Boy bands are all the rage these days --- we have One Direction, The Wanted and many more. When stumbling upon Midnight Red for the first time, you might think that they are just another boy band. Well, they are a boy band but my point is, they're so much more than just passing faces.
Formerly known as FLYTE, the five-piece American group have been making music together since 2009. After putting in immense amounts of hard work and of course, with the help of their natural gifts for singing and dancing, Eric Secharia, Joey Diggs Jr., Thomas Augusto, Anthony Ladao and Colton Rudloff finally got their big break when they caught the attention of the man responsible for Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj's biggest hits --- RedOne.
Probably best known for their cover of "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift, which went viral on Youtube, garnering a whooping 1.6 million views to date, the quintet recently released their debut single "Hell Yeah" much to the fans' delight. The party anthem has gained more than 700,000 views and counting, and 98% of the votes it has received on Youtube are 'likes', which is a feat that is extremely hard to accomplish given the benefit of anonymity of the voting service.
Having dreamed of stardom ever since they were just little kids, Midnight Red have definitely reached their goals as they currently have a large fan-base not just in the United States but also worldwide! They have been featured on Ryan Seacrest's website as well as popular teenage magazine J-14. They receive grandiose amounts of love tweets daily and their fan-base chiefly consists of teenage girls.
"This is our Plan A-Z," Eric says when asked about whether he or the other band members had a Plan B for their careers. Without a doubt, the five members of Midnight Red were destined to be stars and they will definitely prove that with their upcoming debut album! I had the chance to interview Eric about Midnight Red and hopefully, this interview will get you googling this intriguing band as soon as you read it!
Midnight Red is a relatively young band but it has achieved more success than many others. What do you think sets you apart from other boy bands & artists?
Personally, what I think makes us a little different than other bands is that when you come to our show, you have a good time; you're dancing because we're dancing. We put on a show without all those fancy productions and fireworks. We're up on stage to create a feeling you've never felt before.
Tell us more about yourselves!
Well, we're all different ethnicities and come from all across America. We seriously couldn't be any more different, but when it comes to music... as cheesy as it sounds, we come together and create... wait for it... Midnight Red, ha!
When did you first realise that you wanted to do music as a career?
I kind of stumbled upon singing when I was 6 years old and the school I went to had a class for singing and I just kept at it. It was love at first note.
You work with RedOne, who has produced some of the most successful songs on the planet. How is it like working with him?
It's insane to work with someone like Red. He makes us feel like we're a part of his family, you would never be able to guess that he's the man responsible for Gaga, J Lo, Enrique, etc.
You're embarking on the 2013 Pop Explosion Tour soon. What are you most looking forward to on the tour?
Just getting on the road will be great, but I do know that we're all really excited to finally meet and perform for our fans across the country and up in Canada eh. Oh and I'm stoked to eat a lot of food too!
If you could meet any celebrity in the world, who would it be?
Any spoilers for your upcoming debut studio album?
Well... I'm not really supposed to say anything but we're in talks with Tupac's Hologram for our second single. Fingers crossed!
With every boyband comes a horde of screaming fans. What's the craziest fan encounter you've ever had?
I don't think I've ever had a "Crazy fan encounter" but I do get a lot of "OMG MY OVARIES" or "ERIC SECHARIA FATHER MY CHILDREN" but all that's normal ;)
Speaking of fans, you guys must receive loads of tweets from fans vying for your attention. What kind of tweets stand out to you?
I really like witty ones with funny pictures attached. There was this one tweet that was sent to me a while back and it was my face on a cats body. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Many people have a Plan B to fall back on just in case their music careers don't work out. Do you guys have a Plan B?
This is our plan A-Z.
How have your lives changed since Midnight Red began?
To me, I don't think my life has changed that much other than the fact that I get to do what I love everyday and not many people can say that. We're young, we're having fun but at the same, I get to call it work.