Guided by artistic desire and infinite 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 more actively pursued a full-time career in art and film. A man intent on seeking out the next big artistic challenge, Lundberg chose to pursue one of his most ambitious projects at the beginning of 2020 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 Lundberg’s primary goal to gain a particular insight into their creative processes which can only be thoroughly deciphered 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. Mainstream 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 delivering to you all of the real, raw, authentic moments that you would never otherwise have the opportunity to experience.
The weather is heating up, and so is Lundberg, as he returns with the latest entry into his acclaimed interview series. For the monumental 30th episode of Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews, Lundberg caught up for an entire hour with singer and songwriter Kip Berman. Berman is best known for his role as the founder and leader of the New York City indie-pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Over the course of four studio albums and a dozen years together, the band had a solid run together, but by the time they released their last record, The Echo of Pleasure in 2017, Berman was ready to move on and try new things. He officially disbanded The Pains of Being Pure at Heart in 2019 after realizing that he did not feel as connected to the band and the music as he once did. This led to a creative crossroads for Berman, since although he wanted to continue to write and record music, his musical interests had changed since he started the band.
Berman’s shifting interests led him towards going solo under the moniker The Natvral. This project is much more in line with his current situation as a father of two children who is now in a different place emotionally speaking. As a parent, he now views music differently from the hectic, late nights of travel and rehearsal that he lived through with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. He is now a more settled person, living a more peaceful suburban life, where he can be with his children while also writing songs. As The Natvral, he released his debut record Tethers on April 2nd, which acknowledges a lot of these changes that have taken place in his life over the last few years.
Commenting on his recent conversation with Berman, Lundberg said, “In conversation 030, I sat down with singer-songwriter Kip Berman, whom some may know as the brains behind The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
Though now performing as The Natvral, Kip and I discuss his recently released album Tethers, and dive deeper into how music and art help build and bind communities together…
In a most pleasant conversation that lasted over an hour, Kip left me with a sense of hope not only for the live performance industry but also humanity as well.”
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.