Give a hand to The Ready Set February 20

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Jordan Witzigreuter of The Ready Set, checks for messages. | Jared Thomas Photography


Ready Set and Outasight Tour

6:30 p.m., Feb. 20

Bottom Lounge

1375 W. Lake St., Chicago

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When artists sit down to write a song, they try to write a hit that will shoot them up the charts - a task that fails far more often than it succeeds.

"There's always a lot of pressure to write the biggest hit you can," said Indiana native Jordan Witzigreuter, 23, better known by his stage name - The Ready Set - and author of the hit "Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever)," which is currently in the Top 40 and being featured on stations such as B96. The Ready Set's repertoire ranges from slow acoustic jams to party anthems that get people jumping out of their seats.

The Ready Set and label-mate, Outasight, will be in town Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago.

"['Give Me Your Hand'] is almost about another song," Witzigreuter said. "It's about hearing something that really grabs your attention."

Witzigreuter started playing the drums at age 11 and integrated himself into his hometown of Ft. Wayne, Ind.'s music scene starting in high school. He started The Ready Set when he was 17.

"There would be shows every weekend," Witzigreuter said. "I found out I cared about the band I was in and wanted to play shows every weekend and play the best possible show. I kept my mind on one track and made it that music was all I wanted to do."

The first break in his career happened when Pete Wentz signed him to Decaydance Records in 2009.

"Pete has been a big influence on me and gives great advice," Witzigreuter said. "My musical influences are kind of all over the place. I try to keep my ears open. I grew up listening to punk bands."

Not having his act simply be his first and last name gives Witzigreuter the flexibility he desired.

"I wanted to be able to be whatever I wanted," Witzigreuter said. "If I wanted to be a band thing, I could do that. If it was just me and my name, it would be just my name. I wanted to be able to switch it and be whatever I wanted."

"We did a radio show over the holidays and I did some festivals with him," Witzigreuter said. "I think it is going to be a cool fit because we both have things going up on the radio right now."

Lately, most of Witzigreuter's shows have been of the acoustic variety. On his tour with Outasight, he is set to bring the energy.

"For this tour coming up, it's going to be back to a full band and trying to have a party on stage," Witzigreuter said.