Midnight Red are a boy band, yes, but they weren’t manufactured by a music mogul or a talent competition like The Wanted or One Direction or many successful boy bands of decades past. Instead the self-proclaimed regular guys have a short-lived reality show and Menudo to thank for bringing them together.
In 2007, Thomas Augusto and Eric Secharia met while auditioning for Making Menudo, a mere blip on the radar of ’00s MTV reality programming. They didn’t make it through the competition, but decided after the experience to join forces and start their own band, along with friend Anthony Ladao. Secheria’s mom then discovered future member Colton Rudloff on YouTube and convinced him to audition for the group via Facebook. Shortly after, their producer introduced them to Joey Diggs, Jr. and the quintet became what is now known as Midnight Red.
The guys soon went from rehearsing in a garage to recording in one of the many studios owned by producer and frequent Lady Gaga collaborator, RedOne.
“We’ve come so far as a group. We started off in a garage, hot, cold, practicing and rehearsing every day just with a dream,” Diggs Jr said. “Now that we’re here actually living it out, we just want to have a chance to prove to everyone our talents.”