Guided by artistic desire and a true lover of artistry in all of its forms, Robert Lundberg has become a highly regarded photographer and filmmaker lauded for his innovative and versatile documentaries covering the worlds of music, comedy, art, and film. After spending his early 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 two years ago this month, 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. In contrast, Lundberg is dedicated to delivering to you all of the real, raw, authentic moments that you would never otherwise have the opportunity to experience.
Things are feeling a little celebratory today, because this happens to be a monumental episode, not just for the guest, but for the milestone Lundberg has reached. With today’s episode being number 52 and the fact that the series runs every other week, his conversation with musician Jason Matu marks the two-year anniversary since Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews began. Matu is a popular, Brooklyn-based songwriter, who took an interesting path towards becoming a musician. Not many professional songwriters start out as law school students, but Matu did. It was while attending law school that he joined a band, and it was around this time that his love for music began to really blossom, and he decided to learn songwriting. You could say it was better late than never, right?
Matu has had a very eventful last three years, releasing numerous singles, in addition to his latest full-length Dumb Ecstatic Bliss in January 2021. The theme of the album is within its title; it’s ten songs that shy away from any pretension or higher purpose. Matu merely meant them to be a collection of fun tracks, “dumb” and “blissful,” meant to make him happy, and hopefully, you happy as well. The album cover is of a double rainbow that appeared over Brooklyn, ironically at the same time that he delivered the eulogy for his first true love who unfortunately passed away due to complications from cancer. Recorded over the course of a year, both at Grammy-nominated producer Justin Craig’s Foxhole Studio (which has since burned down) and Craig’s new studio in the Lower East Side, as well as at Matu’s Brooklyn apartment due to COVID-19 restrictions, Matu did his very best to not let his personal hardships influence the positive songwriting approach he brought to this record.
Regarding his conversation with Matu, Lundberg says:
“Brooklyn based musician Jason Matu entered the frame fresh out of court. No, not due to legal troubles, you see Jason by trade is a lawyer. Just wrapping a court room session, he popped onto the screen suited up paired with tinted glasses, the ultimate cool.
“Thus, things kicked off. As we journeyed through our discussion, we touched upon balancing a legal career while pursuing his creative passion: music. The business side of the industry, while leading into his battles post losing his spouse while locked down in the very same space they shared.
“Please enjoy this touching conversation.”
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, the late 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.