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 at the beginning of last year, the series follows comedians, musicians, fine artists, and actors with Lundberg’s primary goal to gain a particular insight into their creative processes which can only be deciphered in its entirety 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 heavily and unevenly edited, offering viewers only individual, preferred moments that are often heavily vetted by producers and editors. But that’s not how Lundberg chooses to operate. He’s intent on bringing you all of the real, raw, authentic moments that you would never otherwise have the opportunity to experience.
Spring has sprung and Lundberg returns once again with another edition of his acclaimed series. For episode 29 of Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews, Lundberg sat down for a thorough conversation with singer-songwriter Hamilton Leithauser. Leithauser is best known for being the frontman and co-founder of the American indie rock institution The Walkmen. Formed in 2000, the band was a force on the indie scene through the first decade of the century, releasing six albums and touring nationally more times than you can count. In 2014, The Walkmen decided to go on an extended hiatus, which opened the door for Leithauser to explore other musical opportunities, including a solo career.
He released his debut record Black Hours in June, 2014, and since then has released three other studio albums, including 2020’s critically acclaimed The Loves of Your Life. This past September, Leithauser issued a live album entitled Live! at Café Carlyle, a collection of ten songs recorded during his residency at New York City’s Cafe Carlyle. The record contains memorable covers of songs by artists like Lana Del Rey, Big Thief, and Randy Newman.
Commenting on his recent conversation with Leithauser, Lundberg said, “Books, poetry, art, music, growing up with a renowned printmaker and artisan father, the new album The Loves of Your Life, and much more.
That’s where conversation #29 led with Hamilton Leithauser. This is when I got nervously distracted (by a counting down clock on the Zoom interface) and cut the conversation short.
But some things are best left for the next time.
So please enjoy the discussion, which I hope will leave you wanting more.”
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.