The Ready Set have not released a full-length since 2010’s I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming, which featured “Love Like Woe,” the single that skyrocketed the man behind the band, Jordan Witzigreuter, to radio fame and platinum RIAA certification for the catchy track.
Witzigreuter has spent the past couple months finalizing his currently untitled upcoming full-length as a follow-up to 2011’s Feel Good Now EP. He discussed working with producer Ian Kirkpatrick (the Summer Set, Breathe Carolina) and releasing an album he hopes all his fans have been waiting for.
Interview: Rachel Campbell
How is Summer Fest with We The Kings, Breathe Carolina, T. Mills and Keep It Cute going?
Jordan Witzigreuter:Really good. The shows have been super-fun. They’ve been really big, and it’s cool because we’ve been friends with everyone on this tour for a while. We’ve basically toured with everyone before in the past, so it’s good vibes all around.
You tweeted that you were done writing in early June, so what’s the status of your new material now?
Right now the album is completely finished. I think it’s actually getting mastered right now–today. So, it’s just waiting to put it out, and getting ready for a ton of new stuff [to happen]–new videos and I guess web series stuff–and touring. But yeah, it’s 100 percent done, and I’m pretty stoked.
Do you have any ideas for a title or general release date?
I got a couple title ideas, but a release date, I’m not really sure. That’s out of my hands, and more so in the label side of things, but everyone on my team is [saying] as soon as possible. If I could have it my way, it would be in a week, but we’ll see. The title thing is always the last piece of the puzzle for me. It takes me so long to figure out what I want to call it. I overthink it a crazy amount, but I guess it’s probably a good thing. As soon as I have a title, everyone will know.
Do you base the title on the songs in the album, or do titles usually come to you randomly?
It kind of depends. I like to listen to [the album] through a ton of times, and figure out what the consecutive theme throughout it is then try to base it off that. It’s 50 percent that and 50 percent picking something out of the blue that sums it up.
What would you say is the theme running through the new songs?
I feel like it’s a little bit more on the honest end of things. It’s the songs I’ve wanted to write for the past couple years. I didn’t really get the opportunity to after all the radio stuff happened, which is really awesome. It’s cool, but it felt like for a while, I was trying to chase writing a certain type of song, and I think the past year taught me not to do that, and it feels refreshing. Every time I listen to it, it feels more like a definitive Ready Set album than anything I’ve done in the past. I feel like it’s entirely me and everything I want to be.
Your last full-length was in 2010 with I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming, and you released a couple EPs between then and now. Why did you decide this was the time to put out a full-length instead of another EP?
I just felt like it was time. There’s only so much attention you can hold with people when all you’re doing is putting out EPs, because it’s never going to fully feel like–even if it’s a seven-or-eight-song EP–it’s still never going to feel like a full, definitive body of work. A full album just seems like something that’s overdue.
You have been playing some clips of the albums for your VIP meet and greet. How has that been going? What has the reaction been like?
The reaction has been really positive. I put up a clip of a song yesterday on Instagram too, and that got a pretty good response. I think that it’s always kind of hectic at the meet and greets. Sometimes I don’t think people realize what exactly it is because it’s always loud and kind of crazy, but the people who do realize will hang around for a little bit and listen after it. Everyone seems really excited, so I’m pumped. >>>