Staff writer Heather Allen recently caught up with Jordan Witzigreuter, aka The Ready Set, on the Vans Warped Tour in Pomona, CA. They discuss favorite songs to perform live, dedicating a song to Taylor Swift, the Warped experience, and more.
It’s been a few years since your breakout album, why did it take so long to release The Bad & The Better?
It was mostly stuff that was out of my hands, like, I was touring a bunch and that was awesome. At the same time there was some weird label stuff going on that prevented me from releasing music as fast as I would’ve liked to. I’m able to put out a lot more now so I’m kinda making up for lost time.
Yay, awesome! I love the album! It’s actually in my top 5 of best albums of the first half of the year!
Thanks so much!
You recorded a couple of the songs off of the album in your actual studio. Would you ever think about doing an entire album straight from your studio?
Umm, maybe. I’m definitely thinking about it and it’s definitely crossed my mind. There’s definitely something to be said about working with a producer who’s really, really good with engineering type stuff because I’m not really that familiar with that. I kinda fall short a bit sometimes. I think it’s just because I’m impatient and I don’t have the attention span to fiddle with the nobs and stuff. But I don’t know, maybe. I like to just start things and do things as much on my own there and then go somewhere else.
You have a song about being in the friend-zone called “More Than This”. What inspired you to write that song?
I don’t know. I kinda just like picked that topic because I feel like it’s something that happens to a lot of people. I actually didn’t even realize that song was going to be on the album, but it was kinda like I expected to be a bonus track because I didn’t think that I was gonna use it. Something about it didn’t really like fit to me in the same way the other songs did, but I think it’s kinda funny that I didn’t know that it’s on there.
It’s definitely like a very current topic.
(Laughs) Yeah it is.
You also dedicated a song to Taylor Swift.
I did, yes.
Is she still your celebrity crush or do you have other celebrity crushes?”
No no. It’s, uhh, moved on. (laughs) It’s kinda just like a joke, that song, I thought it was really funny that people would get so intense about celebrity relationships and breakups. She was breaking up with Harry Styles, so I decided to write a song based on the friendly, outside perspective about it and it got way more publicity than I thought it was going to. It was just a joke but people thought we were like dating and we weren’t. She tweeted me smiley faces, but that was about the extent of our relationship.
That’s flirting for her.
(Laughs) Yeah it is. I was trying to get a song written about me. That’s all I really wanted.
Awww. One day.
You have to break up with her first.
So this is your second year on the Warped Tour. How do you like it so far?
It’s awesome! It’s a lot more fun this time around. We have a lot more friends out this year and our crowd has been amazing. I’m having a blast.
What is you favorite song to perform on tour whether it be Warped Tour or your own tour?
Right now, my favorite is a new song called “Fangs” just because it’s the weirdest thing that I’ve probably ever done. It’s just, I don’t know, it’s just cool live and it doesn’t feel like anything else we do during a set. So it’s like, I don’t know, a lot of bass. (Laughs)
Definitely excited to hear that one. That was my favorite song on the album.
One of your shirts is actually the dancing girl emoji from the iPhone.
What inspired you to put that on your shirt for Warped Tour?
Ah I don’t know. For some reason that emoji is just funny to me. So I was like “I do it a lot with my Twitter and stuff” so I was like “Why not? Why not pop it on a shirt to see how it sells?”
Well I love it.
Another random question. How ofter do you get asked why you have a group name but it’s only you?
Actually, less often than you’d think. The one thing that always asks the question is radio, like interviews with radio stations. They always ask me because it’s kind of a confusing thing, but I think that’s part of the fun, you know? Just trying to throw people off.
Alrighty, and my last question for you is what inspired the music video for “Higher”?
Let’s see, pretty much I didn’t want to do a regular pop video. I didn’t want to do like a party with cups and people jumping around video, it’s just been done so many times. I just wanted to do something that was so far off from what you would think the video would be for that song. I don’t know. I wanted it to be weird so it makes all the people talk about it and show their friends.
It definitely wasn’t what I was going to expect, so props! Props to being unique!