POZ Interview: The Ready Set
PropertyOfZack Senior Writer Jesse Richman recently spoke with Jordan from The Ready Set about Warped Tour, getting off of a major label, the new album, future music, touring, and much more. Read the interview below!
by Jesse Richman
Let me start this off by saying “welcome back”! Not that you went away, but it’s been quite a while since we had a full-length from you.
TRS: Yeah, it’s been a few years!
Before we jump into everything, let’s talk a little bit about what went on over those couple years. Your last album and EP and single came out on Sire, which is part of Warner Brothers. You’re no longer with them — you’re with Razor & Tie now. Can you talk a little bit about what went down with Sire?
I signed back in 2010, and put out my first album there, and a couple of singles and stuff. And after that, I assumed we were going to put out a new album, but it kind of was like a “let’s just put out singles” type thing, and try and have a big song at radio. So I was like “alright, well I guess I can be into that for a little bit.”
And then eventually, after that whole thing, I wanted to do an album, so they were like “alright, do an album.” So I did an album, got it all done, and then there were just so many changes — like none of the people that signed me were there anymore, it was all not the same thing that I signed to. There was just so much dead space, and I was sitting, waiting pretty, for the higher-up people to tell me that I could release something, and it was just like… ridiculous.
So I was able to get off, and there was not a ton of legal stuff — my lawyer was incredible with it. Within, like, a week, I was signed to Razor & Tie, with all of the album rights and everything; everything switched over to them. And it’s been amazing so far. So it feels like I’m back on track. I’m definitely not going to have any more of those delays. I feel bad; I don’t want people to think that that was my call. If I had it my way I would have put out three more albums by now. There’s just so much behind-the-scenes stuff that can hold you up. So now I’m just jumping back in.
"Best Song Ever" was the last thing you released as part of the major label deal. I was just wondering how that one track managed to squeak out. Were you happy with what they put behind it? Were they happy with what you put behind it? I’m curious how it all transpired.
It was a different team pushing that song. I don’t think it got the push that it could have, and I don’t think everything behind it was quite as cool as it could have been, as far as the content and everything. It was just all of these things that, I would have an idea, and I would have people saying “no, I think it would be better this way.” I was making these decisions out of fear that if I don’t let things go that way, everything is going to stop. So it’s a weight off my shoulders to be with a way more, I guess, creative label. It was great for a while; I got incredible opportunities out of it. I love tons of the people who were there, they all did a good job. But it came down to people who are way above everybody on the corporate level, who would just say yes or no to things, but who had no real creative input at all.
Was that single the thing that convinced you “ok, I need to get out of here?”
Yeah, kind of. It was always this thing where it was like “we’ll put out the single, and then we’ll do the album, it’ll come out in three months.” And then three months would come, and they’re like “alright, maybe four more months.” It became this thing where I knew every time that date came around… [Eventually I was like] “alright, this probably isn’t going to happen.”