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Midnight Red, the next big thing? Hell Yeah!

Posted by The Star Scoop on July 17th, 2012

THE STAR SCOOP:
We’d like to know a little about when the five of you guys came together to form Midnight Red- what was it like initially?

THOMAS AUGUSTO of MIDNIGHT RED:
It was a really fun process for sure to get to know each other because there’s a bit of a different dimension to the relationships when you’re in a band with someone.

There’s the one layer of getting to know everyone on a personal level, strictly like friends, and then there’s the other layer of like, how do I work with these guys? What’s this guy good at? And everyone strengths and it’s cool to see and learn from everyone.

Ultimately, I think all of us grew a lot in being able to learn from each other. I remember one of the first days…we were all looking at each other, kind of measuring each other up. It was like a magical, meant to be kind of feeling when the five of us were together.

THE STAR SCOOP:
For you personally, what drew you to this industry; what made you want to pursue music? Because a lot of people like it as a hobby but it’s another thing to pursue it professionally.

THOMAS AUGUSTO of MIDNIGHT RED:
I was just having this conversation the other day with a friend of mine. Since I can remember, since I could really form coherent thoughts and full sentences, I just always knew I wanted to be a big rock star. Even when I just started barely walking.

I was just so passionate about it, and I am. And you have to have, almost like a little bit of crazy to really do it. I don’t think it’s necessarily conventional. All of my friends, they went to school; they’re all in college right now. I live a very different life from them.

In the beginning it’s a bit more rough when you don’t have as much solid ground, or something so structured, but now, I’m very fortunate where it’s like a job now, if that makes sense.

It’s a mixture of being incredibly passionate, persistent and loving it more than anything, and only being able to see yourself do that, and a small touch of craziness to make that logical for you, because it’s not logical for a lot of people.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Last summer you were on tour, opening for the New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys. What have you been up to since being on tour with NKOTBSB?

THOMAS AUGUSTO of MIDNIGHT RED:
Wow…there has been quite a bit. The NKOTBSB tour, we found out we were going only two weeks prior to going. We didn’t have anything choreographed that was ready. It was kind of like a mad dash to get everything together. We still had a lot of growing even at that point.

We knew the direction we wanted to head in…and we grew from that point. It was almost like an incubation process of really helping find the identity of who is Midnight Red and what do we represent. It became so real after the tour.

THE STAR SCOOP:
You guys are the new wave of the boy band, and you were opening up for two of the most amazing boy bands in recent history…was there anything you were able to learn from that that is helping you with where you’re at now as you’re coming out in your own?

THOMAS AUGUSTO of MIDNIGHT RED:
Absolutely. I think that was a big chunk of the growth that I was speaking about of Midnight Red, was learning from watching them.

I went in personally, and I think all of us, being mainly Backstreet fans because that’s what we grew up listening to, and I wasn’t as familiar with New Kids. But I went in and New Kids just won me over. They are so incredible. They have it. Along with Backstreet Boys. Watching them and how they have it…I don’t know how to explain it. On stage, they know. They are New Kids on the Block for a reason, Backstreet Boys for a reason.

We got this awesome talk from Brian Litrell. It was the first day, our first show in Vegas and he was kind enough to just watch us sound check, and he totally didn’t have to. And afterwards, he came into our dress room and was like, hey, so, you know…he talked to us a little bit and he was like, no matter what, you guys always stick together…just stick together, be a unit. And that’s the most important thing.

I think we learned how to function in a unit, because we were in a little white van traveling the country performing shows every night…really, really getting to know each other even more because we were with each other every day.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Your first national single is “Hell Yeah.” Tell us more about the song.

THOMAS AUGUSTO of MIDNIGHT RED:
I really enjoy that song. “Hell Yeah” is a great song. I think it does such an incredible job to capture and embody the spirit of Midnight Red and what Midnight Red is like.

