Originally posted on Music Insight:
Four years ago Reece Mastin became a household name after winning X Factor Australia. He’s since dropped two pop-fuelled albums, both of which reached top three on the Australian charts.
With the upcoming release of his third album, Change Colours, he’s reinventing himself by serving up his first rock-inspired record.
“I’ve always wanted to do something more this vibe,” Mastin said.
“I’ve been playing live and watching amazing bands play for the last couple years – that’s probably where the inspiration has come from.”
The transition from pop to rock doesn’t seem so far-fetched for the young musician, having established his rockstar image early on during the X Factor competition.
“I think it’s just now that I’ve found a good outlet to get it all out and the way I want it. It’s just been about finding the right time,” he said.
In a world first, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter partnered with Twitter to have fans help choose his first official single for the new album – an idea he says gave him the opportunity to acknowledge fans for their support.
“It was cool for the fans,” he said.
“They got to choose the single which is great, especially on a platform where they can be very vocal.”
Last Friday, Even Angels Cry was announced by KIIS1065 radio presenters Kyle and Jackie O as his brand new single after two weeks of heavy retweeting.
With a new manager (Mahalia Barnes) and a new label (bye-bye Sony, hello indie label Social Family Records) Reece believes that Change Colours is the beginning of his music journey.
Fans will note a darker, rock-infused aspect to the album’s lyrics and sound that were teased in his EP Rebel and The Reason earlier this year.
“The main thing for this album was to not over-think things and write about stuff that happened to me the last couple of years, and the way I felt about it.”
For a young man known for his honest, tell-it-like-it-is songwriting, finding a voice for this record was a lot tougher for him.
“There were times where it was frustrating but I’m happy the way it turned out and that I took on the challenge.”
“On top of that, I’ve never recorded vocals in a studio with a live band so I was getting used to that.”
The album features cameos from a few famous voices, including Jimmy Barnes, Mark Lizotte (aka Diesel), The Living End’s Chris Cheney and many more.
“It was pretty crazy, we actually recorded the album in Jimmy’s studio,” Mastin said.
“It was really cool.”
Spending time with incredibly talented and seasoned musicians, Mastin said he took the opportunity to pick their brains as much as possible.
“I think it’s important you do – it’s the only way you can evolve,” he said.
Despite being days away from an album launch, Mastin revealed he can’t wait to get back into the studio to work on some new material.
“I’ve got some ideas and I know Ben [Rodgers, Mastin’s producer] does as well.
“When we get together we normally smash a few songs out, so we’ll see what happens.”
To celebrate the October 9 release of Change Colours, Mastin will be making a string of in-store appearances around the country.
Here’s where you can catch him.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Friday, October 9, 5pm
World Square, Sydney
Saturday, October, 10, 11am
Stockland Wetherill Park, Sydney
Wednesday October 14, 4pm – signing only
St Mary’s Sound, St Mary’s, Sydney
Thursday, October 15, 6pm
Stockland Shellharbour, NSW
Sunday, October 11, 10am
The Pines, Doncaster East, Melbourne
Sunday, October 11, 2pm
Stockland Wendouree, Ballarat
Tuesday, October 13, 4pm
Brookfield Place, Perth
Saturday, October, 17, 10am
Stockland Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast
Saturday, October 17, 2pm
Brookside Centre, Brisbane
Sunday, October 18, 2.30pm – signing only
Sanity Hinkler Central, Bundaberg, QLD