With a combination of talent, creativity, versatility, and experience, Robert Lundberg has become a very well regarded photographer and filmmaker, known for his artful documentaries covering the worlds of music, comedy, art, and film. After spending his early years growing up in Massachusetts, Lundberg moved to New York City where he could more seriously pursue a full-time career in art and film. An individual who craves the prospect of new challenges, Lundberg began a pursuit of one of his most challenging project earlier this year with the new documentary series entitled Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews.
Debuting in February, the series follows comedians, musicians, fine artists, and actors in order to gain insight into their creative processes which can only be fully unravelled by going behind the scenes. The primary aim of the series is to offer an intimate look into all of the rarely seen or known “little things” that take place during interviews and other similar social and private interactions with artists and performers. These features are most often listlessly edited, capturing only certain moments that are often heavily vetted by the producers in charge. But that’s not how Lundberg chooses to engage in his work. His primary endeavour is to bring you all of the real, raw, authentic moments that you would not otherwise get the chance to experience and enjoy.
The end of the summer has arrived but Lundberg is taking no vacations as he returns with episode #15 of Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews featuring singer and songwriter Matt Wilson. The 57-year-0ld Wilson is best known as the lead singer of Minneapolis, Minnesota alternative rock band Trip Shakespeare. Formed at Harvard University in the early 1980s with John Munson and Elaine Harris, the band went on to release four full-length albums and an EP before breaking up in 1991.
After moving on from Trip Shakespeare, Wilson found himself serving as the drummer for the Minneapolis band Polara who had a string of success in the mid-1990s and early 2000s. In addition, he worked with Munson in The Flops and performed as Matt Wilson and His Orchestra. Much more than just a member of a band, Wilson has also developed a reputation as a record producer, producing albums over the years for artists such as Steel Shank, Magnet, The Wonsers, and Velma. His brother Dan Wilson is the lead singer and guitarist of Semisonic.
Commenting on the recent conversation he had with Wilson, Lundberg stated, “Without knowing Matt Wilson, prior to our conversation, I immediately knew we were on the same wavelength. Things got heady quickly, with the Minnesota native singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. There’s just this strange but positive energy about him… So, one can’t help but dive into an emotional uplift when listening to Matt’s recent album with his project Matt Wilson and His Orchestra When I Was a Writer released early this year, just before things got heavy.
Matt and his ‘orchestra’ bring a unique and positively refreshing sound of happy melodies, melding harp and banjo, with engaging lyrics. It’s an album that’s good for the soul, particularly these days.I sat down with Matt to chat about this positivity and energy he brings to his music, creativity, pursuing a passion fully, and growing up with a notable older brother, musician Dan Wilson (yes, ‘Closing Time’). Please enjoy this uplifting conversation.”
Lundberg has many more interviews to come with acclaimed artists who have agreed to be participants in Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews in the coming weeks and months. Lundberg has already been bringing you his ongoing series Uncontaminated Sound which takes a look behind the scenes to get a look at performers before they take the stage. The series has featured Macklemore’s Gemini Tour featuring Eric Nally (formerly of Foxy Shazam) and Xperience, Louie Anderson, Sinbad, Ron English, We Are Scientists, Rufus Wainwright and more. Lundberg’s photography has been highlighted in publications such as Huffington Post, Paste Magazine and more.