Tommy Laurie enjoys the sort of career that any local DJ would envy. A onetime protege of Z-Trip, the performer known as Tricky T honed his considerable skills during Phoenix's DJ heyday of the late '90s, battling local legends like M2 and Pickster One, melting wax at influential venues like the old Nita's Hideaway, and opening for the Roots and Outkast. Needless to say, Laurie knows his way around a pair of Technics. He's able to drop hip-hop and party-rock sets with aplomb, he can beat-juggle and trick-mix with the best of 'em, and his remixes and mashups are both innovative and creative. He's also got the scratching thing on lock. Over the decades, he's had a hand in promoting some of the Valley's more notable club nights, ranging from Funky Cornbread in the early aughts to The Blunt Club. (The Rhythm, The Rebel, his newest affair, has been bringing people into The Rebel Lounge monthly since launching in July.) In essence, Laurie's proclamation of being "your favorite DJ's favorite DJ" isn't just boasting. Like they say, it's not bragging if it's true.