Inspired by the Danish anti-establishment arts collective, Eks-skolen (X School), Copenhagen based Rasmus Littauer unfolds his solo project School of X.
A project founded on an ongoing desire to always start over again, do things differently and learn something new, today School of X releases the first official single in two years, “Destiny”.
Watch: School of X Destiny
The song is the title track to his new EP, out 15th November, and is accompanied by a beautiful and intense music video directed by Frederik Valentin.
The multitalented Rasmus Littauer has played drums for MØ, and Major Lazer, but is front and centre when it comes to his solo project School of X delivering catchy and emotional songs that have gained attention in Denmark but also internationally. In 2017 School of X released the debut EP ‘Faded. Dream’ and performed at Roskilde, Eurosonic, and Reeperbahn Festivals. This August a live recording of the unreleased track “I’ll Never Be Ready To Die” was unveiled.
Today the new single “Destiny” is released. Both songs will be on the forthcoming EP, Destiny, that will be released on vinyl, cd, and digitally on 15th November via Tambourhinoceros (Palace Winter, IRAH, Pardans).
“Destiny” emphasises Rasmus Littauer’s urge to constantly change and explore new areas of music. Inspired by Copenhagen’s Eks-skole (x school) that arose in the 1960s as an anti-establishment arts collective by Andy Warhol collaborator, filmmaker, and poet Jørgen Leth, the art historian Troels Andersen, visual artists Poul Gernes, and visual artist and poet Per Kirkeby, School of X is inspired by their focus on the creative process as a goal in itself instead of the end product.
About the name and the philosophy, Littauers explains:
”My friend Adrian Adler is the grandchild of Bjørn Nørgaard who was a part of Eks-skolen. There were no teachers and no students. It was a collective of artists. Eks-skolen is a really good name that I have adopted as School of X, as it encapsulates many of the feelings I have about creating music. I like new perspectives while I also think your own experiences and memories are important in order to make sense of all these new things.”
With “Destiny” School of X is closer to the listener than ever before. Directly and intimately a life choice that we all can experience is put into words; the end of a relationship and the reflections on pros and cons that follow. With Rasmus Littauer looking straight into the lens the music video is a strong and beautiful affair that frames the more intimate output in the new music of School of X.
Littauer about the song:
“It’s the title track of my EP because I think it’s a song with a very particular composition and instrumentation. It’s about how your choices in life have consequences and that you are forced to make decisions if you want to live. It is about the irony of fate, how you choose with your heart and how your choice lets you down. The lyrics describes how you childishly stay in a relationship because it’s hard to take the right, but in the end inevitable choice of ending it.”
The song is mixed by the Grammy award winning Chris Tabron (Beyoncé, The Strokes, Erykah Badu) and mastered by Dave Kutch (Whitney Houston, Outkast).