Electronic musician Michael Matera started out his musical
career as a guitar player, trying to push the limits of
what a guitar was supposed to sound like, it didnt take
long for Michael to find out how he could expand his sonic
pallet with the addition of keyboards.
first solo release, titled M, was met with positive reviews
from many of Michael's peers in the electronic music scene.
M is a collection of songs dating back to Michael's pre-keyboard
days and features a few guitar only tracks, but you may
have difficulty picking these tracks out from the synth
tracks. "I always wanted to make the guitars sound
more synthetic" says Matera, "not that I find
anything wrong with the natural sound of the guitar, I just
wanted to expand on the tone and push it in anyway i could."
Matera's second CD released in winter of 2000, expands on
the electronic styles from M. Two is a more percussion and
beat oriented CD, consciously Michael was going for a more
tribal sounding album. The inspiration for some of the tracks
came from the adoption of an orphan elephant named Uaso.
"Everyone asks me where I keep the baby elephant"
says matera. "Actually The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
is responsible for the upbringing of little Uaso. Basically
you donate money to help with the expenses of successfully
raising the orphan and ultimately having the elephant released
back into the wild." For more information on the Sheldrick
Wildlife Trust visit http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org
Both of Michael Matera's releases are available at Neverwhere
Direct. Click here for more informationand to listen to
some tracks from these releases. Also check out Michael's
official website at http://www.matera.net