Warren Defever is very well known as the one constant member behind the wonderful group His Name Is Alive. They are still one of my favourite ever bands, with the albums 'Livonia', 'Home Is In Your Head', and 'Stars on ESP' being three of my favourite records by anyone, ever. 'Home Is In Your Head' actually helped to inspire the name of the label itself 'Home Normal' so imagine my delight when shyly approaching Warren about a release, he agreed to put out his collaboration with the incredibly talented artists: Jean Cook, Daniel Littleton (huge IDA fan too), and Hitoko Sakai. 'Peace Conference' was released back in 2009 on Home Normal. Warren also runs an artspace in Detroit called the UFO FACTORY.
Here's a wonderful interview with Warren by Brainwashed.com: The Eye. It also includes His Name Is Alive live clips:
Here's a little bit more information about Warren from his Wiki page:
Warren Defever (first name often spelled Warn; born September 21, 1969) is a musician and producer from Livonia, Michigan. He is most known for his chameleonic project His Name Is Alive, though he is active in numerous other circles. He produced, engineered, and or remixed recordings by Iggy and the Stooges, Blanche, Low, Ida, Michael Hurley, Califone, Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, the Gories, the Go, Nomo, Saturday Looks Good to Me, Faruq Z. Bey, the Von Bondies, Destroy All Monsters, Jenny Toomey, Slumber Party, John Sinclair, Elizabeth Mitchell & Lisa Loeb, as well as HNIA offshoot Velour 100.
Defever was born in Livonia, Michigan to Charles Defever, who is American, and Grace Kloschinsky, who was a Canadian citizen. Defever was raised in a strict religious household along with his brothers, Johnny and Matt. He grew up a music fan. His grandfather, John Kloschinsky, was a musician from Saskatchewan and had taught Warren and his brothers how to play various musical instruments. Defever has spoken of him often in interviews saying, "I was so young I can barely even remember, but I have a hazy vision of having to hold a giant accordion on my lap when I was only two. It's one of my earliest and worst memories. That's probably why I hate music." The Defever family spent many years travelling back and forth between the U.S. and Canada before eventually settling outside of Detroit near the Canadian border. Defever's early life was marked by a multitude of physical maladies; he suffered collapsed lungs twice, had pneumonia 4-5 times, a burst appendix, a cyst on his tonsils and asthma. This served to isolate him from other children at school because, as he claims, he was in the hospital so often that no one knew him well enough to befriend him. He has revealed recently in a radio interview in Detroit on WDET that his health finally improved, however, once the family settled in Livonia.
Defever began recording while still in high school, and toured as the bassist of psychobilly rock band Elvis Hitler. He attended Eastern Michigan University for one year, but dropped out to concentrate on music. His classmate Karin Oliver provided vocals for His Name Is Alive until 1998, and on Velour 100's second album.
In 2003, Defever opened his own recording studio, Brown Rice, in the Detroit area, where he works as a producer. Along with Davin Brainard, Defever runs a home record label, timeSTEREO.
In 2007, Defever opened a new studio in Detroit called THE UFO FACTORY. Everything inside is spray painted silver.
Defever is known for manipulating unsuspecting interviewers with clever fabrications.
You can follow all His Name Is Alive news, releases, performances and related works on their site here:
This is the classic video made for the incredible HIs Name Is Alive track 'Are We Still Married?':
Finally, this is 'Roots' by Thurston Moore and Warren Defever:
You can stream, share and buy 'Mountain Ocean Sun' here: