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The Ready Set is one man -- and a band, too

of the Oakland Press

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In the studio, Jordan Witzigreuter conducts The Ready Set as a one-man band. But he says the transition to a four-piece live entity isn’t particularly difficult.

“Anything I write, I kinda just figure we’ll be able to find a way to make it work,” explains Witzigreuter, 20, a Fort Wayne, Ind., native who launched The Ready Set in 2007 and released his first full-length label album, “I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming,” in June. “After everything’s written and recorded and finished, I’ll send instrumental stuff to the guys who play with me and have them write guitar, bass and drum parts over it.

“The show itself is kind of rock-ish. It’s heavier than most pop things. It’s pretty easy just to make it sound big.”

“I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming,” which was released by Fall Out Boy member Pete Wentz’s Decaydance imprint, debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, while the single “Love Like Woe” has been downloaded more than 100,000 times. A second single is due in early 2011, and Witzigreuter says he’s optimistic for what the future holds.

“As soon as I realized I could start touring I got stuck in my head that I would take it as far as I could; if I kept going, everything would eventually pay off,” he says. “So far everything is going really well. I’m not looking at any huge goal or anything. I just want to see things growing and progressing. As long as that happens, I’ll be happy.”

The Ready Set performs with Hey Monday, Cartel, The Century and We Are the In Crowd on Saturday, Nov. 6, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $23. Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

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