DJ Abec considers himself raised by hip hop on the urban streets of New York. His headphones and the music that filled them offered a break from the troubles in his life - an abusive childhood, Catholic school altar boy drug use and the crippling losses of friends and family members. "My sketchbooks were my diaries," he writes, "and my turntables have been the love of my life. My rhyme book is my bible, and the breeze from the boombox dried my tear-soaked pillow sheets." While he admits he's still a starving artist, DJ Abec says it's a small price to pay for doing something he loves. "The sky is the limit," he explains. "I was never firmly planted in the ground."

Real name
Thomas Mercado
Name orgins
With a (real) name like Tommy, the nickname GUNNZ just makes sense.
Current status
Residency at Arts District downtown on First Fridays
Las Vegas
Years spinning
80s, Breaks, Hip hop, House, Mash-ups, Minimal, Trance
Favorite place to listen
Wherever there's music
Favorite song
Elements by Danny Tenaglia
Favorite place to play
Wherever there’s people
Danny Tenaglia, Luis Ramirez, Donald Glaude, Josh Wink, Q-Bert, Rob Swift, PeanutButterWolf, RJD2, Madlib, J Dilla, M.O.S.
DJ gear
Toshiba laptop, Virtual dj 2, Acid Pro, Virtual Studio, 2 Numark TT1650 waxwerks, Numark Matrix 2 Mixer, ScratchMaster needles
Relax album B1C ’07 People don’t kill People… B1C ‘08 Good Music For You To Die To… One Life prod. ‘08 The Lost Prophets LP…One Life prod. ‘09 SoundCadets…AEG ‘09 Vegas Knights Crusades…Vegas Knights late ‘09
Vegas Knights, Brand One Ent., AEG, One Life prod. (Independent is the way of the walk.)
Booking contact
Thomas “tommy” Mercado DJ ABEC