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.
While Christmas may be near, Lundberg remains dedicated to his craft, and he has once again delivered with his new edition of Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews. For episode 21, he welcomed songwriter and musician Walter Martin, a man you’re likely to know as one of the founders of indie rock innovators The Walkmen. The band had an extremely successful run, from their formation around the turn of the century to an extended hiatus that began in 2014. During that time, Martin served as the band’s co-writer, lyricist, and multi-instrumentalist, helping garner them widespread critical acclaim for their innovative take on indie rock.
Since The Walkmen began their hiatus, it’s been anything but a quiet time for Martin, as he has seamlessly transitioned to a critically and commercially successful solo career that has seen him release seven solo records, the most recent being The World At Night in January of this year. An album written in dedication to his late Jonathan Fire*Eater bandmate Stewart Lupton, The World At Night was widely applauded by critics for its emotional authenticity.
Outside of his solo career, Martin is also recognized for his work composing original music for film, television, and commercials. He has written and performed songs for the 2019 animated film Missing Link, as well as for Zach Galifinakis’ Netflix film Between Two Ferns. In terms of commercials, Martin’s songs have been featured in ads for Apple’s iPhone 6, the iPhone 7 Plus, Google Android, Casper Mattresses, and so many more.
Regarding his recent chat with Martin, Lundberg said, “Walter Martin’s storied career kicked off with the mid-1990s band Jonathan Fire * Eater, following Walt co-founded the famous New York rock band The Walkmen, and thereafter seeding a multi-award-winning solo career. Producing five full-length works, two of which were Parent’s Choice award winning family albums. I’d be remiss not to mention Walt’s The World at Night released in 2020, a work that is a mixture of colorful storytelling and melodies that injects a renewed vibrancy to a listener’s soul, a much-needed reprieve from a year that has brought so much darkness.
My conversation with Walt took place in July, him I believe in New York, and I in Massachusetts, attempting to enjoy a piece of a normal summer. Though it’s weird how time speeds forward without regard; currently I (state) this at the end of November recollecting upon this delightful conversation with a master of his craft.
A discussion which touched upon the art of composing, his numerous collaborations (a few with his friend Matt Berninger), his longing to write a Broadway musical, a brief interruption as Walt had to answer the door, and ending with human evolutionary progression, inspired by my reading of Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Please enjoy.”
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.