The EDM community often gets caught up with negative stories, more often than not. Whether beef between artists, drugs at festivals or questions regarding it’s presence in today’s mainstream music, you rarely hear a heart-warming story.
Tanner Seebaum didn’t have the normal path to a DJ career. Diagnosed with a brain tumour at 2 years old, he went through several surgeries and treatments over the next 6 years before finally entering remission. Sadly in 2012, Tanner learned that the tumour has returned, this time terminal. Inoperable. Untreatable.
While most would face such news with sadness, Tanner took it as a reason, a motivation, a purpose to fulfil many of his life’s dreams and goals. One of these was to learn how to DJ. Starting disk-jockeying in June of 2012, through his community’s generosity he was able to fulfil a life-long dream. With many members of the Denver community contributing, Tanner was able to perform as the Hard Rock Hotel during the EDC Week in 2013. Sadly, weeks later, Tanner passed away.
A film was made documenting his time as a DJ and a cancer fighter, called Beats4Tanner. Proceeds from the film will do towards DJ Seebaum’s non-profit organisation, Tanner Seebaum Foundation. With the aim to help fund medical research on treatment of paediatric tumours of the brain and spine, Tanner story and legacy will live on.
The film has already received support from the likes of Krewella, Datsik and Downlink. As well as that, Skrillex offered to provide the music for the film and Diplo was in communication before and after his set in Las Vegas.