Mastin explores a different direction
It was a new album and a new direction for singer-songwriter Reece Mastin in 2015 - four years after the then teenage singing sensation won TV's The X Factor and the hearts of the nation.
Now 20, Mastin said his latest offering, Change Colours, was a far cry from the post-X Factor self-titled album he released in 2011.
He said his new material represented his newfound freedom and independence, after parting ways with record label Sony and girlfriend, Home and Away star Rhiannon Fish, in February last year.
"I've been doing a lot of different things in the four years since I released the first album - and there have been lots of changes in all different parts of my life," Mastin said.
"I've had the sound for the album in my head and have been looking forward to doing it for a while."
Mastin said everything had fallen into place since he found new management with Mahalia Barnes - as well as a mentor in her father, Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy - and the right mix of musicians to support his own emerging brand of rock.
He said he was humbled to lay down tracks at Jimmy Barnes' home studio in 2015.
"It was a pretty amazing environment to record my album," Mastin said.
"Everyone was singing - it was amazing to hear and pretty humbling."
Mastin said two WA gigs - one at The Admiral Hotel in Kwinana on Saturday next week and the second at The Ravenswood on Sunday - would reveal the stories behind the songs.
He said he looked forward to sharing the stage with Nashville-based Australian singer-songwriter Alys Ffion and his younger sister Georgina.
"I didn't know if the tour would happen, but it has been really cool," he said.
Catch Reece Mastin at The Admiral Hotel at 7pm on Saturday, January 16, and The Ravenswood at 6pm on Sunday, January 17.
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