Many of you have heard about the heartfelt story of a young 16-year-old DJ, Tanner Seebaum (aka DJ Seebaum), who's battling brain cancer. The DJ community has been touched and inspired by Tanner's will to push forward to pursue his dream even with his deteriorating health. Britt Chester, who was the first to break this story in a Westword blog, reached out to us in hope of finding a proper way to carry the essentials for his medication and treatment, in a DJ bag. We didn't hestitate and did what we thought was a no-brainer.
I've had a chance to reach out to Matthew, Tanner's father, to hear more about Tanner and catch a glimpse of what he and his family are calling Tanner's "Ultimate DJ Week" which spanned from June 15th to 23rd. He DJed at Digital Cirus in his hometown of Denver on June 15, opening for the headliner of the night, Berverli Trillz, on the Dub-Trap stage. Then on June 19, he killed it in a 1-hour set in between the sets of Reid Speed and one of his heroes, Downlink, in a benefit event for Tanner that was put together by some local DJs. His "Ultimate DJ Week" continued from there on a private plane to Vegas, where he played a set at Rehab at Hard Rock on Saturday 22 for the EDC weekend crowd which DJ Seebaum said was "amazing!" Then finally, back to Rehab on Sunday to hang out with Faboy Slim, Boyz Noise, and Robbie Rivera. Matthew said they got back on June 24, and Tanner was "wiped out, but this was his dream", and he found a way to power through the biggest gigs of his life to date. The Denver gigs were made possible by DJ Walt White, DJ Ishe, Dirt Monkey, and Global DJ Academy, and the Vegas gig by Landon Dyksterhouse (Mash-up King).
On Friday, June 28, Tanner was asked to play at the Beatport headquarters live broadcast. A live recording can be found at this link. http://ustream.tv/beatport. Seeing how he did his thing from the video, he definitely rocked it although Tanner's health has been in declined since coming back from Vegas, and became moslty paralyzed on his right side.
Tanner's outlet for dealing with cancer is DJing, and his way of dealing with so much at such a young age makes him an inspiration to the DJ community and beyond. We asked that those who can and are interested in donating, to visit http://www.tannersfoundation.org to make a contribution.
Read more about Tanner's story from Britt who was the first to break this story. http://blogs.westword.com/backbeat/2013/06/tanner_seabaum_16-year-old_dj_battling_cancer.php
I'd like to thank Britt and Matthew for taking their time to share this amazing story with us.