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."
In the last week of November 2011, Reece Mastin achieved more than many artists achieve in their whole lifetime. Aside from his slam-dunk popular win of The X Factor, Reece also managed to fit into his week a telecast performance duet with international pop-icon Kylie Minogue, signing a management contract, signing a major-label contract with Sony Music Australia, releasing his debut single, securing his first #1 single, attending the Australia ARIA Awards, recording his eleven-track debut album, filming a music video for his hit single Good Night, AND turning 17 years old! Throughout it all, the confident and talented teenage performer has taken it within his stride, proving he's made for this business.
"It's been full-on, but it's also been really, really fun too. I've just been taking it step by step really, because I don't want to be one of those guys that win the show and have one hit - I'm working at it with the aim of staying in it for the long haul."
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 justâ€¦ outrageous; I wouldn't have even thought it was possible. It happenedâ€¦" 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 80's 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 80's 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."
True to his word, Reece Mastin's debut single Good Night is an infectious and riotous rock/pop celebration and acts as a perfect launchpad for the young singer. "Let's go back to rock and roll, when people just let go, and let the music flow," he sings with a rebellious abandon on the single, which was written by Australian-Idol runner-up Hayley Warner and the hot writing/production team of DNA. "It's got that ol' summery-rock kinda feel to itâ€¦ ya know, like classic rock songs like "Boys Of Summer" (Don Henley). It's just really fun, and songs from winners are usually really big ballads, so it was cool to do something a little bit different.
"When I first heard the song there was a female vocal on it and so I had to think about how would make the song more me, and sing it with more of a male delivery. That aside I really loved it from the word go, and the DNA boys did a great job producing it. I think we had a great chemistry together as a team - they're into the same style of music as I am - and I think we're definitely going to work together on more of my original material for the next album.
Reece's self-titled debut album is a collection of in-your-face anthems of songs that he performed whilst on The X-Factor, as well as the single Good Night which sets the pace for his career to come. "It was hard because we only had a limited amount of time to record the album," he admits, "but I think we did a really good job and I'm really happy with the result. I think it's definitely a reflection of where I wanna go with my music, but of course this time around it seems a bit more theatrical because of the productions on the show and stuff. It's just full of really cool rock songs like Paradise City, Staying Alive and I Kissed A Girl, which was actually one of my favourite performances from the show."
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