The Ready Set and Metro Station traveled across the country, co-headlining The Outsiders Tour, bringing their fans together for an exhilarating celebration of pop music. Performing songs from their latest release The Bad & The Better (Razor & Tie Records) as well as a terrific selection of old favorites, The Ready Set captivated the crowd at the House of Blues in San Diego. We caught up with The Ready Set’s Jordan Witzigreuter on this, the last night of The Outsiders Tour to find out more about a few of the new songs, his thoughts on being on the road and heading for home, working with Metro Station producing one of their songs, giant Japanese inflatable cats, and other cool and casual topics. Read on…
How has this tour been with Metro Station, what are some of the highlights?
It’s been awesome. Probably the highlight so far was the Anaheim show and New York, they’re always just the most, I don’t know, heavily anticipated because we have so many people and friends, people who work with us who come out to all the shows. Every show has been pretty great, it’s been a good time.
So now the tour has been going for about a month now, it’s just about over. What goes through your mind when a tour like this is coming to an end?
It usually feels a lot shorter than it was by this point. That’s always like – well, it’s a real quick feeling thing. Kind of excited to go home and kind of bummed out just because I want to keep going. It hasn’t been that long, a month really isn’t too bad so it feels short. But it was fun.
Compared to Warped…
Definitely a lot easier than Warped.
What was it like producing Forever Young for Metro Station and is that something you want to do in the future?
Yes. I try to do as much of that stuff as I can when I have free time. It was cool that it worked out. I made a bunch of stuff and sent some ideas over to them and then they just came by, worked it out and did it in a day. It was super chill and fun so it’s been cool. We’ve been playing that song live every night and I’ve been going up and doing the bridge part that I did on it.
“Are We Happy Now?” – what inspired the lyrics?
It’s kind of about not stopping to smell the roses and being so caught up in the future or whatever is going on in your head that you don’t take anything in that’s going on right in front of you, you miss a lot of things. It’s about the tragedy of that being the case and trying to become more aware, and present and take things in and actually experience the good things that are happening.
“Freaking’ Me Out” What freaks you out?
I don’t know. A lot of stuff. That’s one of those songs where I made up this scenario in my head, meeting somebody randomly at something and, I don’t know, connecting with them and not really seeing them again after that and just having them disappear and – thats what that song is about.
Do you still enjoy playing the older songs, such as “Love Like Woe” and “Young Forever?”
Yeah, it’s fun. It’s more about the crowd. I always want to play the songs that people want to hear. Whatever gets the most reaction from people is what I like playing, it hasn’t really gotten to be annoying or anything. I definitely enjoy it.
Has B.o.B. heard or commented on your cover of “Airplanes”?
I don’t know. I doubt if he heard it, and if he did I don’t know if he commented on it.
Has Paul McCartney heard your cover of “Wonderful Christmas Time”?
JW: [laughs] I’m gonna say probably not. I always forget that I did that cover, it kind of snuck out. Nope, no comment from Paul yet.
The Celebrity EP, where did those songs come from?
They’re all just about random celebrities. I kind of picked people and wrote songs about them. I did this little jingle thing about Taylor Swift a long time ago, that ended up getting a lot of press, a lot of people heard it and it was kind of for a joke. So I thought maybe I’ll do a full little EP and just give it away. If you bought the album when it came out you’d get it for free. Kind of like, a fun little just whatever, fan piece thing.
What can one expect from a The Ready Set show?
A lot of movement. A lot of lights and big Japanese cats. We’ve got these giant inflatable lucky cats – one’s you’d see at a Sushi restaurant. We have a very Tokyo thing going on stage. It’s been a while since I’ve headlined. It’s good to be able to play a full hour and fit a ton of songs in there. We’re doing older stuff, and a bunch of songs from the new album.
You didn’t bring those cats on Warped Tour…
I know! I actually didn’t get them until this tour, I don’t know what to do with them after the tour, I’m going to keep them with me and find a use for them. Maybe I’ll just put them in my house and they’ll just be giant, inflatable cats in my house.
When you look back on your album Tantrum Castle, what do you think of it now?
I think it was very definitive of my state of mind at the time. I think it was me figuring out how to write songs. Me, figuring out what I wanted to be and what I wanted to sound like. The whole sentiment of that album is getting out of my town and touring and leaving, starting to do this. I think it was a pre-emptive thing, almost. There’s a lot of things I listen to on it that I still like a lot, there’s a lot of melodies and things. I was writing songs for a very different perspective. It was just off the top of my head, whatever came to mind, that’d be it. I really didn’t think about anything. It’s harder to do that now. I’m a lot more critical of myself than I think I was. It’s cool to hear what my first natural idea would be for something. I just don’t write songs that way as much anymore. It’s nice to hear how I used to do stuff.
What is your favorite CD of 2014 and why?
That’s tough, actually. (Jordan checks through his cell phone for ideas.) There’s an EP that came out this year, that I like a lot, it’s from a band called Panama Wedding and the EP is called Parallel Play. I really like that a lot. That’s probably one of my favorites. I’ll go with that one until I find something else. Everything I like came out in 2013 [laughs]. The new Copeland album came out, well I don’t know if it’s technically out yet. I think it’s out in two days, it’s really good. That’s probably my favorite.
What’s up next after this tour?
I’m going to go home and just write a ton, try and do a new album and write with a lot of other people / artists for side things. Then going to try and do more international stuff, if it works out. Then, I don’t know. One day at a time for me.
What are you looking forward to the most about playing your acoustic show on Dec 17th at The Mint?
I’m excited because it’s going to be a lot of our friends just hanging out. All the bands that are playing are friends with us and people that I’ve been around with for years. It’ll be a cool little family reunion. The Downtown Fiction and Metro Station are both playing, it’ll be fun. Nice little swaray.
Two weeks off, then you see everyone again.
Do you have any messages for your fans in the LA area?
Yeah, thank you guys. Always. For listening to my music and supporting me and coming out to shows. Hopefully if you came out to a show on this tour you enjoyed it. If not, we’ll be back around soon hopefully next year.
Be sure to catch The Ready Set at The Mint on December 17th. This all acoustic show also features Metro Station, The Downtown Fiction, Trevor Dahl, Up In The Clouds and a DJ set from Goldhouse!
(Interview by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)
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