Interview: Reece Mastin

JJ McConnachie

JJ McConnachie is a writer, book and movie lover, and a technology geek.

Even if you’re not a fan of Reece Mastin, chances are you have a sister, friend or daughter who’s been hit by Mastin fever. Chelsey’s JJ catches up with Reece to see what all the fuss is about.

What are you up to while in New Zealand? You have a tour here coming up?

That’s right! It starts off February 14th, kicking off in Hamilton.

Your New Zealand fans always seem to go a little crazy when you come over. Are your New Zealand fans different from your Australian ones?

Yeah, I think that I’m always in Australia, so my Australian fans all know that I’ll be coming back, but with New Zealand they don’t know when I’m coming back so when I do come back the buzz happens a bit quicker over here.

What’s the craziest thing a fan has ever done?

In Auckland my guitarist jumped into the crowd, and in Australia when that happens the girls will grab but then let go. But this time, these girls held on and dragged him in, ripped his shirt and stole his necklace and then as he pulled his guitar out of the crowd (because they’d stolen that too), a big clump of the girl’s hair came with it. It was full on!


So you didn’t do any crowd surfing after that?

No, I was about to crowd surf, but after that… that wasn’t going to happen! I’d be ripped to shreds.

Is it scary when you get mobbed by your fans?

I’ve got a security guard that looks after me, but the thing is, they’re not there to hurt me. If they were, then I’d be worried!

You spend so much time away, doing promotions like this, and touring. Do you ever get homesick?

I’ve just moved in with Rhiannon [Fish]. I look at that as home now, so I don’t really get that homesick because I have somebody to go back to. I get to see my family every time I go back, and I go every couple of months.

You released your second album back in October. How was that recording process different to the recording of your first album?

The first one we had three days to do it in, and this one we had about two months. It was punishing doing the vocal sessions for the first one, but it worked out well. Luckily, for this one we had time to write and produce it and get it the way we wanted it.

And you worked with Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden on the album - what was that like?

He’s a cool bloke. He’s a really good mate as well, so he’s good to chat to about touring and talking to fans. He’s an amazing writer as well.

You’ve been songwriting since you were quite young. What comes first, lyrics or riffs?

Both! Sometimes I have a lyric in my head, or a melody, and sometimes I have guitar chords… I don’t really set out to do it one way. I let whatever comes, come.

What song (off either of your albums) are you most proud of?

I love StarsStars is my favourite, and there’s a track called Timeless on the album as well that I love.

Do you consider yourself to be a “rock star” or a “pop star”?

I’d say rock star, but I’m guessing people would probably want to fight me on that!

Obviously a lot has changed since X-Factor - you’ve had a lot of successes. But how do you think your experiences have changed you as a person?

I think I grew up really quickly from the show. I was alone a lot of the time and that gave me the chance to figure some things out about myself, which I’m really glad I got to do. I feel like I’ve aged ten years in a year!

What’s the best thing about being you, right now.

I’m never alone. I’ve always got somebody to talk to so I’m never lonely.

Conversely, would the worst thing then be that you never get alone time?

[Laughs] Yeah! But I don’t really mind it that much.

Where would you rather hold a concert: a castle in Germany, on top of a large iceberg, or the Collosseum in Rome?

A castle in Germany. I could fit more people in there!

Reece Mastin is set to return to New Zealand for a national tour in February 2013, celebrating his recently released sophomore album Beautiful Nightmare.

Reece will perform seven shows throughout the country, kicking off in Hamilton’s Founders Theatre on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.  Tickets for all shows will go on sale Monday November 19th.

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