ONE-ON-ONE with Roger Ortega

Roger Ortega is Spotify verified independent recording artist and a voting member of The National Recording Academy which grants him the opportunity to vote for The Grammys. Roger also known as “RO” or “RnBPoPWrytr” was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas and now resides in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters. 

ONETEN MAG: What is your background? Ethnicity-wise I’m Mexican, born and raised in Kansas.

ONETEN MAG: What first got you into music? I was born into it really. I’m a third-generation musician. As far back as I can remember I was listening to my dad and my uncles’ practice and going to their gigs.

ONETEN MAG: Who inspired you to make music? Songs & memories. So many songs bring me back to a certain feeling or certain time & place. I wanted to make songs that would do the same for others.

ONETEN MAG: How would you describe the music that you typically create? I’m an R&B/Pop artist. I tend to be more on the pop side of it though with my melodies, but I rely on an undercurrent of R&B with the music.

ONETEN MAG: What sets your music apart? I’m a die-hard romantic that loves to have a good time. I guess you could say I’m a good guy with bad boy tendencies and it shows up in my music. I love to write about love, heartache, and sex. In fact, that’s what my latest single Better Than Coffee is all about...sex. Morning sex to be specific. You can check it out on iTunes or Spotify.

ONETEN MAG: How long does it usually take you to write your songs? Anywhere from 30 min