Mike Matera’s Drumming

Currently, I’m working with Orry Benavides on some short indie-pop songs. I also resumed working with Newark-based songwriter Monday Salnave – I’ll post updates of these new ventures momentarily.

I’ve been playing drums since the age of 17, mostly creating and performing original music.

After about two years of private lessons, my first band was “Midnight Fury”. We played a lot of covers but were drifting toward originals when I left to join North Bergen NJ-based rockers “The Motive”. The latter split after just over a year, after which I teamed with Ralph Carey to form “Sneak’s Noise“.

My later projects include Real Live Girl, Standpipe, Personnel (Monday Salnave), and occasional sit-ins with Northwest NJ-based Jambone.

My style is song-oriented and straightforward. I like a strong backbeat, with random hi-hat flourishes and syncopated bass-drum beats. My fills usually emphasize the snare over the toms. Usually.

Anyway, here are some tracks on which I’ve played.:

I also played the slight bit of keyboard you hear on that last one.

My influences include Ringo Starr, John Bonham, Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchell, Ian Paice, Stewart Copeland, Bruce Gary (The Knack), Dave Grohl, Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies), Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Joe Morello, Roy McDonald (The Muffs and Redd Kross), and many, many others. I love to see indie bands, and have been influenced by so many fine yet unknown drummers.