Chris Swanson, founder of Secretly Canadian records, and Tom Lunt, co-founder of music reissue juggernaut the Numero Group, discuss the making of iconic photographer William Eggleston's debut album Musik (to be released October 20) and the intersection of archives, imagemaking, and music found in the project. Swanson and Lunt will also screen a short “making of” film, which is rich with Eggleston's own words on the project. This is the official New York release of Musik and copies of the album will be for sale, along with other Secretly Group music and merchandise.
This is a free event, but please register in advance. ICP Members have access to preferred seating in our reserved members’ section.
Chris Swanson is a founding partner of Secretly Group (which includes American independent record labels Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, the Numero Group, and Secretly Canadian, as well as music publisher Secretly Publishing), each operated primarily out of Bloomington, Indiana, with satellite offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, and London. These labels are home to such diverse acts as Bon Iver, Antony and the Johnsons, The Tallest Man on Earth, comedian Tig Notaro, Dinosaur Jr., Phosphorescent, Sharon Van Etten, Jens Lekman, Angel Olsen, and Black Mountain, to name a few.
In 2011, Swanson co-founded the artist management company Fort William Artist Management with Ami Spishock, Ben Swanson, and Darius Van Arman. Some of Fort William's clients include Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, Beirut, Grouplove, Okkervil River, and producers John Congleton, Joe Chiccarelli, and Joey Waronker, among others.
Swanson is also a music supervisor for film and television. He first got involved in cinema through the works of Rick Alverson, whose first four features—The Builder (2010), New Jerusalem (2011), The Comedy (2012), and Entertainment (2015)—were each co-executive produced by Swanson and his Jagjaguwar partners Darius Van Arman, Ben Swanson, and Jonathan Cargill. He acted as music supervisor for those films and has gone on to work with directors Joe Swanberg, Hannah Fidell, Kris Swanberg, and Patrick Brice, among others.
Tom Lunt is an American record producer, A&R representative, musician, and photographer.
Combining his 10 years of experience working as a buyer at Streetside Records in St. Louis, with 16 years working as a copywriter/creative director at both the Leo Burnett Company in Chicago and DDB/Corporate Profiles in Warsaw, Poland, Lunt formed the Numero Group record label with partner Ken Shipley in 2003, with an eye and ear toward discovering and restoring unheard and underheard music in a visually compelling and information-rich presentation.
Lunt holds two Grammy nominations: in 2012 with Numero partners Ken Shipley and Rob Sevier as producer of Numero 032, Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology, and in 2011 as the art director for Numero 033, Light: On the South Side, curating for the project photographs by Chicago photographer Michael Abramson.
In 2006, with Liam Hayes, Lunt co-produced and performed on the album Bright Penny, by Liam Hayes and Plush. In 2013, Lunt separated from Numero and is now concentrated on music and photography, his own and others, and social issues surrounding aging which he hopes to address in a book-in-progress, The Generational Drift, and also in The Witness Protection Program, a proposal to tap the earned resources of citizens over 65 while paying them back for the knowledge they’ve accrued witnessing the passage of their own time.
Lunt is the producer of Musik, by the legendary American photographer William Eggleston, a project he’s been working on for eight years, now scheduled for release October 20, 2017 on the Secretly Canadian label.