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.

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