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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - AM­BER MACPHER­SON

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.

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