Since those days, Adrianâ€™s run nights at Barsoma and set up for all sorts of big-name DJs. Itâ€™s all that mixing with others in his breed, he says, that helped shape his sound.
â€œWhen I began it was very funky US deep house ... it was a good, easy sound to maintain. But over the course of Therapy and with the guys coming in playing disco and techno sets and progressive house and even break beats, it really broadened my sound.
"Now I have collections of techno, house, trip hop and very instrumental, after-hours stuff, but mostly for the clubs I like the deep, groovier house. I've been known to bang out a little drop with Scott Walker, so Iâ€™ve got the hard-charging, heads-down techno for the bigger rooms. Mostly I like bumpy, grindy house."
But after ten years of dishing out his special brand of sound in Brisbane clubs, Adrianâ€™s hoping to pack up the decks and move on to bigger things.
"I have plans for Asia over the next couple of years, especially China which is developing really quickly as the people become affluent and a bit more intense in their observations about how to relax and interact.
â€œIt seems to be a really interesting place at the moment for this type of performance in the club setting. Japan as well, which has been my main interest for a few years. I'll hopefully get a chance to touch down there soon."
So for those who want to catch some Matyear magic before he jets off, heâ€™ll be playing at the new Halo Lounge on Caxton Street soon.
â€œI've heard good reports about Halo; some very funky house and just a deep style as in the laidback Brisbane way. Itâ€™s still forward thinking in movement and colour and all the rest, but with that special kind of Brisbane feel."
Catch Adrian Matyear at the Halo Lounge on June 26.