Ready for The Ready Set?

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By Danielle Clark, staff writer, @ddaniellee11

ST. BONAVENTURE (April 4) – If it isn’t impressive enough that Jordan Witzigreuter’s hobby of playing the guitar grew into such a successful career, his latest single, “Love Like Woe,” went platinum in 2010.

You know what’s even better than that? He’s coming to St. Bonaventure.

Witzigreuter, the easy-going musician and sole member of The Ready Set, started his career when he sat down in his basement and tried to write a song in 2007. After an unexpected positive response from social media websites, Witzigreuter decided to get serious.

“I wanted to see if I could do it, if I could be the one to actually make something of it,” he said.

After graduating from high school, Witzigreuter drove around the country playing in shows determined to make something happen.

“Things just started getting bigger and better since then,” he said.

The Ready Set is now with DecayDance Records, and Witzigreuter said he loves it. He admitted the coolest feeling was seeing “Love Like Woe” go platinum.

However, he doesn’t plan to stop with just one platinum song. Witzigreuter has big plans for the future in all aspects of music. He plans to continue touring, come out with new singles and hopes to have a new album out this summer. Witzigreuter also plans to start writing for a greater diversity of people.

“It’s going to be another really busy year,” he added.

As for St. Bonaventure, The Ready Set plans to “have a party on stage,” said Witzigreuter.

And if that’s not enough fun, Witzigreuter said the performance will have a crazy light show with effects.

The concert will not be as electronic sounding as the band’s regular music, Witzigreuter explained. He said that the music style differs as it moves from the album to the concert.

“It’s more of a rock show really,” he said. “It’s all guitars and drums and stuff.”

Although the band is solely composed of Witzigreuter, a backup band is used for live performances.

Witzigreuter writes all his own music and said he gets his inspiration from a combination of personal things and stuff he makes up in his head.

Witzigreuter described “Love Like Woe” as an “opposite love story” that started off as just a melody until chords started to pop into his head.

It’s easy to see that The Ready Set is one of a kind. But Witzigreuter’s lack of effort in being one of a kind makes him unique.

“I’ve never really taken any big steps to intentionally do things just to be different,” he explained. “I don’t do things to throw it in people’s face that I’m unique.”

Witzigreuter’s writing holds true to that as well – he writes what he wants to write with no regrets.

“I just write the songs that I want to write, and if people think it’s unique then that’s perfect,” he said.” If they think it’s just like everything else then I’m just as happy with that.”

Witzigreuter said he likes playing for colleges because he is playing for an age group similar to his own.

“Hopefully everyone comes out and wants to have a good time with us,” he says.

So if you’re ready to have a good time with The Ready Set and Breathe Carolina, show up at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 for a “party on stage.”

The Ready Set will perform in collaboration with Breathe Carolina on Thursday, April 12 at the Rathskeller. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Reilly Center Ticket Office.

clarkde11@bonaventure.edu

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Breathe Carolina ‘pumped’ for Spring Weekend at Bonaventure

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Danielle Clark spoke with Kyle Even of Breathe Carolina about the band’s upcoming performance at St. Bonaventure University.

By Danielle Clark, staff writer, @ddaniellee11

ST. BONAVENTURE (March 19) – It’s no secret that St. Bonaventure is ready for the arrival of Spring Weekend, but Kyle Even of Breathe Carolina wants us to know he’s just as excited to perform.

 Breathe Carolina will be playing in the Reilly Center with The Ready Set on Thursday, April 12 to launch the onset of festivities that will take place at the end of the month.  

The electronic rock band composed of Even and David Schmitt includes three more members who make up their live band: Eric Armenta, Joshua Aragon and Luis Bonet.

Even said the energy of the live show is what sets it apart from their recordings.

“It’s just a different feeling with everybody involved,” he said.

He described the music at their live show as “rave at a rock show.”

Even said the band is still evolving, with a total of 12 people already along on tour, along with a one-year-old French bulldog named Kevin which the band picked up along its journey.

Breathe Carolina started writing songs in 2007 on their computer as a hobby and has since come a long way. Performances at the 2011 Winter X Games and Van’s Warped Tour are only a small indication of the band’s glory. Kicking off 2012 with continued success, the band performed at the LA Kings game in January and is currently on tour.

 “We just kept writing, and the rest is history,” he said.

Breathe Carolina writes all its own songs, and Even said the band gets its inspiration from everything it’s gotten to see and do along with their vast array of experiences.

“We have a lot of fun and crazy stories, and we’ve met a lot of fun and crazy people, and I think that’s one of the biggest things,” he said.

Even said their newest song, “Bang It Out,” is his favorite song so far.

“That was ridiculous,” he said about the song which has yet to be released. “It’s going to be something special.”

Even talked about the band’s unique style of writing and recording simultaneously.

“We’ll take one sentence from a beat, and we’ll be like, ‘Alright that sounds good,’ and we spawn off that,” he said.

He explained how they try to create the skeleton of their song by asking what the vibe of the song is, and what the song is saying. Even said once someone knows it’s right, they just know it. Even said the band has written some songs in a day while others have taken them a week. 

The band’s Facebook page said that their most recent album, Hell is What You Make It, will grab you by the hand and drag you to the dance floor.

The concert at Bonaventure will have a similar sensation, Even assured.

“The album is so eclectic in terms of vibe. It varies from bang your head, to move your feet, to shake your ass,” he said. 

The band will play music from their whole catalog for the concert, along with some new songs from their next album.

According to Even, the band plans on being anything but restrained during the concert.

“We get rowdy; I get in the crowd ,” he said. “ There’s just no restrictions. That’s kind of our rules.”

Even was confident the concert is going to be a blast.

“I hope people are coming to have fun ,” he said. “We’re pumped,”

Even said the only thing the band needs is a pumping system and their gear, and they’re ready to play.

“We’re just real folks, we’re just trying to hang out,” he said.

So, get ready St. Bonaventure, because Breathe Carolina promises to be a raging kick start to Spring Weekend.

clarkde11@bonaventure.edu

Spring 2012 concert selections chosen

By Mark Belcher, News Editor, @markbelcherjr

ST. BONAVENTURE (Feb. 9) – Members of the Campus Activities Board (CAB) announced tonight Breathe Carolina and The Ready Set as the spring 2012 concert band selections.

Melissa Gentile, president of CAB, announced the April 12 concert, after Norman Ng’s magic show in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

Tickets are set at $10, but the time of the concert is yet to be determined.

“We chose (Breathe Carolina) because they have a lot of energy and we wanted it to be a high-energy show,” she said.

Neither band appeared on CAB’s original survey for students.

Gentile said CAB members decided on a band outside of the survey due to budget cuts.

“Our budget decreased slightly this year, and the prices of our prospective artists increased dramatically within a couple of days,” Josh Maxey, performance chair for CAB, said. “We had to begin searching for artists within our budget, and we are lucky we got two bands for such a low price.”

Emily Steves contributed to the reporting of this article.

UPDATE:

Maxey said a newsletter will go out to students today explaining further why CAB looked elsewhere for band selections.