18-year-old EJ Roeder is perhaps best known for his dynamic athletic prowess at Bethlehem, PA’s Moravian College. A freshman who’s majoring in management, Roeder has been playing football and basketball his entire life.
But while his work on the gridiron may make him recognizable, it’s Roeder’s musical acumen that’s really starting to make waves. As evidenced by his infectious debut single, “Pleazer”.
Written by Roeder along with songwriting partner, Flashy, “Pleazer” is not only the young musician’s first foray into the music world, but it may also be a foretelling of the creative genius that’s yet to come.
I recently spoke with Roeder about “Pleazer”, his writing process and more in this exclusive interview.
Tell me a little about your background. Was music something you always wanted to pursue?
EJ: I’ve always liked music but never really thought about pursuing it. Making my first song has inspired me to make more music and see what else I can do as an artist. I want to pursue it now more than before. I want people to hear what I have to say and understand what I think and feel.
How did this track come about? Does it begin with a beat, an idea or a story line? What inspires you?
EJ: The track really came about when I was hearing beats. This was one I kept coming back to because I really liked it. The way it sounded made sense in my head and I could vibe to it right away. Coming up with the lyrics was second nature when I heard it. My homie, Flashy, who’s also featured in the song added some great lyrics as well.
What’s your writing process like?
I’ll usually start by writing lyrics. They just seem to pop in my head at random points throughout the day.
What was it like recording your first song?
EJ: I’ve never recorded before so it was something that I won’t ever forget. I want to record more because of how fun the whole process is.
Do you plan to eventually release more singles and have live performances? What’s next for you?
EJ: My plan is to make more songs and go from there. I have a lot of ideas. Now they just need to be made into songs.
What excites you the most about this new single?
EJ: Seeing the feedback and then thinking about what I can do better to improve my future work.
Is there a message you’d like people to take away from listening to “Pleazer”?
EJ: There really isn’t a clear message. I just wanted the first song to be catchy and something you can get hype to. Me and Flashy really wanted to make something that people would remember.