INTERVIEW: School of X

Hi Rasmus, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Very good thank you. I’ve been busy with writing music and touring and I’m super happy that I’m now starting to release all that music.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Write My Name”?

Write My Name is the first song I wrote for this EP. Its a couple years old. In my opinion the song itself is really great but for some reason it took me two years to crack the composition. It was also the last song that made it to the EP.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I think I was at a point in my live where I was doubting wether my whole situation was right for me. If I should move and do something completely different for a living and get new friends and stuff like that. It was rather depressing but it was constructive in my music creation and I think I spent a lot of time thinking about how I could have the happiest life possible.

The single comes off your new EP Destiny – what’s the story behind the title?

First of all it’s the title of a song off the EP which is about how things has to happen and it’s out your control. BUT on the other hand I believe that I’m in the priviliged position of doing anything I want and live my life 180 degrees whenever I want. That’s why I chose to call the EP Destiny. Because it’s about how easy it is to choose your own destiny for the better or worse and how I’ve lost control of my own destiny from time to time.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video for the title track Destiny?

The video was made with my long time friend Frederik Valentin. He’s a genius in capturing images in a very conceptual way. I like this video because it expresses something really direct and simple. We did it in one hour I think. But when an idea is good enough then it can sometimes live without much help.

How was the recording and writing process?

It’s been great and tough. I went to my parents country house last summer far out on the country side for 3 months when they where out travelling. It’s my childhood home. I flew out to play shows from there but I had so much time by myself which I really enjoyed. Sometimes I also get a little anxious when I haven’t talked to anyone for 14 days but then I try to change my routine and go somewhere. I also swim and run everyday when I’m out there.

What role does Denmark play in your music?

Copenhagen plays a huge role. I have many collaborators, friends and inspirations here. I have my studio next door to my friend William (VERA) and we have a great little community out there. I’m always seeking away from the dark hours and cold weather and trying to be somewhere else in the winter. But actually I do the same thing in the summer. It’s probably that magnetizing power Copenhagen has on me. I wanna be here and I also not wanna be here. I love Copenhagen though.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I mostly find it in my daily life I suppose. It’s hard for me to say as I write pretty intuitively and pretty much straight from my heart.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes February and march I play in Scandinavia, UK, GE and US.

Feb 15 – Nordklang, St. Gallen (CH)

Feb 28 – Hotel Cecil, Copenhagen (DK)

Feb 29 – Radar, Aarhus (DK)

Mar 07 – Mejeriet, Sønderborg (DK)

Mar 11 – Sebright Arms, London (UK)

Mar 13-22 – SXSW (US)

What else is happening next in School of X’s world?

I’ll be releasing much more music in the new year. I’m very excited!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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