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San Diego says farewell to retiring DJ Brett Henrichsen

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Brett Henrichsen - Facebook

This Saturday's performance by DJ Brett Henrichsen at Overdrive will be one of his last ever.

With a career spanning two decades, Henrichsen, a true music maker, has made an indelible mark on the industry in both mind and spirit. During his time as a Marketing Specialist for IBM, Henrichsen was active in the LGBT nightlife scene especially listening to the music from DJs who drove the dancefloor. It moved him but sadly wasn't available outside the clubs. 

But he thought of a solution: make compilation CDs that featured those sounds. The MASTERbeat CDs were born. These compact discs captured all the intensity, all the inspiration, and all uplifting feelings that, until then, could only be experienced on the dancefloor. 

Kaleb Nicola whose company Happy Dark Productions brings Overdrive to life says that Henrichsen and his popular CDs were his introduction to the queer nightlife scene long before he stepped foot on the dancefloor himself. 

"The sense of freedom and joy I felt in his progressive vocal music drew me in and, in many ways, made me the man I am today," said Nicola.

Eventually, MASTERbeat would grow from CDs to the largest producer of gay events in the USA, an internationally recognized brand. This would also lead Henrichsen from producer to performer ultimately making his way to the DJ booth himself which meant he could create his own musical environment.

"He was among the first DJ’s I ever heard live (before knowing it was him) during San Diego’s Montage days," Nicola adds. "Without the inspiration I gained from those nights, witnessing how they connected and uplifted people, I would not be an event producer today and San Diego’s nightlife (and Montage, which is now called Spin) would not exist as it does."

With all of his success and fame, Henrichsen traveled the world bringing his brand to places like The White Party in Palm Springs, Amsterdam, London, Asia, Madrid, Barcelona, and Sydney to name a few.

Sadly, the DJ is stepping away from the deck indefinitely in January with one of his final performances being held at Overdrive this Saturday. His final one being January 1 at Revival: The Official Closing Party of New Year's LA.

If you can't get to Los Angeles to see his farewell, you can wish him good luck at Overdrive at Spin this Saturday along with Nicola. 

"Thank you, Brett," Nicola says. "Your sets will truly be missed but your legacy will live on through the thousands you have inspired, myself included." 

Techniche and Overdrive with DJ Brett Henrichsen is on Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 10 pm to Sunday, December 22, 2019, 5 am at Spin Nightclub.

Spin is located at 2028 Hancock Street, 92110.