Reporting Annie Reuter
Midnight Red are a boy band, yes, but they weren’t manufactured by a music mogul or a talent competition like The Wanted or One Direction or many successful boy bands of decades past. Instead the self-proclaimed regular guys have a short-lived reality show and Menudo to thank for bringing them together.
In 2007, Thomas Augusto and Eric Secharia met while auditioning for Making Menudo, a mere blip on the radar of ’00s MTV reality programming. They didn’t make it through the competition, but decided after the experience to join forces and start their own band, along with friend Anthony Ladao. Secheria’s mom then discovered future member Colton Rudloff on YouTube and convinced him to audition for the group via Facebook. Shortly after, their producer introduced them to Joey Diggs, Jr. and the quintet became what is now known as Midnight Red.
The guys soon went from rehearsing in a garage to recording in one of the many studios owned by producer and frequent Lady Gaga collaborator, RedOne.
“We’ve come so far as a group. We started off in a garage, hot, cold, practicing and rehearsing every day just with a dream,” Diggs Jr said. “Now that we’re here actually living it out, we just want to have a chance to prove to everyone our talents.”
“We were so new at that moment and at our second show we heard people singing our songs and to our nature, we were the only people who knew them,” Rudloff admitted.
The band’s latest single, “Take Me Home,” just hit radio; they said the moment RedOne played it, they knew they needed to record it for their forthcoming full-length debut (release date TBD).
“You could listen to it any part of the year and you feel like it’s the summertime,” Secharia said. “You have a smile on your face when you’re hearing it and when we perform it, our fans’ faces, when they sing it, it’s amazing. That’s how you can tell a song’s really good.”
While One Direction and The Wanted call Europe their home, the members of Midnight Red are all from the States. This, of course, is not lost on them or their team at Capitol: they’re stumping hard to be America’s boy band.
“We’re a great representation of America, the melting pot,” Augusto said. “We’re all so different and we come from different parts of the country. We have different styles, taste in music, clothing, all of that. I think that’s a good representation of the U.S.A and what it’s about.”
Bandmate Secharia agreed, firing subtle shots at the competition: “Something that sets us apart also is that we dance in our shows and not a lot of other bands do that. We like to give people that option.”