Joe Matera

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“Joe Matera is a great guitarist , he knows what an electric guitar should sound like and plays a fluid pleasing style of rock” – Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music)

“….one of the most melodic and stylish guitarists I’ve heard” – Steve Harley (Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel)

JOE MATERA is an Australian solo instrumental artist, rock guitarist and recording artist for European based record label W.A.R Productions . As a 25 + year veteran of countless original and covers outfits, his impressive playing CV includes, being lead guitarist in Australian rock outfit GEISHA (2007 – 2010) and founding lead guitarist for classic rock band DOUBLE VISION (2003 – 2008). He has also contributed guitar to a number of various projects and recordings, one of which include being guest guitar soloist on legendary UK metallers Atomkraft‘s scorching cover of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Cold Sweat’. He has also worked with legendary US producer Tom Werman (Motley Crue, Cheap Trick, Poison) who produced two tracks for Matera’s former band Geisha. Both recordings feature Matera’s electric guitar playing.

One of his original guitar instrumental compositions, ‘Starry Night’ appears on the soundtrack to the Australian movie Ricky!- The Movie (Nov. 2011). He has served as lead guitarist in the orchestra for local award winning stage productions of Les Misérables and Chess, and as a seasoned live performer, has shared the stage with some of Australia’s top acts such as Dragon, Taxiride and others. He currently records and performs as a solo instrumental rock artist & singer-songwriter. His first official outing as solo artist was the acoustic instrumental ‘Travellin’ West’ in Sept. 2010. In November, 2011 he released ‘Slave To The Fingers’ an all-electric instrumental EP CD via European record label W.A.R Productions.

In April, 2012 Joe played guitar and performed with legendary English singer/songwriter Steve Harley for a series of live acoustic performances for radio and TV on Harley’s first ever promo tour of Australia.

September, 2012 saw the release of ‘Creature Of Habit’ Joe’s 2nd CD release via W.A.R Productions and his first full length album. The album also features his first lead vocal outing on the track Fallen Angel which was issued as a European only CD single in January, 2013. November, 2013 saw the release of ‘Terra Firma‘, his 2nd full length album via W.A.R Productions.

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