The Ready Set Biography
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“All I’ve ever really wanted out of music is to just keep writing and touring and not to have to worry about living paycheck to paycheck,” explains Jordan Witzigreuter, the force behind the mammoth pop sound of The Ready Set. “You know, to just keep doing what I’ve been doing since I was in high school.”
Raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the twenty-year-old singer spent his early adolescence locked in his bedroom methodically analyzing stacks of CDs. By his mid-teens, he’d started writing songs and booking his own shows under the moniker The Ready Set. “My last name gives people trouble,” the singer says with a laugh. “So I kinda needed a band name even for my solo stuff.” Witzigreuter’s epic, super melodic tracks, including an early version of the explosive first single “Love Like Woe,” made their way to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, who took one listen and promptly made The Ready Set the first signing to his newly-formed Decaydance Records/Sire Records joint venture.
The Ready Set’s debut album I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming, due out this summer, reflects the extent of this wunderkind’s abilities - he plays every instrument on the record, synthesizing a lifetime of influences into one remarkably diverse album. “I hate buying a twelve-song CD and having twelve of the same songs,” Witzigreuter laments. “So I made sure no one song on my album sounds like any other. There’s pop stuff, techno, rock – there’s everything.”
Witzigreuter is a bit of a workaholic, more up for a night spent dissecting the Billboard Hot 100 than shooting tequila, but with his magnetic blue eyes, distinctive sense of style, and undeniably great rock hair, the glamorous chaos of the rock life is ready for him, even if he’s not ready for it. As a student of every aspect of the music biz, Witzigreuter is taking this opportunity to practice fielding the questions his increasingly large fan base wants answered, Tiger Beat style, even if that means confessing he had no friends in high school.
What was life at home like growing up? “I spent a lot of time alone, kind of doing my own thing. I was just one of those kids, always in my room listening to music or on my computer. I was really into all kinds of art and I would just get super involved in those projects.”
When did you first get into music? “It was actually really weird. When I was about eleven I came home from school and my mom was like, ‘hey I got you drum lessons.’ And that was it. I’ve been obsessed ever since.”
What kind of stuff did you listen to growing up? “Everything. I was into skateboarding and that led me to Green Day and other punk bands. Skateboarding is totally the gateway drug to punk rock.”
Did you play any sports or do theater or anything? “It was always just music. It probably demolished my social life, actually. I think I went to like one party my entire time in high school and that was for maybe thirty minutes.”
Do you remember where you were when you wrote “Love Like Woe”? “I actually do! It was in my basement. I had that song done plus an entire album and I was just going to put it out myself but my management was like, let’s wait and see if we can get any labels interested. Next thing I know I’m in LA re-recording the song with J.R. Rotem [Rihanna, Sean Kingston]. He was really awesome, and gave the song much more of a hip hop feel, which is exactly what it needed.”
Who is the most famous person in your phone? “That question is designed to make me sound like a total jerk! I guess Pete [Wentz]?”
How did you guys connect? “I had this moment where I realized that you don’t have to be a signed band to go out and start touring and stuff. So when I graduated from high school I was like, alright, I’m not going to college, I’m just going to start touring right away. Through kids on MySpace I booked house parties and shows in people’s backyards, whatever I could get. We’d show up and get paid like fifty bucks but after a year of that I met my management and they sent my songs to Pete. He liked my ‘pop sensibility’, is how he worded it. I’m still not entirely sure what that means.”
What’s on your rider? “Lots of fruits and vegetables. I try to take very good care of myself just because the energy factor onstage is so important to me. I want our shows to feel like those small hardcore shows I went to when I was a kid where everyone would just lose their minds, but bigger and with crazy lights.”
So you’re not, like, shooting Jack Daniels and doing drugs, The Dirt style? “Uh, no. I drink water and eat oranges.”
All big stars need a franchise outside of music, so are you a sports drink guy, a sneaker guy, an open-your-own restaurant guy? “I think I’m going to go with hiking boots. Ready Set hiking boots, which are perfect because I’ve never hiked.”
What is your dream collaboration? “Prince. Definitely. Or maybe, like, a show at Madison Square Garden with Jay-Z or someone else really huge in hip-hop, the bigger the better!”
