Cancer victim, 16, dies shortly after dream DJ gig in Las Vegas – Las Vegas Sun News

This is such a beautiful story. I am so glad DJ Mash-Up King gave this kid a chance to fulfill his dream DJ gig before he died. It is unfortunate that few professional DJs provide these kinds of opportunities for individuals like Tanner Seebaum, or anybody who has a dream DJ gig. It continues to disappoint me that the Wedding DJ and Party DJ industries are predominantly a business of me-first, all-about-the-money entertainers.  Like most professionals, we have to support our communities and make sure we share our experience and talents when opportunities are right for us.

Dream DJ Gig by Cancer Patient with Rhode Island Wedding DJ

Tanner Seebaum scrolls through a song list on a Macbook Pro while serving as guest DJ at Rehab on Saturday afternoon.

By Brian Nordli (contact)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 | 11 p.m.

Cancer victim, 16, dies shortly after Dream DJ Gig

Teen DJ Tanner Seebaum died on Friday in Centennial, Colo., after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

Seebaum, 16, had battled brain tumors for most of his life and was diagnosed last year with an inoperable tumor. Around June, doctors gave him only a few weeks to live.

With the help of DJ Mash-Up King (Landon Dyksterhouse) and the Hard Rock Hotel, Seebaum fulfilled his final wish in Las Vegas. Seebaum, who was an avid DJ, was given an hourlong slot on June 22 to perform a set at Rehab Pool during Electric Daisy Carnival weekend. His medley of beats and song mash-ups kept the crowd at the famous day club dancing and bobbing their heads poolside.

It was a dream DJ gig he never thought would come true.

“We’re just very thankful to Las Vegas in general for changing our perception of the people, of the attitudes, and graciousness and openness they showed for letting Tanner do this; to Landon, to Hard Rock, they did a lot to make that happen for Tanner,” Matt Seebaum, Tanner’s father, said. “It’s kind of what he needed to let go. We sort of joked that he had to do Vegas before he could let go.”

Tanner is survived by his parents, Matt and Stephanie Seebaum, and sister, Ellie. Donations can be made to the Tanner Seebaum Foundation at The foundation raises money for brain and spine tumor research.

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Volunteer DJ stint turns into second career | Payson Roundup – Payson, AZ

Life’s funny.

#You never know when some dumb, little moment is a turning point in disguise.

#Witness the life of Fred Carpenter, whose decades of public service led him to his five-year stint as Payson town manager — which ended last year in an ice crystal flurry of controversy.

#But the turning point that led to his latest incarnation as a DJ for weddings and special events and Saturday morning music host on KCMA (98.5 FM) came almost unnoticed nearly a decade ago. At the time, he was town manager of Buckeye, then a sleepy rural community on the outskirts of Phoenix. Someone suggested the town throw a dance for the kids in Buckeye. When Carpenter heard that the only thing standing between the desperately bored teenagers of Buckeye and a happy Friday night was a DJ, he volunteered.

#”I kind of got roped into it,” he says now.

#So every week, he scoured the record stores and bought the current top-10 to gladden the hearts of the restless youth of Buckeye.

#Turns out, the career bureaucrat had music in his soul — and a knack for making people dance.

#”So gradually, people started asking me to do other stuff,” says Carpenter.

#Fast forward through a career in public service and the itinerant life of a town manager. Most city and town managers keep a bag packed. They must carry out the policies of whoever has the votes on the town council. And small towns being what they are, today’s 4-3 majority inevitably becomes tomorrow’s 3-4 minority. And unless the town manager is exceptionally light on his feet, the incoming majority finds a way to blame him for the sins of the old majority. So town managers all have their firings and their contract buyouts and their interesting and speckled resumes.

#After getting his master’s in public administration from Arizona State University, the Army veteran did an internship in Guadalupe, served as the first town manager of Prescott Valley, spent 12 years running Buckeye, did a three-year stint in Heston, Kansas, ran Wickenburg for four years and then served as the Payson town manager for five years.

#And during much of that time, he accumulated a massive collection of music so he could play the sound track to the great moments of people’s lives — especially weddings. He also took on a part-time job as a radio disc jockey first at a radio station in Wickenburg and now at KCMA (98.5 FM).

#His local show airs for two hours on Saturday morning and is partially sponsored by the Payson Roundup. Listeners are treated to the eclectic wanderings of a lifelong music lover and would never suspect from his insightful comments on obscure music trivia and musician meltdown, that he spent most of his life dodging council crossfires and getting the roads paved, the parks planted and the budget balanced.

#”This is totally different from local government,” he says happily. “When you’re playing music — everybody’s happy. In government you can never make everybody happy, no matter what you do.”

#When it comes to picking tunes for the radio show — he’s on a mission.

#”My philosophy is that I want to come up with songs — and artists — people don’t hear all the time. I won’t be playing Suicidal Tendencies, but will find people like Leo Kottke, Lyle Lovett and John Pryne. Or when you do play someone people know, play the songs they don’t hear.

#”Everyone plays “Margaritaville,” but when I play Jimmy Buffett, I can pull any one of 50 great singles that no one ever hears. Rolling Stones, REM, John Stewart — they have a great body of work, most of which you never hear on the radio.”

#So he’s collecting the last of his seven-months of severance pay from Payson, filing for his public employee pension, signing up for Social Security, making people dance at weddings, introducing people to songs they didn’t know they’d love on the radio — and making no plans to leave Payson.

#After a long career as a public service vagabond, Payson is home.

via Volunteer DJ stint turns into second career | Payson Roundup – Payson, AZ.

Volunteer DJ shares the power of Native American music | Reznet News

Volunteer DJ shares the power of Native American music | Reznet News.


Most kids can’t remember their first birthday, but Kevin Kicking Woman can.

