"....one of the most melodic and stylish guitarists I've heard" - Steve Harley (Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel)
“Joe Matera has an outstanding talent in using his words and his voice to reach his fan base right where it belongs. …in the Heart!” - Holger Hoffmann, Radio Henstedt-Ulzburg, Media Promotion for 'Wings & Wheels', Germany.
“…[songs] containing a lot of heart, honesty and authenticity" – Rock It! Magazine (Germany)
...a very technically astute guitarist - Rhythms magazine - (Australia)
"An emotional and passionate player....Melodic enough with sing-along choruses" - Powerplay magazine (UK)
"Joe Matera makes music from a very sweet perspective. It takes a certain amount of courage and conviction to strip one's music down to its basics and still come across with intended impact. Credit Matera for succeeding in doing just that, and making a record that resonates well in the process". - Goldmine magazine (USA)
"Fertile instrumental soundscapes wrought from seismic frettery" - Guitar & Bass (UK)
"Joe Matera's music is fresh and catchy, with plenty of hooks" - Jono Coleman (Studio TEN, Australia)
Australian based singer/songwriter/guitarist, music journalist, author and instrumentalist Joe Matera, is a melodious troubadour, having amassed quite an impressive track record in his music career. This includes playing guitar for famed British music legend Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel fame) to performing on the festival stages in Europe to scoring a Top 20 hit on Radio Berlin in Germany. His songs and music speak with authority and emotion straight from the heart.
Since 2011, he has recorded and released CD albums and EPs through European record labels W.A.R Productions in Austria and RVPrecords in The Netherlands. RVPrecords issued a best of album titled ‘Then And Now’ in Europe in 2016 followed by the EP, 'Heart Of Stone' in late 2017. September, 2018 saw the release of the all acoustic 'Waiting For The Sun' EP via the Mercury Fire Music label. His acoustic instrumental 'Brick By Brick' was voted #48 on Australia's SBS Chill Radio's Top 100 Chillest Tracks of 2020.
September, 2019 saw the release of the single, 'Overload' which was recorded and mixed at famed Sunlight Studios in Stockholm, Sweden with legendary Swedish producer Tomas Skogsberg (Backyard Babies, Entombed, The Hellacopters) at the helm. In April of 2020, Mercury Fire Music issued his most recent album 'Electric Wire'. And in October that same year he released the single 'Only One', which was again co-produced and mixed by Tomas Skogsberg in Sweden. In April of 2021 he issued his latest single 'Take A Look' which featured iconic Swedish guitarist Janne Schaffer (ABBA) on guitar, and in October, 2021 he released 'Inside Looking Out' which featured Don Powell (SLADE) guesting on drums. It was the fourth in a series of Swedish rock-based recordings co-produced with Tomas Skogsberg.
He regularly tours Europe, with his most recent European tour - his sixth to date - in April-May 2019. As a solo artist, he has appeared on television and radio, and also supported numerous major artists live in concert. These include iconic Australian acts such as Mental As Anything, Brian Cadd, Russell Morris, Karise Eden (The Voice Australia), Daryl Braithwaite, 1927 to American rocker Peter Criss (KISS) and blues legends Canned Heat, to 1970s Scottish tartan sensations, Bay City Rollers ft. Les McKeown and Irish soulster, Andrew Strong.
He is also a regular co-host of the 'Music Maestros' segment on Australia's ABC Radio Statewide Drive show with Nicole Chvastek.
In November, 2021 his first book, 'Backstage Pass : The Grit and The Glamour' was published worldwide via UK based Empire Publishing.