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Kidsday: Interviewing The Ready Set

Singer The Ready Set with Kidsday reporters Kristy

Singer The Ready Set with Kidsday reporters Kristy Jahchan and Melissa Cooney, both 13, from Locust Valley at the Grammercy Theater before his concert. (Feb. 14, 2013) Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

We met The Ready Set (singer Jordan Mark Witzigreuter's stage name) at the Gramercy Theatre in Manhattan recently. We sat in on his sound check and talked with him in his dressing room before his concert.

We just watched your sound check, and it was really, really good. What is your favorite song to perform -- of yours?

My favorite song right now is probably "Give Me Your Hand," because it's new and fun. That was one of the ones I sang at the sound check. It was fun. Seems to be one of the crowd favorites. I like them all.

How did you come up with your name?

I came up with it; basically, it means being ready to set your inhibitions behind you and kind of do your thing, and I came up with that, and I said I had no idea if this is what I want to do . . . if I want to try to go to college or whatever. I just kind of ended up going for it. That was the basis of the whole name and everything.

Like what instruments do you play?

I started on drums. A little bit of bass. I like keyboard stuff, piano. Electronic programming things.

What's the most exciting moment you've had with your career?

The first time we got to play like a really, really big crowd. It was like a Christmas festival thing. It was in Minneapolis, and it was like the biggest show we played, up until then -- we played for maybe a thousand people, and we did this, and it was sold out . . . [and then] an arena, for this radio station, it was like 14,000 people. So I was blown away by that. That was pretty amazing. And getting to see my first single by "Love Like Woe" go platinum. That was very exciting, too.

How do your family and friends react to hearing your songs on the radio?

They love it. My mom's really excited. She's like my No. 1 fan. She loves it. I think it's one of those things that it's exciting because, let's say you're in a band and you're doing music, and most of the time a lot of people kind of write that off, like you're trying to make it, whatever. But when somebody who, like, doubts it hears it on the radio, it's like seeing a surprise in their eyes, which is kind of cool. I think it makes people excited and hopefully makes people proud.

What goals do you have for yourself, musically?

I just want to keep playing to bigger and bigger crowds, and I want this next album I finish to be the best thing I've ever done. Make sure everything's perfect, and it's just the most solid album I could put out. I guess that's like priority No. 1, right now. I just want to see things go wherever they're going to go. Hopefully, play to more people, bigger places.

How do you get over writer's block?

The best possible thing is to just stop. Just like take my mind away from it. Go to something else. Sometimes, I'll start an idea and then get stuck, and I'll just go start something else brand new, and maybe a week later go back to it. It's like fresh, and I'll have a better perspective. You never overthink things, and never want to, like, in your mind drive yourself crazy. It's pretty easy.

What can someone look forward to on this concert tour?

I think it's going to be a party -- like playing new songs and actually some old songs we haven't done in a long time. That's definitely exciting. Hopefully, the old school fans would appreciate that. Yeah, it's going to be cool. Got a lot of cool lights and everything.

Your song is in "Saving the Planet Earth." What does it feel like to have your songin the movie?

It's cool. Because it's like one of those Pixar-ish, like, cartoon movies, which is awesome.

What was the hardest adjustment you had to make for fame?

I'm not sure. It's weird because I don't consider myself to be famous. Honestly you spend a lot of time on the road and flying around. A lot of time at airports. . . . Honestly the hardest part is probably just like being content with things as they are. I'm always like crazy about what's going to be next. How much farther to take things. Just got to calm down sometimes.

How long have you been singing?

It's probably been 5-6 years. Basically since I started this -- I hadn't really sung too much before that. It was like I always played drums.

What's it like performing with Outasight?

It's awesome. We had to do a couple of shows. A couple like college shows, Christmas shows with radio stations with them at the end of last year. I was excited. I felt it was a really cool fit and we had a good time.

What city are you looking forward to performing in best?

I'm excited about tonight in New York and I'm really excited about playing in Los Angeles. That's where I live and I haven't been out there probably like two years. So it's about time.

If you could change one thing about performing, what would it be?

I wish it wouldn't get so hot. The stage. That's kind of a bummer a little bit. If that's the biggest problem the it's not that big deal. That's it. It's warm.

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