Q&A Scene: Mastin

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

Guitars, so many guitars!!! It’s 100 percent rocking, I worked with the amazing Ricki Rae who produced this record and he was the perfect guy for the job. I’ve been writing relentlessly over the past few years and have so much to say, especially with this record and some more stuff I have to come in the near future. But Ricki brought the sound right out of mind and through the desk. It was so vitally important for me that this record sounded as I imagined it in my mind, Rock n roll is such an honest and no questions asked genre, and I wanted the stories to back with the write personality. and I feel like we’ve definitely done that on this record. Equally being able to get out on the road, and play as many shows are we are going to is a blessing. This tour is going to be unlike any other I’ve attempted before, I’ve got into such an incredible place recording this record,, almost spiritual, that’s if we are talking the gods of music, and every time I play it now I seem to take myself back there. So I can’t wait to get out in front of everyone and take them there as well.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Christmas dinner, well like my Christmas dinner. Meat and Potatoes, shit load of gravy. Because it’s got plenty of punch and leaves you well and truly satisfied!!!

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

I believe all music you write should be bits and pieces of what you feel most compelled by. On this record, I have been very honest in writing things that compel and draw a lot out of me, but tried to pick the most tender and vulnerable moments, and ones we don’t often speak openly about. Almost like we are ashamed or embarrassed. But that feels most human to me. So in speaking as a collection of music, I would say this Ep resonates with me the most of all.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

We were on the road going from one gig to another and cutting it pretty fine. We are out in the middle of the boonies, so obviously there is nowhere to stop, just a wide open stretch of road surrounded by red dust. Taylor Sheridan my bass player was in the back of the van busting for a piss, Jason Singh a singer who I was playing a show with that day was driving and kept slowing down as if he was pulling over, then last second taking off, Taylor’s crossing his legs and getting more and more pissed off and more red in the face every time, obviously HILARIOUS!!  Finally he said “I’m gonna piss in this bottle”!!  We are driving a friend’s van so, that’s not gonna happen. We look ahead and find the perfect spot to pull over…….. The car stop’s, Taylor opens the door to the 45 degree heat of the day, and this awful smell sweeps through the car…… Jason’s decided to pull over and make Taylor take a pee right next to a very unlucky dead Kangaroo, that’d been there for quite a few days!

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Really anything and everything, I know that is the typical answer, but it’s true. Just you never know what is gonna happen tomorrow, you never know when you hear a story or see something that happens that pushes you right back into inspiration. No matter how big our small. I wrote a song not too long ago about being 40, which I’m obviously a bit of a ways off from, but none the less, the inspiration was there in that moment, so I let it tell its story.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Bonne Rait- I Can’t Make You Love Me, such a beautiful song.

Free- All Right Now, because it will forever be a defining moment in rock and roll. And Man In The Mirror, because, well you’d be loaded and moonwalking with the big dogs!! haha

What’s next for you?

We are out on the road for quite a while this year, but I’m working on getting back into the studio. Now I have planted my feet in what I want to do, I just want to keep the ball rolling. I have so much more to say and to offer, I’ve got some songs I’ve been itching to put down in the studio so that’s definitely on the cards. And I’m also looking at making a trip to the UK which I can’t wait to tell you all about. In Time!

What’s your scene?

Apart from music, look, really I just want to be happy and I want to have fun. I love my mates, the people Ihave around me are amazing. We have had countless adventure doing things I’ve never dreamt I would ever do and been places I can’t pronounce the names of. We fish, we drive, we drink, we sing and we laugh. Anything that’s gonna be fun and another anecdote to tell. I’m up for!!!

Mastin delivers with new sound on NOT THE MAN FOR YOU and announces EP SUITCASE OF STORIES and Australian Tour.

The teenage bad-boy Reece Mastin, who stole hearts across the country back in 2011, is no longer.  In his place stands Mastin, a full-grown man; someone contemplative, and earnest – a man who has already lived a lifetime of peaks and pitfalls, caused in part by the ruthless nature of a career in the commercial music industry.  Now 23 years old, Mastin is ready to show the world who he really is – and what better way to do that than with a brand new sound that is guaranteed to surprise and impress.  Releasing his first single as Mastin today, Not The Man For You is a rock ‘n roll belter and completely unlike anything fans have heard from him before.  To add to the excitement, the debut EP, Suitcase of Stories (available April 6) follows in its wake, a release that truly solidifies Mastin as one of Australia’s most exciting new voices in rock ‘n roll.  To celebrate, Mastin will be taking his band on the road for a sweeping tour of Australia, kicking off in Sydney at The Basement on April 7, then moving through regional and metropolitain cities in Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, ACT, WA, Victoria and finishing up in Albury on July 14.

Not The Man For You is evocative of the most classic of rock – with Mastin’s vocals having been compared to Australian rock royalty Jimmy Barnes, amongst other greats.  There’s no denying that voice – and when it’s paired with an absolute shredder of a band, spilling over with palpable energy, it’s impossible to resist.  “Not everyone will love this record, and I’m very okay with that,” offers Mastin. “But for those who share the same taste as I do for the grand and world-changing genre of rock n roll, I wanted to make something special and long-lasting.  I wanted to make something that can change your day, change your mindset, and make you feel like you can take on the world.”

The EP Suitcase of Stories could not be further removed from Reece’s previous releases.  Electrified, rumbling and exhilarating, Suitcase of Stories will take the listener on a ride, all right – riff-driven, technically skilfull, and surprisingly diverse for such a rock record.  For all the rowdy guitar and drums though, it is Mastin’s spectacular voice that takes precendence here.  At times soft, but often pushed to the limits, it’s the voice that gives Mastin away: this is who he really is – the five songs that appear on Suitcase of Stories exemplify the most real body of work he’s ever produced.

