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 where he could more actively pursue a full-time career in art and film. A man 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 unraveled 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 goal is to bring you all of the real, raw, authentic moments that you would never otherwise have the opportunity to experience and enjoy.
The clocks turned forward, the days are now longer, and Lundberg is here to brighten your day even more with another edition of his renowned interview series. For episode 28 of Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews, Lundberg spoke at length with accomplished singer-songwriter Kate Stables. It’s without a doubt that Stables is most well known for This Is The Kit, the musical alias she performs and records under, and is also the name of the band she fronts. Since 2008, This Is The Kit has released five studio records, including last October’s Off Off On, through Rough Trade Records, which impressively debuted at #21 on the UK Album Charts.
At the beginning, the band was highly regarded amongst the crowd of BBC Radio 6 Music DJs, which is where Guy Garvey, singer, songwriter, and lead singer of alternative rockers Elbow discovered them. Playing their music frequently, Garvey helped expose This Is The Kit to a much wider audience, and a large following began to take shape in the UK. They rode that momentum forward in what has turned into a very commercially and creatively successful career. A well-respected musician within the alternative music scene, Stables has also lent her expertise to other artists, including appearing on Cincinnati, Ohio’s The National’s 2019 album I Am Easy to Find.
Commenting on his recent talk with Stables, Lundberg explained the experience. “In one of the more memorable conversations to date, I had the pleasure to sit down with the British-born singer-songwriter, residing now in Paris, France to um… pardon the interruption.
Due to a technical glitch, ok we’re on, oh wait offline again, Kate are you there? Oh offline again, ok ok we are back and offline again.
This was the gist of the afternoon, due to a technical lag on my end, Kate and I still ended up chatting for about 40 minutes or so, albeit into four non-cohesive segments.
No sweat, however, as our convo ranged from the human race, the writing process, books, The National (of course), and so much more that we left on the table, that we’ve promised to schedule a second conversation.
Please enjoy this albeit choppy discussion with the very talented and all-around good human Kate Stables otherwise known as This is the Kit.”
Lundberg has more interviews to come with acclaimed artists who have agreed to be a part of 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.