My Short Chat With Reece Mastin

Written by Jacqui James

THE 2011 AUSTRALIAN X Factor winner Reece Mastin quickly became a worldwide headline for all the right reasons. His first performance on the show set the standard and then he was only 16! Here’s his first performance to refresh your memory:



On December 9th his first single Good Night became available on iTunes which averaged one sale every 2.7 second for THE ENTIRE DAY on the Wednesday after its release it went Platinum. Then his debut self-titled album was released going Gold.

His debut album includes his take on chart-toppers including She Will Be Loved, Joker And The Thief, Paradise City and I Kissed A Girl, Breakeven and his first single, Good Night

But don’t think this teen will be Australia’s answer to Justin Bieber! Reece told Gigs ‘n Interviews that he has been writing since he was twelve. Viewers of X Factor would know that he likes to shake songs of his favourite artists/bands up and put his own thing to them.

So enjoy my chat with Reece which will be my last interview in 2011! Thanks Reece for your time and thankyou Nadia from Sony for your ongoing assistance.






When Luke read your name out from his card, do you remember what were your first thoughts? (it’s ok, you can swear.)

It was all a blur!

I bet hearing your new single Good Night on the radio the next day flipped you out?

Yes I never expected to hear myself on the radio.



How have you found recording your self-titled debut album?

I love {recording in the studio}!

You performed with Kylie for Petesakes looking so comfortable and you owned the stage! Happy birthday for the 24th of last month! You’re only young to most people. Has your loving Mum gave you the “stay grounded, remember your family” lecture yet?

Of course! {What Mum wouldn’t, Jacqui says}

Do you know where does your easiness and confidence come from?

I would have no idea but probably my love for music.

From your first performance everyone could see how you had that “X Factor”, but how young when you when you first started singing?

Around eight years old

What’s you’re all-time favourite Aerosmith and Gun ‘n Roses songs?

Areosmith – Crying and Love In An Elevator

GnR – Night Train and Paradise City

Not many people would know you nearly went deaf when you were younger. Does your X Factor Winner 2011 crown make you and your family more proud of this achievement?

I feel honoured and very lucky. {smiles}

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Do you have any regrets about anything that happened during X Factor?

No, no regrets.

Are you looking forward to starting to be a songwriter in the future?

I’ve been writing since I was 12, so there’s more to come.


Reece Mastin Tour Dates:

(Click on a date for more info)

12th Jan 12

Twin Towns
Gold Coast, Queensland

13th Jan 12

Twin Towns
Gold Coast, Queensland

14th Jan 12

QPac Concert Hall
Brisbane, QLD

15th Jan 12

Caloundra RSL
Caloundra, QLD

19th Jan 12

The Palms At Crown (Evening)
Melbourne, VIC

20th Jan 12

The Palms At Crown (Matinee)
Melbourne, VIC

20th Jan 12

The Palms At Crown (Evening)
Melbourne, VIC

21st Jan 12

The Palms At Crown (Matinee)
Melbourne, VIC

21st Jan 12

The Palms At Crown (Evening)
Melbourne, VIC

22nd Jan 12

Wrestpoint Entertainment Centre

26th Jan 12

Burswood Theatre
Perth , WA

27th Jan 12

Burswood Theatre
Perth , WA

28th Jan 12

Thebarton Theatre
Adelaide, SA

29th Jan 12

Thebarton Theatre
Adelaide, SA

31st Jan 12

Thebarton Theatre
Adelaide, SA

3rd Feb 12

Enmore Theatre
Sydney, NSW

4th Feb 12

Newcastle Civic Theatre
Newcastle, NSW

5th Feb 12

Canberra Southern Cross Club

Jacqui James

I'm an Australian author and music journalist from Melbourne. I've had articles and poetry published in several magazines and newspapers since finishing my Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing in 2001. In 2010 Gigs 'n Interviews was born. I launched it with my first big named interview and that was Vanessa Amorosi and then in 2012 I felt unbelievably privileged to interview Ronan Keating. I'm extremely proud of what Gigs 'n Interviews has become as it's seen as a platform for emerging artists and entertainers to be heard.

Looking forward to writing more children's books, I hope to change the wrong perception of children and adults with disabilities as I was born with Severe Cerebral Palsy (like Christy Brown who wrote My Left Foot). People can view my books at

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  1. Hi ur a fan of mine and ur HOTTTTTTTT.

  2. Hi I’m your number 1 fan I love you so much and I am proud of I thought you would win from your first audition onwards xx

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