This new sound has been a long time coming.  From the outside, it might look like he’s already achieved it all – he won X Factor Australia in 2011, released two Platinum #1 albums with three consecutive chart-topping singles.  He continues to travel around the country and the world, performing to thousands of adoring fans every year.  But while Reece is deeply humbled and grateful for his early success in this business, he admits that it came at a cost.  “Giving a 16 year old kid the opportunity to travel the country and play to thousands of screaming fans is obviously a dream come true,” he reflects.  “But, as I learnt, it’s not the reality of this industry.  I was kept at an arms length from all decisions made in my career at that time, and to be honest, I wasn’t thinking about it in the slightest.  I was being a kid and living out my fantasy. When I left behind the big labels and went out by myself, I started to realise the damage that my neglect had done.  I felt utterly exhausted by it all…which has made where I am now all that much sweeter.  I’ve worked my ass off getting back up.  Now I love having the confidence that I know exactly how to run my business.  I’m getting to be really comfortable with the man I have become.”

Going through adolescence, learning about yourself, and becoming who you are are not things that are easily achieved, and much less so when it’s all happening on a global platform.  Mastin has taken it all in his stride, taking mistakes as lessons and continuing to chase his one true passion, his calling, that thing that started it all – music.  “In my opinion the closest things we have to magic in this world are music and love.” says Mastin.  “Taking the path through music that I have has made it hard to let people know the real me.  But, I know that this new record explains who I am as an artist, and where I’m heading.  Music has aways been for me, anyway, and it’s as much about how the music makes you feel as the words that accompany it affect you too.  Marrying the right sound to the stories I have is crucial!”

So what happens next?  Mastin is thrilled to announce the new single and record, and is grateful for his loyal fans for their patience, saying “I can’t wait for people to hear the new music – for my fans that have been waiting so patiently, and music lovers that I’d love to meet through this record.  I can happily say it has been the most enjoyable record I’ve made and it was really nice that through the process I’ll get to introduce the real me.  I  believe this is the beginning of something – I’m not sure where the road will lead, but I know for sure that I am dedicated to walk down it.  I’m not going anywhere anytime soon, rock n roll is not dead, and I’m here to prove it.”

The national tour is set to kick off in April, and, hitting most states in the country in an extensive run of dates, won’t wrap up until mid-July.  Reece is so excited to introduce the new sound to fans on the road, saying I am always itching with excitement to get out on the boards and play my music, but with this tour there is the added thrill of showing people my new music in a show that I’ve put together myself.  With learning more about myself and what I want to offer musically on the learning curve of the past few years, it has completely changed my approach to how I want to run my show.  I want to create something that will leave my fans in awe and playing it back in their heads when they fall asleep that night.  With the band I have behind me and these new songs that I adore and love to play, I think we can make that dream a reality and I can’t wait to be playing my new music in front of everyone.”

Not The Man For You was released on March 2.  Suitcase of Stories is out April 6.  Pre-order the EP HERE and score the the single instantly.

Tickes to the Suitcase Of Stories tour are on sale now.

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MASTIN ‘SUITCASE OF STORIES’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR


SAT APRIL 7 | THE BASEMENT, SYDNEY | 18+ | TICKETS THROUGH MOSHTIX

FRI APRIL 13 | SALOON BAR, LAUNCESTON | 18+ | TICKETS THROUGH OZTIX

SAT APRIL 14 | WARATAH HOTEL, HOBART | 18+ | TICKETS THROUGH OZTIX
FRI APRIL 20 | SHOALHAVEN BOWLS CLUB, NSW | AA | TICKETS FROM THE VENUE
SAT APRIL 21 | WAVES, WOLLONGONG | 18+ | TICKETS THROUGH MOSHTIX
SUN APRIL 29 | FOWLERS, ADELAIDE | 18+ | TICKETS THROUGH MOSHTIX

THURS MAY 3 | LISMORE WORKERS CLUB, LISMORE | 18+ | TICKETS THROUGH OZTIX
FRI MAY 4 | SURFER’S PARADISE LIVE, GOLD COAST |18+ | FREE
SAT MAY 5 | THE BRIGHTSIDE, BRISBANE | 18+ | TICKETS THROUGH OZTIX

SUN MAY 6 | SOL BAR, MAROOCHYDORE | 18+ | TICKETS THROUGH OZTIX
THURS MAY 10 | TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA | 18+ | TICKETS THROUGH MOSHTIX
SAT MAY 19 | WINTON SUPERCARS, VIC | 18+ |
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FRI MAY 25 | GRAND HOTEL, MORNINGTON | 18+ | TICKETS THROUGH OZTIX
SUN MAY 27| MAX WATTS, MELBOURNE | 18+ | TICKETS THROUGH OZTIX
FRI JUNE 15 | THE GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL MIDLAND, PERTH | 18+
| TICKETS THROUGH OZTIX

 SAT JUNE 16 | THE CHARLES HOTEL, PERTH | 18+ | TICKETS THROUGH OZTIX

THURS JULY 12 | THE LOFT, WARRNAMBOOL | 18+  | TICKETS THROUGH OZTIX

FRI JULY 13 | THE WORKERS CLUB, GEELONG | 18+ | TICKETS THROUGH OZTIX

SAT JULY 14 | SS&A CLUB, ALBURY | 18+ | FREE

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