"....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)
Australian singer/songwriter/guitarist 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 four well-received CD albums through European record label W.A.R Productions, including his most recent studio album, ‘Louder Than Words’.
He also tours Europe on a regular basis, with his most recent European tour - his sixth to date - in April-May 2019. A best of album titled ‘Then And Now’ was also released in Europe by Dutch record label RVPrecords in 2016. The label also issued 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 the #49 on SBS Chill Radio's Top 100 Chillest Tracks of 2018.
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, Russell Morris, Daryl Braithwaite 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.
‘Overload’ was recorded at the famed Sunlight Studios in Stockholm, Sweden during Joe Matera's Swedish Tour in May, 2019. Legendary Swedish producer Tomas Skogsberg (Backyard Babies, Entombed, The Hellacopters) co-produced the track with Matera. Skogsberg also mixed the track. Matera also achieved a first while at Sunlight Studios; having the honour of becoming the first Australian artist to record there in the studio’s 30+ year history.
The catchy, driving acoustic rock track will speak directly to the heart of anybody who is struggling in their lives feeling different and feeling judged, while coping with what life is like today, when it at times, it just gets too much.
‘Overload’ is released on September 20th, 2019 via Mercury Fire Music and is available on all digital outlets and streaming platforms.
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