He was 14 years old, his party consisted of cake, presents and a barbecue.

“I felt corny because I never had one before so I didn’t know how to act. You always think about them all the time,” he said.

But his childhood wasn’t always filled with positive memories. When he was two years old his father put him up for adoption and then he moved around from home to home. He faced abuse, was taunted by his siblings and missed out on the typical childhood most children have.

Eventually his bedroom became his only solitude. He often would have to hours in his room alone but this wasn’t necessarily a punishment because it was through these moments he began to sing Native American songs that gave him strength. Singing became a gateway that allowed him to leave this world and lose himself in the music and the power of the songs.

“When I start singing I praised the spirits that help carry me,” he said.

And now he helps others through the power of music as a volunteer DJ at KBGA College Radio at the University of Montana where he has his own show called ‘Greeting the Sun’. Kicking Woman’s show airs every Friday morning from 6-9 a.m. But before he slips into his radio voice he finishes his two other jobs. In the mornings from 3:30-7:30 a.m. Kicking Woman is a part-time custodian at the Missoula Indian Center and then he goes onto his second job at the University where he works as a Bridges Baccalaureate coordinator. As a coordinator he recruits Native American students from tribal colleges for the Bridges Program, which is a science and bio-medicine program.

While the two non-radio jobs provide for his wife Joni Kicking Woman and three of his five children at home (the other two are in college), it’s the radio gig that keeps him afloat. The radio show consists of traditional songs and an occasional live performance from him.

Kicking Woman attended Haskell Indian Nations University soon out of high school but decided he was better off in the military and signed up for the Navy. When he finished he started working in a number of places and eventually decided it was time to return to college. In 2011 he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Native American studies and anthropology from the University of Montana. He is currently working on a master’s degree in cultural anthropology in music. He wants to use this degree to document Native American songs of the Blackfeet tribe.

His path to a happy, successful life wasn’t an easy one, but it’s one that can be learned from.

His mother left him when he was six months old, leaving his father to raise him. But his father had problems of his own. He eventually was placed into three abusive homes until he was finally old enough to take care of himself. At nine-years-old Kicking Woman had enough. After being knocked out by a shoe that was thrown at him from across the room he turned to prayer for help.

“I sat at the edge of the bed and I began to cry. I asked God to kill them and I was going to kill myself. All of a sudden I got this really warm feeling in my body and it was like a message came to me. It said ‘Look into your heart there’s a fire burning don’t let it go out’,” Kicking Woman said.

From that moment on he decided that nothing was going to get him down. When he turned 18 he decided to go to college. He attended Haskell Indian Nations University and entered the Navy.

“One of the reasons I joined the Navy was because of my dad. I asked him one time when I was a kid what makes a good man and he said a military man,” Kicking Woman said. “In the Navy I wasn’t that abused kid that everybody knew at home. There I had a fresh start.”

That fresh start led him to a whole new life where he was finally able to decide his own fate. In August of 1991 he married his wife Joni and soon followed their five children. Like most adults Kicking Woman often finds the weight of the world a little too heavy on some days. So when he isn’t with his family or at work he spends his free time at the local swimming pool.

“It’s like therapy. When you’ve got a healthy mind and body everything just follows,” he said. “ You just feel good.”

Swimming and singing have gotten Kicking Woman through a lifetime of pain and happiness. Having overcome a childhood of abuse he has accomplished so much
in his adult life and over the years he has forgiven those families that harmed him. He said he tried not to let the negative memories sneak into his mind and instead uses it to help him move forward.

“If I put energy into [worrying] then it’s wasted energy,” Kicking Woman said.

Stacy Thacker (Navajo) is from Navajo, N.M.


DJs Helping In Times Of Need

When crisis situations hit, music and dance can be healing forces to restore order, peace and joy within a community. It is important that musicians and DJs offer their services to members of our communities to support recovery from crisis situations like Hurricane Sandy. As someone that had lost my power and had to be displaced for almost a week from New Jersey, I am glad to be able to get back home today and make myself available for any fundraisers or local events to bring us all to our normal selves as much as possible. Many people and families have had to endure much more challenging circumstances than mine and I want do my part as a professional DJ to support the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania area as we try to find our way back to life as it was before.

 DJs Need To Help!

With this in mind, I encourage all of the DJs and musicians in the New Jersey, New York and Philly area to pitch-in and help out when possible. Music, dance and celebration have been a way that humans have collectively utilized as a vehicle to find joy and fun during many very challenging times and we will do it again, since we know it works. Us professional DJs need to participate to whatever degree we can.

Volunteer DJs shares the power of Native American music

Kevin Kicking Woman overcame a life of abuse and now helps others through music as volunteer DJ for KBGA College radio at the University of Montana. And now he helps others through the power of music as a volunteer DJ at KBGA College Radio at the University of Montana where he has his own show called ‘Greeting the Sun’.

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Ticket 2 Eternity Productions (formerly Playing with Meds) presents BINGO Night DJ Fundraiser!

So we’re hosting a BINGO night! The real deal…balls and all:)

Wednesday, April 20 at 7pm to Midnight.
Drop by anytime. Stay for awhile or a game or two!

Jimmy’s No. 43 on the LES.
43 e 7th st btw 2nd and 3rd ave.

Fun times!
Our lovely hosts for the night include our very own David Marshall and Christina Klessig.

And DJ Mystical Michael is back! So there will be DJ music and dancing! Yeah!

Fun prizes to be won! Drink specials and comraderie! Special guests!!!

No cover. $5 per bingo card game and a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Prizes include shopping tours, personal training, personal designated driver for the night, yoga sessions, products and much more.

PRIZE Just added….ABC tour with anchor, Ken Rosato and a seat at the Colbert Report taping on May 11!

$1 off beers and house wines

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Adyana and Company

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