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Monique Steans
Philadelphia Heavy Metal Music Examiner

This afternoon I had the lovely opportunity of speaking with one of the hottest pop groups in the country, Midnight Red. The RedOne produced their smash hit, “Hell Yeah” Lead Vocalist, Thomas Augusto spoke with me about the formation, opening up for New Kids on The Block, and his favorite home cooked meal, so take a seat and join me on this wild ride...

MS: When did Midnight form?
TA: We formed about three years ago.

MS: Are there any musicians that stand out as an inspiration for you?
TA: As a kid definitely Michael Jackson and as I grew up I started getting into No Doubt, and late 90s early 00s pop acts, today I listen to a lot of Nirvana, David Bowie and Freddie Mercury.

MS: What the coolest thing about being in a group?
TA: I feel secure, safe, these guys are my four brothers, we're all so different, we all share our own strengths and weaknesses, we are constantly learning from each other.

MS: What sets Midnight Red apart from other groups?
TA: What sets Midnight Red apart from other groups is that we are not uniformed, we all share individualism, we are performance driven, we dance a lot and we are so compassionate.

MS: What's the one thing your fans don't know about you?
TA: On my 19th birthday I went back to my hometown, Arlington, TX and went skinny dipping at the community college swimming pool, coincidentally that was almost where I did all the competitive swimming practice when I was in high school.

MS: Are there any musicians you guys would love to collaborate with?
TA: Two. Rihanna, shes just really cool, and Susan Boyle. I'm her biggest fan “Loyal Boyle” I made that up, so no one can steal it!

MS: How How was the tour with New Kids on The Block?
TA: Its really been incredible. Its so cool to learn from them. Its been such a crazy experience, just surreal.

MS: How did you guys hook up RedOne?
TA: We actually met him through our entertainment lawyer Peter Lopez, who has since passed away. In our initial meeting, we actually “took it the streets” gathered a nice crowd and performed for him and Interscope. He's actually the ecutive producer of our album, hes amazing, and just a wonderful mentor to us.

MS: How was the process for recording your EP?
TA: We recorded at Henson Studios in LA, it was really effortless. The best part was the fact that we got to order all kinds of fun! We had such a great time!

MS: What was the best venue on the tour?
TA: Tulsa, Oklahoma at the BOK Center, some of my friends from back home were in the crowd, and it kinda reminds me of home.

MS: Do you have a favorite home cooked meal?
TA: My moms lamb & rice.

MS: Do you have any advice for up & coming groups?
TA: Yes, I do. Be relentless, be persistent, be your own biggest fan, no matter what, keep going!

MS: Describe yourself in three words.
TA: Enigmatic. Eccentric. Rock & Roll.

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