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.
The heat is on, and Lundberg is taking this opportunity to serve up another new edition of Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews. We have reached episode 35, with Lundberg joined on this fine occasion by musician and visual artist Mauricio Carey. It’s been a very productive three-decade run for Carey. Much like Lundberg, Carey thrives the most when he takes on new, challenging, and unfamiliar tasks. He has played in a number of bands since the 1990s, including the highly regarded Atlanta band Babyfat in the early ’90s, Week at the Lake, based in New York City in the early 2000s, and then the Brooklyn-based The Go-Kartel between 2002 and 2017.
Carey’s latest musical undertakings have been Sky Blue Sound Collective, a solo project of his, and Music Industrial Index, another mostly solo project centred around synthpop. We say mostly, because Carey collaborates on much of his music with friend and guitarist Gregory Ratzel, along with Carey’s wife Rachel, both former members of The Go-Kartel.
With some words on his conversation with Carey, Lundberg said, “Mauricio Carey is multi-talented, to say the least. A wonderful individual and supporter of this series, he has become a friend to countless indie legends over the years, and is very accomplished within both the musical and visual arts arenas.
“I had the pleasure to chat with Mauricio for over an hour, diving deep into visual and musical language, his currently released musical project ‘Splitlevel: Stories from Sky Blue Sound,’ plus more. All of which climaxed to his story of how his snap of drummer Bryan Devendorf became the cover of The National’s first album ‘The National.’
“Please enjoy this pleasant discussion of craft.”
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.