DJ Sabatoge will open for Madchild on February 16 at the Scott Block Theatre in Red Deer.

DJ Sabatoge will open for Madchild on February 16 at the Scott Block Theatre in Red Deer.

Sylvan Lake DJ to open for Madchild in Red Deer on Feb. 16

DJ Sabatoge, an 11-year-old Laker who attends Ecole Mother Teresa under his given name Sebastian Reinhart, has been DJing for two years.

Sylvan Lake has become home to one of the youngest acts in hip-hop.

DJ Sabatoge, an 11-year-old Laker who attends Ecole Mother Teresa under his given name Sebastian Reinhart, has been DJing for two years. He explained he was drawn to the craft from his time spent as a hip hop dancer.

“I got into DJing after I went to Pound It Hip-Hop Studio [in Red Deer],” Reinhart said. “My instructor, Rico, DJ’s as well and I watched him perform during battles. I liked it so much that I asked him to teach me.”

Since that time, DJ Sabotage has performed at multiple charity events, school dances and birthday parties. However, the best is yet to come as DJ Sabotage’s debut gig comes on February 16 where he will be opening for Madchild who gained his fame performing with the Canadian hip-hop team Swollen Members.

“It will be his first huge exposure as a DJ and he will also be dancing,” Sebastian’s mother, Kim Reinhart said.

In fact, DJ Sabotage is one of the only hip-hop DJ’s that dances and mixes at the same time during his shows. His dancing took him all the way to New York City last year where he was the only Canadian to make the semi-finals in dance battles. Kim manages her son’s social media and gig booking, however Sebastian has paid for all of his own equipment.

“He saved his birthday money for his first speakers from Costco then he got his first mixer from Rico,” Kim said. “He saves his money from his gigs and this Christmas he bought everything new.”

Kim explained that Sebastian has always love music and that DJing just “came naturally” to him. “I like pop and hip hop,” Sebastian explained. “Usually I’ll play hip-hop but I’ll put on a couple country songs because some people like country too. I like to mix the pop and hip hop with it.”

His eclectic music tastes have won over his audiences throughout Central Alberta including a recent Christmas dance at Eckville Elementary School.

“Eckville was the first dance that had a line up for autographs. So that was pretty cool,” Kim said. “He was pretty pumped and it’s a good start.” Sebastian thinks he could go “pretty far” with DJing but for right now “it’s a good beginner job.”

You can find DJ Sabatoge on Facebook and Instragram. You can also purchase tickets for his show with Madchild at the Scott Block Theatre by visiting www.bandsintown.com.

reporter@sylvanlakenews.com