The Dwarf in Conversation With... Reece Mastin
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The Dwarf in Conversation With... Reece Mastin




Hey Reece! Things have been pretty crazy for you lately, you've been signing deals, making music, shooting videos and doing interviews in the lead up to your Rebel and the Reason Tour... I'm tired just thinking about it! You must have awesome time management skills or a very organised assistant?

Haha yeah, definitely a bit of both.

With all that going on, you still managed to fit in moving house? Have you had much time to spend in it?

Yeah somewhere in between. I'm not fully moved in yet, I got stuff here, there and everywhere, but I'll get it all done in the next couple of days, I reckon.

You definitely look like a rock star lounging on that kitchen bench.. If my mum saw that photo, the first things she'd say is get your thongs off the bench! Is that the rebel coming out in you?

(Laughs).

We often seeing you doing random acts of kindness like visiting sick fans in hospital... It must make you feel good that you have the ability to brighten some ones day?

Yeah, that's why I love it. You know, sometimes we have to travel pretty far out to some of these kids. That's the worst part, when they're far away from other hospitals, they can't commit time to driving.. they're in remote areas. I t's so nice to get out there, cause they're just so happy. They forget about everything for you know, an a hour or two hours. They don't have a care anymore, it's okay, it's a good time, and that makes me so happy. It's the best feeling. It's better than any drug, that feeling that you get when you make someone smile.

You recently announced that you signed a new deal with independent label Social Family Records after splitting with Sony, Have you got more creative control with the smaller label?

I think with the smaller label, they just work a different way, it's a different format I think. So far there's a bunch of stuff I've been doing and their thought processes are a little bit along the lines that I'm working on at the moment. So I think it was more a journey thing. I just wanted to get onto the next stage. You know, my music is shifting a little bit and I thought, to accommodate that, I've done really well. So I'm so stoked that they're on board, and that they'll have me. We're looking at trying to smash this next record out!

You've been getting a bit of musical guidance from Rock Royalty Jimmy Barnes. Must be an awesome feeling to know that someone as highly regarded as Barnsy believes in your talent?

Yeah, well his daughter Mahalia is actually my manager, we've been together for about four years now. They got a studio up at their place that we write a lot at. And they are a very family orientated family, so there's a lot of time spent with them. It's great to go over and have dinner, you know.. But then on top of that I get to go see Jimmy sing and play a lot. I mean he's a killer singer, you can't really fault the guy at all. So it's great to be able to watch and learn, it's great for me to be able to spend that time there with them.

The Dwarf in Conversation With... Reece Mastin


Your EP is due to be released on May 1, we hear you are trying to move away from pop into a rockier sound? Is that a bit of Barnsy rubbing off on you or is it something you've always wanted to do?

It's a bit of everything. You know, the last few years, playing with live bands and stuff, and seeing bands like Jimmy's band, and all the gigs I've got to go and see.. For me, its brought me back to where I want to be; which is making rock music. I got to do that with this record, so I'm pumped with it. We worked together to make a sound. In the younger audience, it's not really loosing fans at the moment. It's definitely going well.

You were still in high school when you won X-Factor in 2011... We have watched you and your music mature... Has it been hard for you to grow up in the spotlight, particularly when you have people telling you what to do, what to wear, how to behave?

I guess its hard to know, cause I didn't live life the other way, so I mean for me it just kind of felt normal. Because I was quite young when I started as well, you pick up the things the way you were taught, so it kind of felt natural, I got into the rhythm f things, more so over the last couple of years when I was getting into the nitty gritty business side of things Its only now that I've started to look back and think wow, I didn't really do the kid side of things thing. But I'm happy, because that made sure I grew up a bit quicker and got on top of my music a bit earlier. So, I'm happy with that. I'm happy that I got my arse kicked, haha.


These days you seem very comfortable with your celebrity status. Was it hard to adjust to fame or do you think it came naturally?

Yeah. I think it was the people around me as well, they kind of helped bring me back down to earth.

How did your friends deal with your new found popularity? I imagine some would be supportive while others would have felt left behind?

Well yeah, I moved straight away. I used to live in Adelaide and I moved straight to Sydney. So it was really hard for me to get back and see people and vice-versa for people to get up there. But I still talk to a bunch of them. I mean, there were a few people who were a bit bitter but I think that comes along with other people's issues as well. But overall it was okay, and the friends I have kept, I'm glad I've kept, for sure.

So now that you have more control over your music, what can we expect to see in the future?

Well we're hoping to get an album out by the end of the year. We're going to L.A. in a couple of weeks and to the U.K. to do some writing. So we will definitely have another album out by the end of the year. So yeah, its just music from now on, I'm just going to keep it coming out consistently.

The Rebel & the Reason Tour kicks off at the start of June, are you excited to be touring again?

Yeah, I love touring, its one of my favourite things to do.

You've toured hard, you've done a lot of live shows.

Yeah I like touring. It's hard as well when you're in between labels, and in between your music. The best thing for me was to tour,. I think I've done three or four tours in the last year and a half, but its good it means that I can keep singing and keep trying to get better and play with other people. Yeah, I just love it as well cause it feels more like home when I'm on the road, in the car, in hotels, I try to get on the road as much as possible.

I saw you were on a TV show where you had to get in the car with all these different people and they were driving you round, I cant remember the name of it right now?

Live and Lost!

That's it! That would have been crazy!

Yeah that was pretty nuts. We had to kinda like get back to Sydney and we started in regional Melbourne somewhere. And we had to hitch hike off fans, and stay in fans houses and get fed by the fans. We only got a certain amount of cash and we just kinda had to get back and play at Sunrise in Sydney at the end - if we made it in time. It was pretty nuts.

I'm guessing you would have had loads of people putting their hands up to help you out though?

We had heaps of people wanting to help out, which was awesome... The ones we got were great and very accommodating.

Do you have any pre-gig rituals? How do you amp yourself up before a show?

I kind of yell for a little bit, warm my voice up. Maybe have a beer and a couple of bottles of water.

Well have a blast on your tour! We'll catch up with you again soon.



Reece Mastin
Rebel and the Reason Tour
Special Guests: TBA | All shows All Ages
 
Friday, 12 June, 2015 - Factory Theatre, Marrickville, NSW
Tickets available from www.factorytheatre.com.au/events/factory or www.ticketek.com.au
Doors open: 6.30pm
 
Saturday, 13 June, 2015 - Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com
Doors open: 7.00pm (Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)
 
Sunday, 14 June, 2015 - Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Tickets available from bigtix.com.au
Doors open: 6.30pm
 
- NEW SHOW -
Friday, 19 June, 2015 – The Capital, Bendigo Vic
Tickets available from thecapital.com.au/
Doors open: 7.00pm
 
Saturday, 20 June, 2015 - Prince Bandroom, St Kilda Vic
Tickets available from princebandroom.oztix.com.au
Doors open: 5.30pm
 
Sunday, 21 June, 2015 - Esso BHP Wellington Entertainment Centre, Sale VIC
Tickets on sale from 9.00am, Thursday, 26 March from www.ebbwec.com.au/
Doors open: 7.00pm
 
Friday, 26 June, 2015 - Old Museum Concert Hall, Brisbane, Qld
Tickets available from oldmuseum.org/
Doors open: 5.30pm
 
Saturday, 27 June, 2015 - Sunshine Coast Function Centre, Caloundra, Qld
Tickets available from www.sunshinecoastfunctioncentre.com.au/events.html
Doors open: 6.30pm
 
Sunday, 28 June, 2015 - Church Theatre, Toowoomba, Qld
Tickets available from www.empiretheatre.com.au/
Doors open: 6.30pm
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