Most bands grow up attending Vans Warped Tour, continue to grow up while playing Warped Tour, and then hopefully graduate on to bigger and better things.
The Ready Set isn’t most acts. For starters, the band is comprised of one: 21 year-old Jordan Mark Witzigreuter. The last time Jordan attended Warped was seven years ago. This summer, he’ll play the tour for his first time. Coincidentally enough, Simple Plan headlined the summer-long festival when Witzigreuter was 14. The pop-rock band from Canada returns this year, but its The Ready Set that hits the stage backed by radio spins and a platinum-selling single in the J.R. Rotem-produced, “Love Like Woe.”
“I think it’s going to be fun. I know Warped Tour, for a lot of bands, it’s kind of that thing where you go on it and it’s a thing that can like make or break you,” said Jordan in-studio on “The Ralphie Radio Show. “I’m excited to go into it with sort of an established fan base and I’m just really looking forward to seeing the crowds and seeing how it goes.”
Vans Warped Tour isn’t the most easy-going of the summer festivals: “a grind” and “summer band camp” are terms commonly used by acts with Warped experience.
“Everyone I know says it’s the most fun but also the most difficult tour to do,” the Indiana-born musician shared. “We’ve done summer festival tours but I know this is the ultimate one.”
No, Jordan didn’t misspeak there. Although he’s the only official member of The Ready Set, Witzigreuter is supported by a live backing band on tour dates and radio stops.
“I wanted to do the band name thing to kind of give the whole project a theme,” revealed Jordan of why he went with The Ready Set as opposed to just shortening his last name. “It’s kind of the best of both worlds.”
Witzigreuter is no stranger to diversifying – after enlisted Rotem’s help for his first single, he turned to The Cataracs (“Like a G6”) for assistance on his second single, “Young Forever.”
“The thing for me is, I want to make sure that I never put out the same song twice,” said Jordan. “I don’t want to make anyone bored.”