X Factor winner coming to Palmerston North
Palmerston North teenagers, get excited – Australian teen-rocker Reece Mastin is coming to the city.
The 17-year-old Australian X Factor winner will be performing at The Regent on Broadway on February 19 to promote his album Beautiful Nightmare.
A tired Mastin – who said he felt like he had been awake for 30 hours told the Manawatu Standardnf he had never been to Palmerston North but was looking forward to his visit.
‘‘The big thing for the band was to go places we have never been before.
‘‘It sounds like a great place to be from what people are talking about on Facebook and Twitter.’’
In just a year, Mastin has gone from relative obscurity to Australasian superstardom, all on the back of talent show X Factor.
He has released two albums and had two singles hit No 1 on this side of the Tasman.
Mastin said his shot to fame had been sudden, but insisted he had put in the hard yards beforehand.
‘‘Before the show I had been playing in pubs for the last two or three years,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s good that I got to do the hard work. Now that I’m working in the industry it’s even harder.
Just 10 months separate his debut self-titled album and his latest release, but Mastin said he was already working on material for a third.
While an outspoken fan of rock music, Mastin said he made an effort to make each song different.
‘‘On the album we found a way to have all the rock stuff – you’ve got the guitars and the riffs – but do it with something different on each song.
‘‘There’s some dance, funk, pop, so we made this hybrid rock sound, which worked out.’’
While he has only been on the scene for a year, Mastin said he wanted to head overseas to push his music further.
‘‘But New Zealand and Australia will always be my priority,’’ Mastin said ahead of the summer tour.