I got into Noiserv almost accidentally, while checking out a new venue last year. I was mesmerized by his way of using objects as well as instruments to create beautiful, intense and layered melodies.

Tell me a bit about your background first. Where did you grow up? Are there any musicians in your family? I was born in 1982, on a Wednesday. April 7th. I was born in Lisbon...And I always lived near here... First in a small house in the suburbs and nowadays I live in the center... My family always loved music and my father played guitar really well when he was young. And somehow, he taught me how to play... :)

How did you start playing music - what was the first instrument you learned? My first instrument was an acoustic guitar that I still have... My father gave it to me when I was twelve, or something like that...:P

You have a very playful approach to music, with toy instruments and analog cameras. Where does the idea to incorporate such objects in your live performances come from? It was never a clear idea...it really depends on the sounds...since I'm a little kid I really love to could try everything that make sound even if it's not a musical instrument...and the same happens with the stuff that you had talk about...it's something that i had tried and liked...and so I recorded and put them in the songs...

Do you always play live alone, or have friends and/or other musicians already accompanied you on stage? It depends...normally I play alone, since this is a solo project...however in some special acts I invite some friends to play with me :) ... and it's really cool...

Like for example, Bernhard Eder? How did that collaboration start? It all started two years ago during a festival in the north of Portugal, Braga, where I had played with an Austrian band called Your Ten Mofo. After a long conversation about touring in Austria, they introduced me to their friend Bernhard Eder, telling me that he would enjoy my music.. After that I started to talk with Bernhard and we easily decided to tour together in Portugal/Austria :) Since that we are reaaallly good friends, and for sure we will be touring again all around the world.

You have another project called Kids on Holidays. Tell me a bit about it, how is that different from the music you make as Noiserv? It's a really fitting band name, I find - it really sounds like the music that some kids would start making on a summer holiday... Kids on Holidays is not a normal music project, it's like a concept. It started in the summer of 2007 when me and my girlfriend planned a trip around Europe in an old van and so we decided to record some songs with the goal of playing them on the streets ...After that, sometime we decided to do some more songs, just for fun...The idea is just like that: "music that some kids would start making on a summer holiday", without any plans and ambitions...

How would your music change if you were to write lyrics in Portuguese instead of English? Have you ever tried this before? I've tried a few months ago... I had done one song with a portuguese lyric for a soundtrack. It was really cool to do it...but a little bit difficult. I think that to sing in portuguese I need to learn how to do melodies that I like with portuguese words... it's a little bit different... maybe in the future... and if I learn how to do it I think that the music will be quite the same but with a different language...

Some (or is it all?) of your music is released under "Creative Commons" Licenses on Merzbau, a portuguese label which was active until 2009. Do you feel that the copyleft movement is a good compromise for musicians who want their music to be getting around easily? I think that the music is written to be heard... So any kind of ideas/purposes that could increase the listeners are welcome... if we have more listeners, we will have more audience at shows... and so, we will have more shows... With more shows we will have a career... With a career we will live happy... *laughs*

You put so much effort into the packaging of your album One hundred miles from thoughtlessness (I love it!) that it would be a pity not to buy the 'real' thing instead of just downloading the music. Do you think offering free music on the internet eventually leads to people buying it as well, or not? I think that there are two different things: the first one is a piece of art that should be collected and so I think that if we have a concept in the songs we should put in the artwork to make it special. The other one is a group of songs that should be heard as much as possible :) ...so it's not related...

I see... So, speaking of pieces of art that should be collected, what are the last albums you have bought? last cd: Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer last vinyl: Beach House - Devotion last tape: music for toys compilation last dvd: arcade fire :)

2010 has just started. What do you think this year will bring you? Do you have any music-related plans? Tours, new releases? At the moment I'm planning to release a new EP on April and maybe a new record in the end of the year...I hope to be happy in 2010...:)

Well, I'll be looking forward to these new releases, and hope we get to see you live and happy in 2010! Thank you!

You can buy Noiserv's music from his website, and stream most of it from last.fm. Enjoy!