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Interview with Midnight Red: "Hell Yeah"

Jun 16, 2012
Markos Papadatos

Eric Secharia from the pop boy band Midnight Red talks to Suite101 about their latest single "Hell Yeah" and its music video which is released next week.

On Friday, June 15, 2012, Suite101 spoke with Eric Secharia from the pop boy band Midnight Red, where he opens up about their new single “Hell Yeah,” which was produced by RedOne. In addition to Eric, the group is comprised of Joey Diggs Jr., Thomas Augusto, Anthony Ladao and Colton Rudloff.

They have shared the stage with such acclaimed bands as New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys, and they are signed to Interscope Records.

Particularly impressive about Midnight Red is that there is no lead singer. “We sing all split five parts equally. We are not a band that pushes one person more than the other,” Eric shares.

Influences

“Personally, I was inspired by Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine from Maroon 5, Bruno Mars and Freddie Mercury. For the group, we love the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, and Justin Bieber,” he states.

“Hell Yeah”

“The new single ‘Hell Yeah’ is getting released on June 19, and it’s a party anthem produced by RedOne,” he says. “It’s infectious and it has a dance edge to it and it’s a feel good song. As a group, it is the furthest thing from what you would normally expect from a boy band to come out with.”

Most recently, Midnight Red filmed a music video for the tune which was directed by Declan Whitebloom, who has worked with such acts as Taylor Swift and One Direction. “It was amazing to work with him, and it’s our first video ever in life,” he acknowledges. “It’s humbling to see the whole team around us. It’s a great feeling!”

RedOne

“RedOne is amazing!” Eric exclaims. “You would think someone of his stature would have this big ego, but you go into the studio with him and it’s like family. He considers us his kids, and he makes the environment so carefree and easy to work in. The bulk of our album is produced by RedOne, so expect to hear a lot from him.”

Name Origin

“We first started off with several different names and had copyright issues with those for two or three months. Joey from the band came to us one day and told us that he had a dream about ‘Midnight Red.’ We tried it out and it was the first name that worked out perfectly for us,” he says.

Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block

Last summer, Midnight Red was a guest on the New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys’ co-headlining tour. “It was our first major tour, where we would perform for 12,000 people packed arenas at each show. It gave us so much confidence as a group and it was an amazing time,” he remarks.

Future Plans

“Our plans are to release the single on Tuesday, and we have a radio show in August in Minnesota. We have shows lined up and we are focusing on the music video which comes out this week as well,” Eric reveals.

Name Origin

“We first started off with several different names and had copyright issues with those for two or three months. Joey from the band came to us one day and told us that he had a dream about ‘Midnight Red.’ We tried it out and it was the first name that worked out perfectly for us,” he says.

Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block

Last summer, Midnight Red was a guest on the New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys’ co-headlining tour. “It was our first major tour, where we would perform for 12,000 people packed arenas at each show. It gave us so much confidence as a group and it was an amazing time,” he remarks.

Future Plans

“Our plans are to release the single on Tuesday, and we have a radio show in August in Minnesota. We have shows lined up and we are focusing on the music video which comes out this week as well,” Eric reveals.