The former X-Factor winner is on a mission to leave his successful pop past behind in a bid to allow him to follow his true musical inclinations
Reece Mastin is a young boy no more. In his place stands a 23-year-old man answering to his roots, ready to tour Australia with new music releases under revitalised persona Mastin.
Mastin is old-school rock and roll, hands-on and independent, and will be hitting up Surfers Paradise Live for a free show on May 4 as part of his tour of his new EP Suitcase of Stories.
It’s a far cry from his first years in the music industry after winning 2011’s X-Factor, releasing a double platinum album and going on to win two ARIAs.
Mastin says, while his new direction is “completely different” to what his fans know, it’s more true to himself.
“Everything in this (new) record is who I am, it’s what I want to say,” he says.
“It’s definitely not Shout It Out, it’s not Shut Up and Kiss Me. This is real, honest music.”
In his late teens, Reece Mastin was living the high life of a pop star and the pressure that came with it.
While he says that he appreciates all the opportunities that come with quick-fix stardom, he eventually learnt it simply wasn’t sustainable.
“For me it was as simple as asking myself, five years down the line, doing the same thing, will I be happy with myself?” he says.
“(When you’re) nailing pop music, it’s like, why fix something that’s not broken?
“I would never take any of it back, that’s the way it was. I did what I had to do.
“But I grew and learnt a lot of stuff. People have a preconceived notion of my music.
“The reason I’ve moved on is I wanted to give people the opportunity to hear new music for what it was.
“It’s the first record that’s fully independent. I think it’s really hard, but if you’re not representing yourself, that’s really bad.”
Taking influence from 1970s rock gods, his EP tour off the back of his new single Not The Man For You comes with an engaging and exciting live show, curated by Mastin himself.
“It was the era of ‘if we’re going to make music, we have to do it, we have to sing it, we have to make it’,” he says.
“I love Aerosmith, I love Steve Tyler, Joe Perry. He inspired Slash, which is another band I love.
“The lyrics from our songs are one thing, but the music on top of that? Beautiful.
“It’s that next level of connection makes everything seem just that little bit more real. We can’t wait to get out there.”
Mastin’s Suitcase of Stories tour kicks off this week in Sydney, making its way to the Gold Coast on Friday, May 4, at Surfers Paradise Live. The free show is for ages 18-plus
Reece Mastin is bound for the Gold Coast with new music under revitalised persona Mastin.