“The Ready Set” continues first headlining tour

Jordan Witzigreuter lounged in the back of his busy tour bus, fidgeting with his consistently beeping cell phone. Although Witzigreuter, better known as the sole member of “The Ready Set,” seems like an ordinary 21-year-old, this past year has been anything but ordinary for him.

Witzigreuter, from Fort Wayne, Ind., released his major label debut album, “I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming,” last summer. The album debuted at No. 3 on Billboard Heatseekers, but the first single, “Love Like Woe,” became an instant top 40 hit.

The Ready Set recently embarked on their first headlining tour — The Glamour Kills Tour. The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac was the third stop of the tour.

“It’s really fun; there has been a lot of energy and every show has been sold out so far, so it has been a blast,” Witzigreuter said.

The Ready Set,  accompanied by a live band onstage, has performed in Michigan numerous times and played their first headlining show in Pontiac in The Pike Room.

“It’s pretty awesome going from that to the bigger, cooler room (Crofoot Ballroom),” he said.

At the start of the Glamour Kills tour, The Ready Set premiered a new single, “Young Forever,” a song Witzigreuter is proud to call “different.”

“I’m really excited that the second single is as different as it is from ‘Love Like Woe’ because I don’t want to be the artist that puts out the same song over and over trying to get a successful single or something,” Witzigreuter said.

In all of his success, Witzigreuter has stayed fan-oriented by meeting fans after shows, tweeting and maintaining a blog. With all that he gives back to fans, they know just about everything about him.

“I think I have a hard time keeping most things private,” Witzigreuter said. “I think things are pretty much out there in the open with things like Twitter.”

With a rigorous touring and press schedule, Witzigreuter has played his music for thousands of fans across the country.

However, offstage the singer considers himself calm and soft-spoken — the opposite of the loud person he portrays himself as onstage.

“(I am) kind of shy, very happy and easily interpreted as something that I’m not,” Witzigreuter said.

When he is not on tour, Witzigreuter is still heavily focused on his music, writing songs and planning out his future tours. This year The Ready Set has plans to drop a large amount of new music.

“I did like 20-something new songs,” Witzigreuter said. “We’ll probably do another EP in the summer.  The hope is to do another album before the year’s over, so this is going to be a lot busier year for releasing new music than last year was.”

The type of music Witzigreuter listens to ranges from indie-rock acts such as “You, Me and Everyone We Know” to electro-dubstep artist “Skrillex” and all electronic music like “deadmau5.”

“It’s really random, but I get in like little phases where I’ll listen to the same thing only for  like two weeks,” he said.

The Ready Set will continue touring over the next year and will return to this state as part of The Warped Tour on July 8.

For more information on The Ready Set, visit www.thereadyset.com