Madden, to name a few! Are these names all in your phone book?
(Laughs). Nah, not all of them. Some of them don’t trust me with their phone numbers!
You’re often compared to Justin Beiber: how do you feel about this?
We have a different style of music but the kid is so successful, so I’ll take that! I admit we do have a similar look going on.
Your national tour, Summer Nights, is underway at the moment. You’re touring with Justice Crew and The Janoskians, presenting an amazing show. What do we have to look forward to?
There will be heaps going on! What we’re focusing on is a triple sell out show across Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Forster.
What we think is really cool is that we didn’t just get two other bands to come on tour – we have this versatility through the whole show. If you look at some of their videos, you’ll see the Janoskian boys are kind of like ‘Jackass’ funny boys, and the Justice Crew boys are just amazing dancers and they have some sick songs. Again, I’m not a great dancer! Then we’ll finish up with a huge live show. It’s going to be awesome! The whole show’s going to be rad!
As you mentioned, you’re stopping over in quite a few venues on the Mid North Coast in your travels. Do you know the area at all?
Kind of. I haven’t spent much time there, but I’ve dropped in before. I can’t wait to come back down. Hopefully we’ll get a little bit of time off while we’re there!
You probably don’t get a lot of time off between touring and recording, but if you were to sit down and play some music – who would you be listening to these days?
I still listen to a lot of old school stuff.
I just bought the new Rhianna album, and I’m loving that … but anything I can get my hands on, really.
So, after the tour’s all wrapped up – what’s next on your agenda?
Hopefully we can do the tour, then stretch out across the world and touch some new places – and see how far we can go.
I’m still writing – I’m always writing!
Summer Night is touring nationally and features Justice Crew and The Janoskians – a show for all ages. C.ex Coffs, January 16. Tickets selling fast!
This article was published in issue 28 of Coffs Coast Focus