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 other artist recordings and has also worked with legendary US producer Tom Werman (Motley Crue, Cheap Trick, Poison)
His original guitar instrumental compositions have also appeared on various soundtracks including Australian movie Ricky!- The Movie (Nov. 2011) which features his acoustic instrumental 'Starry Night'. 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.
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 the CD ‘Creature Of Habit’ Joe’s first full length studio album via W.A.R Productions. This was followed by his first ever European tour that same month. The album also featured his first lead vocal outing on the track 'Fallen Angel' which was also issued as a European only CD single in January, 2013.
Joe's 2nd full length studio album 'Terra Firma' was released in January, 2014 on CD via W.A.R Productions in Europe. The vocal track 'Shining Star' was issued from the album as the first single. In May, 2014, Joe undertook the 'Terra Firma European Tour' - his most extensive European tour to date - in support of his latest album, that saw him performing headlining shows in Austria, Czech Rep., Germany, Poland, Netherlands and England. A 2nd vocal track 'Tell Me Why' off the same album was also released as single in July, 2014.
Having been a respected music journalist as well between 1999 and 2011, he had over 600 articles published. His many interviews and features appeared in countless music magazines around the world. From Australian Guitar and Rolling Stone in Australia to Classic Rock, Guitar & Bass, Metal Hammer and Total Guitar in the U.K, to Guitar World in the U.S and Chitarre in Italy. He provided exclusive interviews to online website Ultimate-Guitar.Com, and contributed to UK's Guardian Series Newspapers' 'Limited Edition' magazine as well as Fairfax Newspapers' M magazine, The Sunday Age in Melbourne, Australia.
During the course of his writing career, Joe interviewed a who's who of the music world, which include artists such as Aerosmith, Metallica, Guns & Roses, Thin Lizzy, Foo Fighters, Kiss, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Steely Dan, Roxy Music, The Doors, Bon Jovi, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Korn, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Marilyn Manson, Cheap Trick, Queen, Nickelback, Alice Cooper, Slayer, Foreigner, Blondie, Yes, HIM, The Shadows, John Mayer and many, many others. He also spent time on tour with numerous artists such as Nickelback, The Angels and Joe Satriani.