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Joe Matera

Joe Matera

Joe Matera has contributed extensively to Australian Musician. His work has appeared in Guitar World, Total Guitar, Metal Hammer, Rolling Stone, Classic Rock, Kerrang!, Juice and Australian Guitar.

As a singer/songwriter/instrumentalist and guitarist, Joe is a melodious troubadour, having amassed quite an impressive track record in his 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 CDs through European record label W.A.R Productions, and tours Europe each year. As a solo artist, he has performed live in concert supporting the likes of Aussie music legends Mental As Anything, American rocker Peter Criss (KISS) and Scottish 1970s tartan sensations, Bay City Rollers. He recently issued his third full length studio album Louder Than Words as well as, an EP Heart Of Stone, released in Europe through Dutch label RVPrecords in late 2017.

" of the most melodic and stylish guitarists I've heard" – Steve Harley

“…[songs] containing a lot of heart, honesty and authenticity" Rock It! Magazine (Germany)

Joe Matera online

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Andrew Gold

Interview by Joe Matera, International Songwriter, 2000

Joe Matera: Tell me a bit about your background. You started writing songs at 13?Andrew Gold: Yeah, I started around then (13). My first song ...

Twisted Sister: An Interview with Jay Jay French

Interview by Joe Matera, Australian Musician, 2000

Taking their lead from their glam-rock roots, Twisted Sister went on to become one of the biggest bands of the 80s. In 1984, the band, ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Jim Marshall Interview

Interview by Joe Matera, Mixdown, 2001

In a rare and candid interview, the man behind the legendary amplifier talks to Joe Matera about the Marshall legacy. ...

Nickelback Down Under

Report and Interview by Joe Matera, Australian Musician, December 2001

WHEN CANADIAN ROCKERS Nickelback released their USA debut The State in March 2000, two singles from the album ‘Leader Of Men’ and ‘Breathe’ went top ...

Grand Funk Railroad, KISS, Bruce Kulick, Meat Loaf, Union: An Interview with Bruce Kulick

Interview by Joe Matera, Powerplay, 2002

Former KISS six-stringer Bruce Kulick needs no introduction. He is a well-respected musician, songwriter and guitarist in his own right. After his stint in one ...

The Beatles, George Martin: Arise, Sir George: The Man Behind the Beatles

Interview by Joe Matera, Mixdown, 2002

BEST KNOWN as the man who produced the Beatles, Sir George Martin was there at the beginning of the British pop revolution and went on ...

Bryan Adams: Everything He Does: Bryan Adams

Interview by Joe Matera, Mixdown, 2002

Rock legend Bryan Adams needs no introduction. His hits have now become classic rock radio staples - ‘Run To You’, ‘Summer Of ‘69’ and ‘Everything ...

Toto: Steve Lukather: An Interview

Interview by Joe Matera, Mixdown, 2002

THE NAME STEVE LUKATHER is well respected amongst musicians and guitarists alike worldwide. Still in his teens, Lukather joined Boz Scaggs' backing band, then went ...

The Scorpions' Rudolf Schenker: An Interview

Report and Interview by Joe Matera, Powerplay, 2002

One of metal's most enduring and successful bands, The Scorpions have been taking their German bred metal to the masses for over 35 years now. ...

Journey, Santana: Gregg Rolie's Musical Journey

Interview by Joe Matera, Mixdown, March 2002

WHILE HE MIGHT not be a household name on his own, Gregg Rolie is responsible for co-founding two phenomenally popular, multi-platinum many times over super ...

Chris Whitley

Interview by Joe Matera, Mixdown, 2003

HOTEL VAST HORIZON is the latest offering from US-based singer-songwriter Chris Whitley – who's been likened to Bob Dylan – that sees him returning to ...

Keith Urban

Interview by Joe Matera, Mixdown, 2003

GOLDEN ROAD, the second solo album from Keith Urban, symbolizes the life and musical journey that has taken him from the Australian farm town of ...

Primal Scream: An Interview with Andrew Innes

Interview by Joe Matera, Total Guitar, 2003

JM: Over the years Primal Scream have continued to re-invent themselves musically with each subsequent release. In it's early incarnation it was a jangly Byrds ...

Johnny Marr: The Johnny Marr Interview

Interview by Joe Matera, Total Guitar, 2003

Joe Matera: Boomslang showcases a new sound for you that seems to be the culmination of all the different musical influences you've been exposed to ...

Richard Thompson

Interview by Joe Matera, Australian Musician, Spring 2003

HE'S ALREADY ACHIEVED more as a songwriter and instrumentalist than most musicians could do in a lifetime. His sound is familiar, with ties to practically ...

The Saints: I’m Stranded: Ed Kuepper on the Making of the Saints’ Classic Debut

Interview by Joe Matera, Australian Guitar, 2004

JM: You actually did two sessions for I’m Stranded. Did you use the same gear for both sessions? ...

Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Widowmaker (UK): Bass Instincts: The Bob Daisley Interview

Interview by Joe Matera, Total Bass Guitar, 2004

FOR MORE THAN 30 years now, Australian born-bassist Bob Daisley has been laying down the foundation of which some of the greatest rock and roll ...

Eagles of Death Metal, Queens Of The Stone Age: Josh Homme: New QOTSA Album "Shakes More Ass Than Ever Before"

Interview by Joe Matera,, 30 June 2007

ERA VULGARIS — which is Latin for Common Era —is the new studio outing for stoner-rock stalwarts Queens Of The Stone Age. ...

Hank Marvin: Hank B. Marvin (2007)

Interview by Joe Matera, Rock's Backpages audio, 27 August 2007

The chief Shadow talks about the changes in recording technology since he first went into a studio with Cliff in 1958; discusses his guitar techniques, and about getting his first Stratocaster and AC30 amplifier.

File format: mp3; file size: 18.5mb, interview length: 20' 14" sound quality: *****

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