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.”
Warped Tour is in its stride, and PropertyOfZack has a few special Playlists for the summer kicking off this week. Check out Playlists from The Ready Set and Survive This! on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
SAVES THE DAY - One of my favorite bands, and they wrote one of my favorite albums - “Stay What You Are”
ANBERLIN - I’ve only seen them play one time before and it was great. I also heard this is one of their last tours, so I definitely don’t want to miss that.
YELLOWCARD - I got into Yellowcard when I was 13 and haven’t had the chance to see them live yet. Also, we are label mates!
MOD SUN - Mod Sun and I did a song together a couple years ago.. Might see if he’s down to do it live.
WE ARE THE IN CROWD - We toured with WATIC a couple times, in the US and South America. One of my favorite bands to be on the road with.
BREATHE CAROLINA - Always a good time live. Done 2 tours with these guys, and it’s always a blast. The new album is great too!
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA - TDWP used to play shows near my town when they were starting out, and I was playing drums in bands. It’s cool to see how much of a force they became.
NICK SANTINO - Nick is a good friend of mine- I did a couple tours with A Rocket To The Moon, and I haven’t seen him play his solo stuff yet, so I’m stoked.
BAD RABBITS - They did Warped in 2011 when I was on it for the first time. They were the talk of the tour that year, everybody loved them. I bet they’ll have an awesome show and great crowds.
BAYSIDE - Bayside is great, go watch them, and then go see Anthony at the Acoustic Basement tent
I’m really excited to see Beartooth they have an awesome raw vibe to their music.
Every Time I Die is just a great time. Everytime you see them they don’t disappoint. Great way to get your warptour adrenalin pumping.
I’m definitely going to check out Watsky. I’ve always been entertained by his YouTube and rapping humor.
I’m glad The Color Morale is on the tour. I’ve always wanted to check their set out live.
Day one of The Ready Set’s set at Vans Warped Tour was filmed for a livestream. Watch part of the set below after the jump.
Warped Tour is here. Check out The Ready Set's set list from the summer and the Warped Tour below after the jump.
Warped Tour Set Lists
Warped Tour Takes Stand: No Moshing, No Crowdsurfing
Warped Tour: How We Got Here
Warped Tour Survival Guide
Warped Tour Warriors: Why We Have the Right to Complain
POZ Festival Watch: Warped Tour Crib Sheet
Summer And The Warped Tour: All The Bands You Need to See
The Ready Set just released The Bad & The Better and is also about to kick off Warped Tour. To go along with the new album, Jordan wanted to make a Celebrity EP with songs dedicated to Taylor Swift, Nick Cage, Nina Dobrev, and Bill Murray. PropertyOfZack is happy to be giving away a download of Nina Dobrev’s dedicated song, “Enamel,” as well as to be hosting a Track-By-Track
Aaron Marsh has two guest vocal appearances coming up, and they’re for two very different styles of music. Marsh will have features on a song by The Ready Set and by You Blew It! Check out a tweet from Marsh below after the jump.
Copeland Reunite; Announce New Album ‘Ixora’
The Ready Set will not be taking a three year gap in between a new album again and is already working on number three. Check out a tweet from the band below after the jump.
The Ready Set Signs To R&T; Announces ‘The Bad & The Better’
The Ready Set will be releasing a new music video next week called “Higher.” Check out a tweet from the band below after the jump.
The Ready Set Signs To R&T; Announces ‘The Bad & The Better’