The Guys of Boy Band, Midnight Red, Open Up About Their Music and What They Have Learned Along The Way!
Posted On 31 Oct 2014
Tag: *NSYNC, Anthony Ladao, Backstreet Boys, Bailando, Brian Littrell, Colton Rudloff, Enrique Iglesias, Eric Secharia, Good Morning America, Hell Yeah, Janet Jackson, Joey Diggs Jr., Joey Diggs Sr., Michael Jackson, Midnight Red, MNR, New Kids On The Block, RedHeads, Sam Smith, Simon Cowell, Spain, Take Me Home, The Wanted, Thomas Augusto, Turnup-Time
Eric Secharia, Anthony Ladao, Thomas Augusto, Joey Diggs Jr. and Colton Rudloff make up the boy band, Midnight Red. Known both for their music as well as being talented dancers, they have toured with The Wanted, Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block.
Here is an All Access interview with Midnight Red band-member, Joey Diggs Jr.:
How did you guys all meet? What was the first moment that you all realized you should start a band together?
Midnight Red is a group that started from the garage. We weren’t put together by any major record label or by a Simon Cowell figure. We found each other. I still remember the day we all just stood in the mirror and said “this might really work!” From then on, we were garage brothers on a mission.
What’s been the most unexpected aspect of this whole experience so far?
A lot of people think that superstars are made in the day but nobody takes into consideration the hard work and the blood sweat & tears that actually go into making dreams come true.
I have read that you are one of the only boy bands out there that actually knows how to really dance! Were some of you dancers before singers?
Yes it is a known fact that we are the only boy band that knows how to dance. Anthony however, before he even found out that he could sing, was an amazing dancer. So amazing in fact that at the tender age of 11 he was denied the privilege of touring with Janet Jackson simply due to his youngness.
What are some your favorite songs to perform live? What gets the most reaction from the fans?
We like to call our favorite time of the show “Turnup-Time” and that’s where we perform our “Hell Yeah” number which really gets the crowd going! It’s a very intense track which allows for our intense dance moves to translate properly. By the time the chorus kick in, the crowds can’t help but scream “HELL YEAH” alongside us! That there is truly music to my ears.
Who are some of your musical influences? Who are some of the new artists who inspire you? Do you guys get to listen to the radio much? Any songs you can’t get out of head right now?
This group consists of five totally totally different guys and we all have different musical influences. Personally, I grew up listening to the likes of Michael Jackson and have been highly influenced by my father Joey Diggs Sr, who pretty much is taught me everything I know.
Artists that I have really taking a liking to and respect is Sam Smith. It means a lot to me when an artist focuses strictly on the music. He makes music that evokes emotions out of people and he takes pride in his work you can just tell.
We actually just got back from Spain and we listened to the radio actually every day for a change. Our single “Take Me Home” is gaining a lot of traction over there! It’s always exciting to you hear yourself on the radio and say “wow that’s really us! FROM THE GARAGE!”
Since our trip from Spain, Enrique Iglesias’ song “Bailando” has been stuck in my head like crazy. I sing it literally every day.
How are you using social media networks and sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram to interact with your fans? How often do you post?
The honest reason why MNR is even where we are today is strictly through the use of social media. We care about our fans and appreciate the fact that through their love for us, we’re able to live out our dreams. We make sure we make time to interact with fans through use of social media but also through our shows and at our meet & greets. Everything that we do pretty much now is for the fans and we try to make sure that they have the best time possible. Without the fans I wouldn’t be able to take this interview so I’d like to take the time to give a shout out right now to all the RedHeads out there who have supported MNR!
Thank you! We love & appreciate you!
What was it like touring with New Kids on The Block and Backstreet Boys back in 2011? Those must be some crazy devout fans!
The New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys tour was the start of it all for us. Not only were we blessed to be on the same stage as such legendary acts, we basically went to “boy band school” every single night of the tour! Being able to watch them move & control the crowds the way they did did a number for us. There was so much to learn from them. Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys gave us a pep talk the first show of the tour. He came into our room and explained it was on his heart to shoot some knowledge with us. He explained that we need to stay together by having each others back. Unity is the only reason that 20 years later they’re still able to perform for their fans. And let me tell you those fans know how to have a good time! It’s crazy how 20 even 30 years later these fans are having just as good a time as they did when they were little girls watching these guys perform. Hopefully Midnight Red can share the same success.
How was it supporting The Wanted on their tour in the states? What did you learn from those guys?
The Wanted tour has to be the most fun we’ve ever had on the road. We actually gelled very nicely: we hung out, played games and we laughed every single day. I don’t even think I can count how many pranks were dished out all together. That’s what happens when you put 10 guys on the same stage that generally know how to have a good time. #MissYouSiva
What was it like performing on Good Morning America earlier this summer? Were you guys nervous?
Good morning America was definitely a surreal experience. Being put on camera to face millions of people all over America can get a little nerve-racking but the fact that our New York RedHeads came out in big numbers to support us really eased our nerves. Thanks guys!
Later this month, you’ll be heading to Spain for the month to play several shows. How excited are you guys about that trip?
We plan on visiting Spain for our third time in December to take part in their biggest show of the year. Our single “Take Me Home” is currently #1 on iTunes and is being received very well by the Spanish people.
If you had the opportunity to work with any artist/band from the past, present or future, who would it be and why?
It would’ve been awesome to perform on the same stage as N’Sync! They truly pave the way for us. We grew up listening to their music and following their journey.
When you aren’t performing and/or writing new material, what do you like to do in your spare time? How do you do the normal teenage things like date?
Well before I was in a boy band and before music there was sports. In my spare time I’m usually working on myself getting myself in the best shape possible. A movie here and there at the theaters always does the trick as well.