Get ready world! Midnight Red is about to blow up big. We speak with
Colton Rudloff, the fifth member of the boy band. “We’re
not manufactured…We came together in a way that is organic,”
he states. “There’s something for everyone in Midnight
Red.” [Keep reading for interview.]
People can’t resist the simple pleasure of talented young men
singing together – and it doesn’t hurt if they’re
not bad to look at either. Enter Midnight Red, a new group of exciting
performers from across the country who are carrying on that legacy
by bringing outstanding harmonies and electrifying dance moves to
the pop landscape. Midnight Red is: Joey Diggs Jr., Thomas Augusto,
Eric Secharia, Colton Rudloff, and Anthony Ladao. We speak with Colton
Rudloff, the fifth member of the group.
[By Monica Harris]
Q. My first question is about how you joined Midnight Red —
I heard they discovered you on Youtube?
Colton Rudloff: They did. They had been a group of 4, and they traveled
all the way to New York City for some record labels and all the record
labels told them that, you know, there was something there but they
needed a 5th member. So they came back to L.A. They held auditions.
Nothing was really quite working and then they went to Youtube for
a last ditch effort. They luckily found me right away. And I was in
L.A. already. I went and auditioned and they put me in the band right
on the spot. Since then its been Midnight Red.
Q. That’s exciting. That’s the power of Youtube!
Colton: I started doing Youtube covers back when I was 17 just for
fun…Its definitely the way of the future. Me being this small
town boy from Buffalo getting a hit opportunity out here in California
through the internet? Its cool. Because it wouldn’t have happened
any other way.
Q. Is the group working on an album now?
Colton: We spent 10 days in Paris in December, just before Christmas,
Interscope flew us out there to work with RedOne. We had been working
with him throughout the year and a half prior, but they flew us out
to Paris to really get that album done. So in December we went there,
we recorded the bulk of the album. Its not to say that we won’t
record more, but we’re really close.
Q. I think you have the best fashion sense in the group. You dress
really well. How would you describe your sense of style?
Colton: Are you being serious? That’s so funny because in the
group I am so not the one with the fashion sense. But I would describe
my style as clean cut, the opposite of grunge, its very all-American,
relate-able. I’m a very simple guy, simple values. I have a
hard time glitzing and glamming it up, so its very much my personality
to keep it simple and wear the all-American prep look. That fits me
the best, I’d say. Which is why I stick to that in the group
because it just feels most comfortable.
Q. How do you think Midnight Red is going to stand out from other
Colton: Well there’s something different about Midnight Red
in the sense that, you know, we’re not manufactured. That’s
not to say that all the other boy bands are manufactured, but we did
come together in a way that is organic, and we all happen to be so
very different. And a lot of boy bands like to conform to one look
or one general style. But you honestly couldn’t put Midnight
Red in that category because we’re all so different that I think
we’d freak out if we were all tried to put into one outfit.
We come from different backgrounds. Everybody couldn’t be more
different in their personal life, their family life, the values they
were brought up on. I think that’s something that’s commendable,
something that’s going to go a little bit more global. There’s
tons of people out there, and there’s something for everyone
in Midnight Red. We believe that. We’re really bringing back
that party onstage energy in that — hopefully arena, fingers
crossed — there’s going to be a lot more going on than
what boy bands now are giving out. We’re so grateful that we
grew up with that 90’s pop boom and we go to watch N’Sync
and all those groups really go for it. And they had a lot of energy
onstage. I think that’s been lacking in the boy band scene today.
And I think we’re going to be that niche.
Q. What kinds of things do you guys like to do besides music?
Colton: A few of us are into working out. We definitely are movie-goers
for sure. We’re constantly talking about movies. We’re
5 very normal dudes and we like to hang out. I know Eric and Anthony
love their video games.
Q. Did you ever audition for American Idol?
Colton: I did, yeah. I tried out when I was 16 in a few different
cities. I made it all the way through the really tough preliminary
rounds to get to Paula, Simon and Randy in Boston. That was weird.
That was like walking inside your TV.
Q. I bet you were really nervous.
Colton: You know I was but — that was like 8 year ago —
which is even weird for me to say. [Laughs.] I was nervous and just
really not ready. I was like a deer in headlights. Just this little
16 year old kid. I got some praise from Randy and a back handed comment
from Simon. It was weird. Simon was like, “I think you’re
a good singer but you should be a good singer part time and figure
out what else you’d like to do with your life.” At the
time I was like, that sucks. But my mom helped me see it in the right
light. She said, “How many times have you watched the show and
he tells someone never to sing again. He told you, you’d be
a good singer part time. That’s something. You’re 16 years
old.” And I really held that with me. It was good to get that
reaction at 16.
Q. I’m glad you stuck with the singing! My last question —
can you finish this sentence: ”Life is awesome because _______.”
Colton: Life is awesome because Midnight Red is about to blow up and
has given me everything to live for. And I can’t wait to share
it with the world!