Pop rocker Reece Mastin is set to roll into Brisbane.
Reece Mastin soared to popularity in 2011 after winning musical talent show The X-Factor, but as we know from experience winning a reality show is not always a key to success.
The musical road is littered with bodies who have crashed and burned on reality the TV machine but Mastin has managed to keep his flame alive. Now he’s once again packing up his bags and taking the band back out on the road for his Wolf in the Woods Tour, which will roll into Brisbane on 30 September.
The Wolf in the Woods shows will feature new material from Mastin’s as yet untitled album, due out later this year, and the young singer promises he’ll get up to a few shenanigans on the road.
“There’s lot of new music, a new band and a new look,” Mastin says .”It’s real music but it still has pop references,but they’re dealt with in a rock way, which ties more into what I want to do. There’s a lot of new music that’s never been heard before.
“The idea is to play the songs, get used to them and potentially go back and re-record them if I need to. I wanted to know if my fans were enjoying the music I was making. It’s a good way to road test it.”
As Mastin prepares to play a multi-city national tour he says he’s all about getting rest while out on the road, but is still partial to a few late night shenanigans befitting a young musician.
“It can be a bit of a party, so you’ve got to gauge which nights to go out and which nights to stay in,” he says. “It’s one of those things where you’ll go out because it’s your only opportunity to but the next morning you’ve got a gig or a flight at 11am and it just sucks, but it definitely still happens.
“On the last tour we did we were doing a lot of regional stuff and we had our last gig in this town that had a small pub so we ended up going there.We only got about three hours sleep and ended up falling all over the place catching an early flight the next day. It was not a pretty morning but at least we had fun.”
Some stars tend to shy always from their reality star roots but Mastin is always proud to talk about the show that made him a star.
“Winning the show comes with a title but you still have to prove yourself,” he says. “I mean look at people like Guy Sebastian, I don’t think anybody looks at him now and says ‘he’s just the kid from Idol’. He’s really put himself out there as an artist and that’s what I want to do. I don’t think being tied to a reality show is a bad thing; a lot of good people come out of them.”
During his small amount of downtime Mastin hangs with his Home and Away star girlfriend Rhiannon Fish, learns to cook, and admits that he’s just as addicted to binge watching TV shows as the rest of us.
“I was killing my time with Orange Is The New Black, but I’ve finished all the episodes that are available and now I have to wait a whole year for new ones and I’m dying,” he laughs. “I made a mean quiche the other day. I like to think I’m a pretty decent cook, which I am not. But I’m getting better. Rhiannon teaches me, or one of my backing singers, but I’m still pretty useless.”
His relationship with Fish is not one he’s always forthcoming with, given Twitter goes into a fandom meltdown anytime that there’s a whisper that the young couple might be breaking up.
“There is a fandom around us and you do get people who want to dig at you but at the end of the day we have a bunch of people who support us and that’s all we need,” he says. “It’s going very well. At the end of the day it’s between me and her, people can get involved and want to know about us and we’re cool about that.
“We always know what’s going on. We don’t have as much privacy as other couples, but we deal with it well.”
Reece Mastin will play at the Brisbane Powerhouse on Tuesday 30 September, for tickets visit www.showticketing.com.au/events/music/reece-mastin-wolf-in-the-woods-tour-2014/ .