For all your female fans out there, what do you look for in a girl? “I look for somebody who is not going to be bummed out that I’m never around! No, seriously, someone who is kind of doing their own thing, not super clingy. I’m not too into party girls or anyone too wild. I need a girl who’s down to play laser tag with me.”
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Thank you. | Reviewer: Samantha | 10/4/13
Your music and music in general has been helping me get through my depression. I've always been the awkward kid. That's just how I always was. I'm now still struggling with it but when I listen to your music, I get a smile on my face. And yes, that may be odd but after a while it feels nice because I haven't felt or known what it was like. I'm 17 now and I've been like this since i was 12 or 13; yes, a very young age. So, basically, I would like to thank you.
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A special request | Reviewer: Iffrah | 9/7/13
Hey,hi! This is Iffrah........ I m ur greatest fan, and i mean - the greastest fan. Love like woe - i just love it as i love you. There's no one you. N ya something common- green day even i like them. I love all your song. Cn u you keep on makin albums on and on. Its my request.
the ready set | Reviewer: Kalie Mullen | 2/9/13
I am your biggest fan and i think you have an amazing voice. I think a lot of the singers/bands of 2012-2013 don't have as great of a voice as you. They are all just lip singers/bands and people like that just are stupid to like all these crap singers/bands. plus i hate Justin Bieber. What do they see in that guy. You are a real talent and i don't give a crap about all those haters. They all can go die in a hole for all i care there just jelly that your a better singer than these fakes. Lets get real now OK so i was wondering if you could play in front royal VA. That would mean the whole world to me because you are my favorite singer/band ever and i think that i will still be listening to your music when i am 80 no doubt about it. I love your music that much and if i do if we still have MTV i will make shore to go on it an tell them that i have love the ready set like since i was 11. plus i listen to your music 24/7 no doubt. So play in front royal VA.please.bye.
your biggest fan Kalie Mullen
Jordan Witzgreuter. | Reviewer: Sydney | 1/24/13
I'm so proud to say this small town kid grew up in the same town I did and I think it is amazing how much he puts into his music and where that got him! <3 Every single song is incredible.
The Ready Sey | Reviewer: Paola Gutierrez | 10/23/12
Oh my gosh.... I think you are awsome at what you.
I've been recently been listening to all of your songs, and they are so contagious
I can't take it out my head... Yay! Ha... I really like it! You have a great voice and a great songs. I hope you keep writing songs, because you have a great talent:) spread all your awesomeness to everybody!
P.S. I would play laser tag with you^_^
review | Reviewer: cynthia | 10/19/12
I love the ready set music it brings me a bit of a smile when I listen.I am a bit depressed from all I've been through in my life but music has helped me a lot including the ready set. Thank you for helping a girl with depression a bit! love your music.
I<3 THE READYSET | Reviewer: Sarah S. | 3/20/12
I read his article for a projet and it really helped me! Just sayin' though.... I LOVE LASER TAG!!!!! My friends and i go ALL THE TIME. Big fan big fan! xoxoxoxo
Love you forever!,
~Sarah J. Sweeney~
The Ready Set | Reviewer: Ashley | 2/28/12
I am one of your biggest fan. I listen to your music. I love music and its my passion I want to make music for the rest of my life
I want people to see me more than a shy girl I want to be like you are my inspiration
The Ready Set | Reviewer: Julia | 10/30/11
I'm One Of Your Biggest Fans . I Listen To Your Music Literally 24/7 . I'm a Type One Diabetic And I Just Wanted To Ask You A Favor . At The Next Walk For Diabetes May You Please Preform . It Would Mean The World To Me .
Love Your Biggest Fan: Julia
I have a request<3 | Reviewer: Sasha Brown | 8/26/11
Dear Jordan Witzgreuter,
Hi. My name is Sasha Brown, I am 13 years old and in the 8th grade.
I am currently living in Arlington, Virginia. I listen to your music everyday and I love the idea of you being in a movie and I have written a preview of one I wrote and I would like to know if you would be willing to let me 'live' with you for a while so we can start making that movie.
I love to write almost as much as I adore your talent. I have 2 songs, 2 stories, and 3 poems written.
Please contact me as soon as possible with an answer.
Love Forever and Always
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