Joshua Samuel Weisser (Pilderwasser) was born in 1888 in Novaya Ushitsa, Ukraine. As a child, Weisser was exposed to the tradition of Hassidic melodies and Hebrew zemirot through his father Aba Pilderwasser. Weisser began his formal musical education with the local hazzan of Novata Ushitsa, who taught him solfege and sight singing. He participated in many local synagogue choirs, studying under notable chazzanim such as Eliezer Gerovich.
Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA. Released his first album in 2004, and has been performing and recording ever since for fans all around the world. His artistic style combines reggae, rock, and rap, and is inspired by Hassidic music (primarily by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach). His lyrics contain many references to elements and issues within Judaism. Matisyahu is known for his unusual combination of Orthodox Jewish belief and popular music.