Guided by artistic desire and limitless 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 formative years in Massachusetts, Lundberg moved to New York City where he more actively pursued a full-time career in art and film. Uniquely focused 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. This runs in stark contrast to how Lundberg likes to operate as an interviewer or as an artist. He’s intent on delivering to you all of the real, raw, authentic moments that you would never otherwise have the opportunity to experience.
It’s heating up out there, and so is Lundberg, with his latest installment of Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews. Joining him for episode 33 is writer, musician, and poet Noah Lekas. Hailing from Racine, Wisconsin, Lekas has led something of a nomadic lifestyle ever since he really invested himself in music and writing. He has lived in seven different states over the years, while playing in a number of bands, and contributing to a wide variety of publications. He released his first proper book Saturday Night Sage in April 2019, a collection of narrative prose that explores mysticism and the realities of menial labour that define modern America.
The collection really gives a voice to the overlooked and undervalued American working class and it really indulges in what that experience is all about. There is a uniquely American approach to Saturday Night Sage, motivated and influenced by Lekas’ upbringing in post-industrial Wisconsin. A spiritual journeyman, he treks his way through Eastern philosophy, Western theology, and the highways and factories of the American Midwest looking for meaning and affirmation. Lekas views music and literature as inseparable from one another, with his latest endeavour the five-song EP titled Songs From The Shadow Factory. Released in February through Blind Owl Records, the EP features sonic collaborations from Saturday Night Sage, and acts as an ideal companion piece to the book.
Commenting on his conversation with Lekas, Lundberg said, “Over the span of almost an hour and a half my conversation with poet, musician, and essayist Noah C. Lekas ignited the mystic bohemian within.
Touching not only upon his new project Saturday Night Sage, we dove deeper into the altruism of a writer, Bukowski, spiritualism, and much more.
Please enjoy this heady discussion.”
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.