Guided by artistic desire and curiosity, Robert Lundberg has become a highly regarded photographer and filmmaker lauded for his innovative and versatile documentaries covering music, comedy, art, and film. After spending his youth in Massachusetts, Lundberg moved to New York City as a young man where he could more actively pursue a full-time career in art and film. An individual who is always seeking out the next artistic challenge, Lundberg chose to pursue one of his most ambitious projects at the beginning of last year when he launched his new documentary series entitled Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews.
Debuting last February, the series follows comedians, musicians, fine artists, and actors with his primary objective to gain a particular insight into their creative processes which can only be fully unravelled by truly going behind the scenes. With Uncontaminated Sound, Lundberg’s purpose 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, preferred moments that are often heavily vetted by producers and editors. But that’s not how Lundberg chooses to go about his work. 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.
As the days start to get a little longer, and the sky gets a little brighter, Lundberg continues to do what he does best. For episode 26 of Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews, he sat down for a lengthy conversation with musician AJ Smith. With a passion for both music and technology, Smith has had a flair for music ever since the age of three when he started to learn how to play the piano. Classically trained as a youngster in both piano and violin, Smith soon discovered rock n’ roll and by middle school, he was the drummer and singer for a punk, screamo band, and the guitarist as part of a rock duo.
At the same time, he took a significant interest in technology and was programming and selling games to his friends as a teenager. By the time university came around, Smith was turning down scholarships from some of the best engineering programs in the United States, instead opting to study music at New York University. It was in college where he found the mentors he was in need of, the late Glenn Frey and the well-regarded songwriter Phil Galdston.
Currently based in New York, Smith has developed a unique pop sound that includes an orchestrated blend of acoustic and electronic instruments, influenced by rock, folk, classical, and theatre music. The last several months have been particularly productive for Smith, with the release of three new singles, including “Roommate,” which saw its official video release last week. It’s been a bit of an unusual musical journey for the singer-songwriter. After all, not a lot of musicians can say that they built infrared sensors for the U.S. Navy, but AJ Smith can.
Commenting on his recent chat with Smith, Lundberg said, “”
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.