For 20-year-old Jordan Witzigreuter, aka The Ready Set, 2010 has been a huge year. Although he's been writing and performing since he was 16, Jordan started to gain attention due to the overwhelming popularity of his single 'Love Like Woe,' which we premiered in March. Since you loved it so much, we asked Jordan to stop by the JSYK office to perform a couple of songs, talk about his soaring music career and chat about what's coming up next.
When Jordan first walked into the office, we could tell right away that he's a humble and adorably shy character. Naturally, we asked him if he suffered from stage fright to which Jordan quietly responded, "If I were to go and play a show in front of 30 people now, I would be more afraid than anything. I could never give speeches in high school. It freaked me out."
However, while intimate performance settings make him nervous, Jordan has no fear when it comes to larger audiences. "I think the biggest crowd we ever played to was last year, and there was seven or eight thousand people there, and it was just easy," he revealed. "I wasn't nervous at all."
The Fort Wayne, Ind. native later opened up about his childhood and how quickly developed a talent for playing drums. Surprisingly, Jordan's interest in music, especially drumming, was sparked by his mother, who forced him to take lessons. "I think it's because when I was younger, she always thought I just had some natural rhythm or something," he said. "My brother was a high school band director and I would always go to watch his marching band, and I guess I would always be really stoked about the drums."
In November 2009, Jordan's talent for music attracted the attention of Fall Out Boy bassist, Pete Wentz. He was soon signed to Wentz's indie label Decaydance, and has been on the fast track to fame ever since. "It was really cool," he said of joining his label. "I liked the way that [Pete] had been through everything that I am doing right now. It's just cool having somebody who's able to give input and relate to everything that's happening from a musician's standpoint."
The Ready Set's first studio album, 'I'm Alive, I'm Dreaming,' was released in June while Jordan was touring with the Bamboozle Roadshow, and now the band is on the road with the VMA tour alongside Never Shout Never. "We are touring forever after that," Jordan said. And so It seems The Ready Set has no plans for slowing down. Check out our full interview, including an acoustic performance of 'Love Like Woe,' below.