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2003 & 2006 Cleveland Music Award winner for Best DJ
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Free download: Jairus Miller - Cobra (Deviant Remix)
Deviant's Proton Radio show

de·vi·ant One that differs from a norm, especially a person whose behavior and attitudes differ from accepted social standards.

Deviant, aka David Christopher, began playing his tripped-out blend of deep progressive house in 1998 at venues throughout New York City, including Vinyl, Limelight, Roxy, and Cheetah. In 2000, Deviant founded HeadRush Music, a promotions company that pioneered the use of online and e-mail event marketing in New York City. In 2003, following a move to Cleveland, Ohio, and with the addition of partner Amy Dana, HeadRush Music continued its mission to spread progressive music to progressive minds.

In 2004, Deviant and Amy founded Toes in the Sand Recordings, which has grown into one of the world's most respected progressive labels. Toes started off with a bang, with their first release, "Bound for Ascension" by Michael Lanning, appearing on Anthony Pappa's Balance 006. Since then, the label has been committed to exposing the globe's best underground talent, including Siberian Son, Alican & Soner, DJ Tarkan, Andrew K, Naveen G, The Last Atlant, Elusive, Johan Vermeulen, and Pablo Roma.

In 2006, Deviant shifted HeadRush Music's focus from events to a second record label, focusing on edgier, deeper sounds that didn't quite fit on the more melodic Toes in the Sand. The new label features veteran artists like RND( ) and Nick Hogendoorn, as well as up-and-comers like DownKill, Peter Corvaia, and Rob Curtis.

As a DJ, Deviant's late-night sound has been the perfect finish during closing sets for Sean Cusick, Steve Porter, Hybrid, John Howard, Jerry Bonham, Mazi, Randall Jones, Habersham, and Thomas Penton, helping him twice earn the Cleveland Music Award for Best DJ. He has also proven his ability to warm up the dance floor, opening for Sandra Collins, BT, Max Graham, Jondi & Spesh, Tim Skinner, Trendroid, Austin Leeds, Micro, Noel Sanger, Three, Steve Gerrard, John Howard, George Acosta, and Pete Moss. Deviant has also played the headliner role at events in San Francisco, Miami, NYC, Orlando, Louisville, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh, and even spun on Cleveland's FOX Morning Show to promote Paul Van Dyk's Rock the Vote event and HeadRush Music's Get Your Vote Out event with Dennis Kucinich.

In August 2004, Deviant's contributions to the American dance music scene led to an invitation to join the Balance Record Pool, a hand-picked collective of the top 40 North American DJs, including Chris Fortier, Jimmy Van M, Sandra Collins, D:Fuse, and Deepsky.

Following through on HeadRush's commitment to getting underground music to the masses, Deviant actively participates in numerous radio shows around the world. Despite not being a trance DJ, Deviant appeared on SIRIUS Satellite Radio's "The Peak Hour with Victor Dinaire," putting him in the company of past guests like Paul van Dyk and Ferry Corsten. Deviant has also appeared on ProtonRadio.com, FriskyRadio.com, Galaxie 95.3 FM France, EccentricBeats.com, Rotationz.be, Beatfactor.net, and on FM radio from Argentina to Belgium. Deviant currently hosts the Toes in the Sand radio show on Proton Radio.

REMIXES
Brahma - Peaks of Destiny (Deviant Remix) [Toes in the Sand]
Jairus Miller - Cobra (Deviant's Snakebitten Mix) [Infamous Light]
Oxygen Breathing Apparatus - Get It On (Deviant's Got It On Mix) [Cerulean]
Marrakech - Natural Orgasm (Deviant's Sandy Toes Mix) [FeralCode]
Matias Popoff - Girl Cooperate (Deviant's Sandy Toes Mix) [Ascension]
Cristian Paduraru - Shall We Dance (Deviant's Sandy Toes Mix)