To his family and friends he is just Jordan Witzigreuter, a happy go lucky guy from Indiana with a penchant for music. However, to the world of pop music he is The Ready Set, a music act tearing up the charts with his first hit single “Love like Woe.”
The meaning behind the alias for Witzigreuter is a profound one.
“It means to be ready to set all your fears behind and to live life to the fullest,” said Witzigreuter. He made the fateful decision to go by an alias instead of his birth name because he felt his last name was too difficult to pronounce.
The decision is paying off.
His debut album “I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming” was released in the summer to rave reviews.His single “Love Like Woe” is steadily climbing the charts and MTV declared him a artist to look out for.
Witzigreuter describes his sound as “pop music mixed with everything.” His influences range from pop music to hardcore punk. “Whatever goes through my ears influences me,” he said.
When it comes to his songwriting, he is also influenced by everything life throws at him. It hit single “Love Like Woe” is based off experiences he has seen a few friends grappling with. “It’s about a situation where you want to be with someone but they are tough to deal with so you are trying to salvage the relationship,” he said.
Witzigreuter is currently on tour with Hey Monday and Cartel.
Part of the rush of performing live for Witzigreuter is seeing fans singing along to the word of his songs. There are many songs off his new album “I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming” he is proud of and can’t wait to see fans sing to. One of the tracks he is especially proud of is “Spinnin’.” “It has an early 90’s Micheal Jackson feel to it. I’m really excited about it,” he said. Another song he is excited about is “There are Days.” “It’s about enjoying what you have now.”
As for the future, Witzigreuter has already been thinking about it.
“I am always two steps ahead. I am already thinking about the next single and the next album,” he said.
The Ready Set played Showcase Live in Foxborough on Tuesday.
Upcoming dates in Blast cities:
- Marquis Theater November 12 in Denver, Avalon Theater in Salt Lake City, November 13
- Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, November 17
- Glass House in Pomona, Calif., November 18
- El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, November 19
- The Epicentre in San Diego, November 20
- The Nile in Mesa, Ariz., November 21
- The Door in Dallas, November 23
- Emos in Austin, November 24
- Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., November 27