Joe Matera is an Italian-Australian singer/songwriter, guitarist, recording artist, music journalist and author. Over the course of his illustrious performing career, he has played guitar for famed British music legend Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel fame), performed on the festival stages in Europe and earned a Top 20 hit on Radio Berlin in Germany.
He has also been the support act for the likes of Mental As Anything, Brian Cadd, Russell Morris, Renée Geyer, Karise Eden (The Voice), Peter Criss (KISS), Bay City Rollers, Canned Heat, The Animals and many others in concert as well as, recorded several solo albums which have received release, via European record labels.
As a music journalist his writings and interviews appear in music magazines across the globe, from Guitar World, Guitar Player and Goldmine in the USA to Record Collector and Sound On Sound in the UK. He is also music columnist for regional newspaper, Shepparton News.
As an author, he released his first non-fiction book, 'Backstage Pass: The Grit and The Glamour' which was published by UK publishing house, Empire Publications. The book received glowing reviews around the world and became a #1 best seller on the Amazon Music Book charts in Sweden for two weeks in 2022.
In late 2022, he signed to iconic Australian record label Possum Records who released his all instrumental album, ‘The Lone Runner’ in March, 2023. The album debuted on the Australian ARIA Jazz and Blues Chart at #4 and spent three weeks in the Top 10.
In May, 2023 his first two instrumental rock albums, ‘Slave To The Fingers’ (2011) and ‘Creature Of Habit’ (2012) were reissued by US record label Renaissance Records as a 2-on-1 CD album with new liner notes, revised artwork and new bonus material.