Have you been playing any of the new songs live on this tour, or are you waiting until you make some more announcements regarding the album details?
I’m playing a few new songs actually. One of them, “Freaking Me Out.” We’ve been playing it for a while, because many people have caught onto it. They actually know the words to it from YouTube, so it doesn’t really seem super-new, but we are playing one that’s brand new, and is really, really fun. I like doing that–I like playing new songs on tour–but it’s a fine line. If we were playing anymore than that, it would be too much, and people would get bored. I never really liked it when I would go to see bands that would play the entire album before it even came out.
How would you describe the new album to someone who isn’t making it to a show on this tour?
If they’ve heard the Ready Set before, it sounds like old Ready Set, but better–a lot better, I think. It’s a pop album, and it’s electronic kind of. It’s a lot more organic than it was in the past, but I would say it’s hopefully guilt-free pop. It doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure. I just wanted to write some good songs, and hopefully everyone can enjoy them.
Have you had to do any preparations from the road or at home or has it all been in the studio?
A lot of it was on the road before, earlier on past tours, but it’s really hard for me to write on the road for some reason because there are always a million things happening at once. Even if I go and close myself in the back of the bus, there are always people running around and doing stuff, so it’s tough, but it’s a good chance to do demos and things like that. Most of it was pretty much put together in the studio.
Do you prefer to write in the studio or is there another place better than the road that you like to go to channel everything?
Yeah, it’s a lot easier, and I got to do the album with my friend Ian Kirkpatrick who has done a ton of other stuff. He’s really talented, so it was really good vibes the whole time. I just went to his house studio and worked on it. It was really low-pressure and very low stress, which is sweet. That’s the exact opposite of what you get on the road. [Laughs.]
Have you worked with Ian Kirkpatrick prior to this upcoming album?
Yeah, I actually did my last EP [Feel Good Now] with him in the end of 2011.
You released the I’ll Be Waiting EP for streaming recently. Will any of those acoustic tracks be re-recorded for the album, or were they just a fun thing to do between official releases?
Yeah, it was just a fun thing to do. It’s been a really long time since I put out anything that was more on the acoustic side, which seems, as I’m doing a lot of acoustic shows, my fans tend to gravitate toward a lot, which is cool. I had some time off, so my guitar player, Deryck [Stanek], produced it. I pretty much spent a week putting together all of the songs with him, and actually got to play everything–it was all organic instruments, and it didn’t take synths or things like that. It’s a way different change of pace than I normally do, but I’m kind of looking at it as a bridge to the new album. Because I feel like the new album is a combination of old electronic stuff I did and then that EP rides the line in the middle of it.
Is there anything fans should know specifically about your new album?
I’m hoping it’s the album everybody has been waiting for me to put out. I know a lot of my fans have been sticking around for a long time without any new music, and I feel really bad about that. A lot of it does really fall out of my hands, but it feels like it’s a new fresh breath of air for me. Not to be cheesy, but I feel like I’ve finally figured out what it is that I’m doing. I feel like I grew up a lot as a songwriter over the past year, and hopefully they do. Hopefully I get to see them come out and sing the words at the next tour we do after it comes out. ALT