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 in early 2020, 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.
Another two weeks have flown by, and Lundberg is back with a new edition of Uncontaminated Sound, and what an edition it is. This week’s guest really requires no introduction. In their 20-plus years together, The Dollyrots have become one of the most distinctive and celebrated punk rock outfits in all of America. Through nine studio records, the husband and wife duo of bassist and vocalist Kelly Ogden and guitarist Luis Cabezas have etched out a signature sound that is about as punk rock sounding as it gets, with Ogden and Cabezas offering the attitude to back it all up. Their sound is defined by its heavy hooks, lively vocals, and distinguished instrumental parts.
While they are not afraid to tackle heavy issues, the name of the game with The Dollyrots has mostly been one of having a good time. Not taking life too seriously and not being apprehensive about being yourself, and letting it all hang out. With the release of band’s last album Daydream Explosion now just about three years in the rear-view mirror, anticipation is building for a new Dollyrots record. You can check out the band live on tour this summer through the United States, catching up on some lost time.
Discussing his conversation with Ogden, Lundberg says:
“Is Punk dead? That’s the question I seek to answer and more during my conversation with The Dollyrot’s Kelly Ogden, the first half of the married punk duo.
“We start into her journey from studying, I believe, marine biology in Florida, into going full bore punk rocker, traveling the States with her partner (Luis Cabezas) living out of a van, getting their first gig in LA, and then she tells the tail of her favourite on stage moment (in which she does not remember)… puking and with blood all over her.
“We then transition into the moment when The Dollyrots signed with Little Steven Van Zandt’s label Wicked Cool Records. And following what it’s like to balance a family life and raising kids, while on tour, finishing with what’s next for the duo whom truly have brought the punk spirit to this contemporary age.”
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.