April 19, 2012
Reece Mastin's rollercoaster ride began last year when he famously won The X Factor. The next day, he was selling a copy of his debut single "Good Night" every 2.7 seconds. The next, he turns 17 and his single is certified gold.
Now, after the raging success of his 2011 self titled album (which was also certified gold), the little rocker himself is back with the hotly anticipated single 'Shut Up & Kiss Me'. To hear it, be watching Dancing with the Stars on Sunday night!
Born in the UK, Reece and his family relocated to South Australia with the aim of seeking better opportunities and living a more comfortable lifestyle. "We moved to Australia nearly seven years ago now – I was eleven years old at the time. At that age I was in the mindset that I was being taken away from my friends and moved to the other side of the world, but the more time I was in Australia, the more I realised why we moved here and what a great decision it was by my parents. Adelaide is great, and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to move to."
Whilst he admits he wasn’t the best student in the classroom, Reece did indeed have an interest in music, which he says was ignited even further by his music teacher. "Mr Elsey was probably one of the greatest music teachers you could have asked for; he was at my high school in Adelaide, but he retired last year. He really opened me up to music and believed in my abilities."
Inspired further by his teacher Reece began to pursue his musical interests in his free time. "I was in a few bands with some mates, and I also did a few acoustic gigs as well. It was a lot of fun - I mean, I was serious about it, but I was also just having too much fun to really care. That was a similar situation to being on The X Factor too; towards the end of the show I was having so much fun I didn’t really think about getting through the votes, I was just really enjoying performing."
Candidly, Reece reveals that the auditions for The X Factor in Adelaide wasn’t exactly seen as a masterplan to break into the music industry, but more so a bit of a laugh with some of his mates. "To be honest, the reason we came out to audition for the show in Adelaide was because a few of the boys wanted a day off school! It was something I never thought would be the start of my career. Having said that, it’s such a great way – and a new way – of getting into the business, and I think if people want to try out for a show like this, they should, because it’s a huge, huge, opportunity."
From his very first audition on stage at The X Factor - where he blew the judges and the audience away with his confident swagger and powerful rock delivery - Reece’s raw ability was laid bare for all to see. "When I started singing there was a point when I wouldn’t even look at people when I was singing, but I think being on The X Factor showed me I could do this as a career, and my confidence just began to shine through," he says before quickly excusing himself to answer his home phone, which these days is ringing off the hook from female admirers and fans, who are all desperate to get a hold of the rising star.
"I didn’t think I would make it to the finals – I didn’t even think I would make it to the live show, so being in the live show was a dream for me. Winning the show was just… outrageous; I wouldn’t have even thought it was possible. It happened..." Reece sighs with incredulous awe.
Reece Mastin’s style and sound was apparent right from the beginning – he’s a rocker at heart who’s ever ready for a good time. "Rock ‘n roll is in me and it just comes out, but I think there are different ways for me to express it. The base of what I do will always be rock music, but there are so many different ways for me to play with it.
"I love Steve Tyler (Aerosmith), Guns ‘N Roses, Skid Row, and all those old 80s dirty rock bands, but there’s a lot of new age rock stuff that I love as well. I mean, it’s never gonna go back to 80s rock ‘n roll, but I think we can bring some of it back. Bands like Foo Fighters, Paramore and even Lady Gaga with "You And I" are great examples of bringing that sound back."
Well, Reece will be bringing that sound back on Sunday night from 6:30pm, when he takes to the Dancing with the Stars stage!Check out Reece's official website here and follow him on Twitter here.