Guided by artistic desire and determination, Robert Lundberg has become a highly regarded photographer and filmmaker, known for his ingenious documentaries covering the spectrum of music, comedy, art, and film. After spending his childhood in Massachusetts, Lundberg moved to New York City where he could more actively pursue a full-time career in art and film. Someone who relishes the prospect of new challenges, Lundberg chose to pursue one of his most ambitious projects earlier this year when he launched his new documentary series entitled Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews.
Debuting in February, the series follows comedians, musicians, fine artists, and actors with the goal in mind to gain a certain insight into their creative processes which can only be fully deciphered by truly going behind the scenes. Lundberg’s primary goal with 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 often unduly edited, offering viewers only individual moments that are often heavily vetted by the producers in charge. But that’s not how Lundberg likes to operate in his creative space. His primary endeavour is to bring you all of the real, raw, authentic moments that you would never otherwise have the opportunity to experience and enjoy.
With our foot bearing down hard on the pedal towards winter, Lundberg is back for another edition of Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews. Now 20 episodes in, Lundberg connected with musician Andrew Scott, drummer and multi-instrumentalist from the highly lauded Canadian indie rockers Sloan. If you’ve been a fan of Canadian alternative rock at all over the last 25 years, there’s almost no way you aren’t very familiar with Sloan. Based in Toronto, but originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sloan has been a mainstay of the Canadian alternative scene, releasing twelve studio albums since their 1992 debut Smeared. Their most popular era was in the mid-1990s when they began to receive national recognition for their distinctive power pop sound, culminating with the release of their third album One Chord To Another which garnered the award for Best Alternative Album at the 1997 Juno Awards.
Scott grew up in both Dartmouth and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Prior to co-founding Sloan, he studied painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the late 1980s. A jack of all musical trades, Scott also plays guitar and sometimes sings lead vocals with Sloan, typically on songs he has written. A little known fact about Scott is that outside of music, he was once a track and field star, achieving several provincial record before leaving his athletic career behind for music.
Speaking about his recent conversation with Scott, Lundberg said, “When originally conceiving Uncontaminated Sound: The Interviews, it was with my full intention, to engage with artisans from all backgrounds and mediums. Within the frameworks of candid open forum, the raw uncut conversations I hoped would produce a sense of the real. Andrew Scott is an exemplar of ‘the real.’ formally trained as a visual artist, Andrew became known for co-founding the very successful band, Sloan. He’s toured the world, released numerous albums, hit all the markers of a successful musician. These days however Andrew spends most of his time in his Toronto-based studio. Returning to crafting beautiful paintings with an energetic output that matches any young art student, Andrew’s attitude of ‘just do the work’ is as real as it gets. And here we are at conversation 20, marking a milestone I barely imagined over a year ago, in which with some technical interruptions, Andrew and I speak the language of image-making.”
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.