Sylvan Lake’s youngest DJ and hip hop aficionado DJ Sabatoge, AKA 11-year-old Sebastian Reinhart recently opened for Canadian hip hop legend Madchild, who was once a member of Vancouver’s Swollen Members.
“It went pretty good,” Reinhart said. “At first I was nervous but as I got into it I was more comfortable. I had my dance mates there dancing for the crowd and sometimes I came out. It was awesome.”
DJ Sabatoge was one of the opening acts at Red Deer’s Scott Block Theatre hosted where the evening was hosted by local promotion company, Marked UP. Stephen Donahue, Reinhart’s instructor, had put him in touch with Marked UP in order to put together his first gig.
“I practise DJing quite a bit and I take lessons from DJ Donahue in Red Deer,” Reinhart said. “That has helped me a lot. I made a play list for the show and he[Donahue] said don’t be nervous, do what you do and have a lot of fun.”
Not only was Reinhart able to perform, he was also able to mingle with some of Central Alberta’s best DJ’s, who were equally excited to meet him.
“It was pretty cool because they were watching me do what I do and thinking I’m pretty cool, which is neat because I think they are way cooler,” Reinhart said.
While Reinhart comes off as shy, when he is DJing, he is supremely confident.
“It was awesome,” Kim Reinhart, Sebastian’s mother said. “He was really nervous but it’s like when he dances – he’s a quiet kid that gets into a zone and goes with it. He was very confident up there and I talked to DJ Donahue after who said there was a lot of great compliments. The group who ran the event said he would love to have him back for more shows.”
Being able to open for the former Swollen Members front man was a thrill for Sebastian.
“It was pretty cool because he made rap happen in Canada,” he said.
Kim, who runs Sebastian’s social media accounts, was happy to see all the positive exposure that her son received.
“It was cool to see strangers taking photos and thinking he was cool,” she said. “He has had a big shoot up on his Facebook with 50 likes just last week. It was great to see the support and we are excited for other opportunities coming.”
While DJ Sabatoge’s next big gig is not planned yet, he will continue his regular schedule.
“I have birthday parties and school dances coming up,” he said, adding that he is extremely thankful to DJ Donahue and Marked UP for arranging his first big gig.