|Posted by punk-nation on September 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM|
If you've listened to the radio anytime in the past three years, you've probably heard The Ready Set's "Love Like Woe". The song was nothing short of a radio epidemic, and one that helped kickstart his career. Jordan Witzigreuter is the man behind The Ready Set, and since then he's done everything but slow down. A near constant tour schedule, handful of releases on Decaydance Records, plenty of airplay and numerous television appearances have kept him on your mind, and his signature pop music and lyrical style in all of his releases and performances have secured his spot in the music industry. We caught up with The Ready Set at The Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI to talk about his new album, ska bands and Wallace The Cat. You can check it out below, then pick up a copy of his free album sampler Sorry, Sorry here!
How was the show tonight?
Really good. Really really good. It's an off show for the tour, so it's like everybody on tour except for We The Kings.
That's great. How has Summer Fest been going?
Really good. We've done tours with Breathe before and we did shows with We The Kings in the past so it was kind of like going into it knowing everybody and already having a lot of friends, so it's really really chill. It makes it a lot easier, 'cause you don't have that like week long introduction phase getting use to everyone so it's really good.
I saw you with Breathe Carolina on Blackout Forever. You did great.
That's awesome. Thank you.
Do you have any preshow rituals?
We usually do like some kind of a chant. Which varies, depending on whatever. We usually just try to either make something up that's really nonsensical and stupid, or like if somebody says something really dumb or funny throughout the day, we try and hang on to that and then use that as the chant.
Make fun of 'em a little bit.
Are you over the performance butterflies?
Yeah, I am. I think the only time I get nervous is if it's a really small show. For, like, acoustic things.
It's like everyone's more focused.
Yeah. Which is cool and like those are really valuable things, I think. They make you a lot better of a performer. We've been doing these house shows this tour where you get a private party or whatever, like acoustic. Sometimes those with like 50 people are more nerve-racking than something like this.
How'd you get into music in the first place?
I started playing drums when I was 11, and I actually didn't really have like a huge interest in it but for some reason I guess my mom thought I had a good rhythm. I guess she, for some reason, had a feeling.
Your first fan.
Yeah. She was like “Hey, I got you drum lessons” when I got home from school. I was like “Okay. I don't play drums, but that's okay I'll go for it”. And I was just.. it just clicked with me and I fell in love with it and I got into bands and the whole music world and all that. Then I was like 14 (and) started playing drums in bands - punk bands and heavy bands, like hardcore bands and stuff and eventually just decided I wanted to write music and try to do this.
What was your favorite band to play with when you were younger?
I was in a band called Take Sides. It was like a ska band. Which was.. it was awesome. It was so fun. We played fishing game lodges and random little VFW halls. And that's what like all the bands I was in did. It was basement shows and stuff like that. And venues like this were like no, couldn't have it.
When you're writing your music, do you write your lyrics or music first?
I usually always do music first but I have these notes in my phone, like thousands of one line things. I'll think of something weird and write it down and like I always do music and the melodies and structure and stuff like that first and then if I can't figure out like a topic off the top of my head I'll just go through my notes and...
Base it off of it?
Yeah, I'll just find something that works or something.
Should fans expect any big changes from your new album from I'm Alive I'm Dreaming and Feel Good Now?
Yeah, I think so. I mean I think it's just.. it's better. I think it's better. It's a little bit more.. It's not as electronic really. Not a lot of voice effects and anything like that. It's a lot more just... It's a lot more song based rather than effect based.
I heard the Sorry, Sorry EP and it sounds really great.
Thank you, thank you. It's a lot more like those songs. It's like they're just pop songs that aren't overly dance-y. It's kinda like making its own thing just doing exactly what I wanted to do. So I'm really proud of it.
Can't wait to hear it. Is there any reason you named the EP Sorry, Sorry?
I felt bad 'cause it's been too long since I put anything out. So that's kind of it.
That's kind of what I figured.
Yeah, that was one of the tentative album names and I was like "I don't wanna do that 'cause it will make me sound like a defeatist so I'll just use it as this little sampler thing". But yeah, it's kinda funny.
Has your move to LA influenced your music at all?
A little bit. I mean I think the best thing about that is that I'm able to go into a lot better studios with a lot of other people that I l look up to as like writers and producers and stuff. So I get a really good opportunity to get into lots of different sessions with people who I think are better than me so I can like learn a lot. I've learned so much spending all my time out there, like studios everyday and over the past year or two years I feel like I learned how to write songs, essentially. I just got way more confident, I figured out how to make the best parts stand out.
Well you were pretty good before.
Thank you, thank you.
So this album's got to be great.
That's the idea.
What's your favorite song off the new album?
That's tough. One of them that's on the sampler called “Are We Happy Now”, just because it's the most personally valuable to me. Then there's another one called “Higher” that I really like that's kind of along the same lines.
What do you have next besides the album?
I just put out an acoustic EP for free online (that) people can get from my website. So there's that.. I'm doing a bunch of videos and stuff after I get home from this tour. All new online webisode type things and getting really really into the videos and then touring in the fall, and then the album comes out.
Should fans expect Wallace The Cat to make any appearances?
Wallace lives in Indiana so I don't get to see see that guy so much, but he's doing well.
Your fans love him.
He's a popular guy. Maybe my dog and my cat, you might see them.