Absolutely brilliant! This song has already made it to the top of my playlist and I expect it to stay there for a while. Really good stuff.
– The Best Music You Have Never Heard
This Box Makes Noise has a sound and melody that takes the listener right into the heart of the American dream, the challenge of survival, and the relationships we all encounter.
– The Equal Ground
Joe Matzzie’s unique sound revolves around his gentle yet raspy vocals and melodic, acoustic guitar riffs. His songs have a folk foundation, but Matzzie enjoys dabbling in genres across the board. Defined, acoustic guitar-driven folk songs like “California Dreamin on Ya” and the harmony filled “It’s All True” exemplify Matzzie’s core sound and display his gifted songwriting ability.
– Music Connection Magazine
Joe Matzzie is a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist. His songs reflect an inherent love and passion for storytelling with a prosodic sincerity. Joe grew up in the post-industrial comic book that is Pittsburgh, PA and has been playing guitar since the age of five. His first guitar lessons were at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh and his first performance experience was in the Our Lady of Grace church folk group at the age of ten. An obsessed fan of songs, he would pour over the music of The Beatles, Gordon Lightfoot and John Denver, pondering the meaning of such obtuse lyrics as “She’s got a ticket to ride and she don’t care”.
Moving to New York City after graduation from Duquesne University School of Music, Joe founded the five-piece band Joe Matzzie Beyond Belief and began playing clubs such as The Continental, CBs Gallery and Arlene Grocery. He produced and released the EP The First 20 Minutes and then the full length album It’s All True, in the process founding his own record label U.S.Records and publishing company There’s Been a Publishing.
At the same time his love of acoustic, folk and traditional styles of music led him to the festive world of Renaissance fairs. Joe was a founding member of the group Mince Pye who performed at the New York Renaissance Faire and garnered a huge underground following at such events as the New York City Witches’ Ball. Over the years he has played in such diverse styles as Renaissance, Medieval, Traditional Celtic, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Old Time Fiddle Music, Macedonian Gypsy Folk and Hawaiian.
Joe turned away from writing songs after 2001, and turned to composing for film and freelancing as a guitarist. This brought him through the film scoring program at Berklee College of Music and eventually to Los Angeles. He has assisted other film composers with music preparation, orchestration and hardware and software support. Joe’s compositions have appeared in movies, television, radio, web videos, theater and interactive games.
In 2013 Joe launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fan-fund a new album of songs titled This Box Makes Noise. The album is due out this spring and is a collaboration with producer Brian Packer. It also features Nate Laguzza on drums and Adam Popick on bass. This Box Makes Noise signals Joe’s return to the musical medium that originally captured his imagination and inspired his heart so many years ago.