It’s a very fun spirit song. It’s a great dance track, and what’s so cool about it is, I feel like there’s a few different genre influences in there. It’s very dancy, but it has such a cool guitar riff, almost like Red Hot Chili Peppers…and then you have like a hip-hoppish pre-chorus. The bridge is kind of like Michael Jackson pop and the verses are very dancy.

I think everyone shines in their part, which I think separates us. If a person were to hear “Hell Yeah,” I don’t think they automatically would equate that with, oh, that’s a boy band.

And that’s what we want. We definitely want to put a new face to what people think of a boy band or what they sound like or look like. We want to bring something new to the table, essentially.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Was there any particular reason this was the choice for the first single?

THOMAS AUGUSTO of MIDNIGHT RED:
We were in Paris when we recorded that. We recorded a lot of stuff with RedOne. It was difficult to pick, but “Hell Yeah” just seemed like the perfect song to debut with out of the gate, this is Midnight Red. We wanted to shake things up a little bit and say, hey, we’re here.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Loved the video for “Hell Yeah.” Very fun and chill. What do you remember most about shooting it?

THOMAS AUGUSTO of MIDNIGHT RED:
We had a lot of fun. It was like just hanging out and partying with friends. It was a long, pretty grueling day. We filmed that all in one day, so our day started at like 10am and we didn’t really leave set until midnight. We were all just so excited and pumped for our first music video.

Some parts were pretty challenging. We’re dancing in a pool that has no water which was interesting to dance in, because it has different levels. It’s not just a flat plane. It was really difficult to do choreography. But it was, it was so much fun filming that video.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Would you describe the sound of your album as being similar to “Hell Yeah,” and when will we be hearing it?

THOMAS AUGUSTO of MIDNIGHT RED:
I think it’s safe to say the rest of the album has a lot of similarity to “Hell Yeah.” It’s very feel-good sort of music. We wanted something that’s universal, and that’s what’s so incredible about pop music. It kind of transcends the barrier of language…a great melody can really just get people up anywhere in the world to dance. A lot of the album is very much like that.

It should be coming out towards the end of the year. I don’t have an exact date. We’re focusing a lot on “Hell Yeah,” the single.

THE STAR SCOOP:
You mentioned recording a lot of songs with RedOne. What is it like working with him?

THOMAS AUGUSTO of MIDNIGHT RED:
Oh, it’s always a pleasure. RedOne is really incredible. He’s like our mentor. He’s like our brother. From the moment we met him, he was just like family. He is so kind, so humble, so incredibly talented. It’s really baffling to speak with him and know that this guy is responsible for all that he is responsible for and he is so humble. You would never know.

It’s always a pleasure to work with him. He has so much energy. He’s such a positive person. Every time we’re around him, we feel like changing the world…he’s like a living “We Are The World.” He’s very cool. He’s very awesome, and it never feels like work with him. It just feels like we’re jamming out, making music, having fun.

THE STAR SCOOP:
We’d like to know something surprising about you, and something surprising about each of the other guys.

THOMAS AUGUSTO of MIDNIGHT RED:
My 19th birthday, I flew back home to Arlington, Texas, and I went with my best friends, and with some other friends that were already there in Arlington. We snuck into the community college pool and went skinny dipping.

[Laughs] Let’s see…what are some good ones. Joey, whenever we go on tour, he always has the same seat. For some reason, he is always in the same area of the car. he just naturally is inclined to go to the same spot. And uh…what else would be shocking or interesting? I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t want to divulge too much. Then there’s no mystery!

THE STAR SCOOP:
Any last words for the fans before we let you go?

THOMAS AUGUSTO of MIDNIGHT RED:
I am incredibly, incredibly grateful for all of our fans, and I actually dislike the word fans, because I like to feel like they’re part of the Midnight Red movement.

They’re supporting us, helping our dreams come true, which is so incredible, and I am forever grateful. I know the rest of the guys are.

We’re all excited to see where this journey goes. We have a lot of tricks up our sleeve, and a lot planned. You’ll be seeing and hearing from us a lot more in the future. I hope we’ll leave a big footprint and make our presence known.

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