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Midnight Red talks with Kidsday

Kidsday reporters Chelsea Burnside and Kyra Squillante, ages

Kidsday reporters Chelsea Burnside and Kyra Squillante, ages 15 and 16, from Sayville, interviewed the band Midnight Red: Thomas Augusto, Anthony Ladao, Eric Secharia, Joey Diggs, Colton Rudloff, at Planet Hollywood on June 5, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

We met the new band Midnight Red -- Thomas Augusto, Anthony Ladao, Eric Secharia, Joey Diggs, Colton Rudloff -- at Planet Hollywood recently. We had just seen them play and really like their style.

What was your first impression of one another?

Colton: I was the last member of the group added. So I met them all . . . and my first impression was, "Wow, they're so talented. They dance and sing at the same time. They're going to do amazing. I wonder what I'm going to do with my life."

How long have you guys been together as a band?

Colton: We've known each other for a couple of years now. We kind of created a brotherly bond. We're having fun doing this, living our dreams.

Who is your dream person to collaborate with?

Colton: Justin Timberlake.

Thomas: Miley Cyrus.

Before you guys go onstage for shows, do you have any rituals before you go on?

Thomas: We have a prayer.

What has been your favorite part of being a band so far?

Eric: Having . . . being surrounded by my brothers. I have a sister, so I'm the only one who doesn't have a brother. Now, I got four.

Anthony: And the Red Heads out there.

Joey: We never knew there were so many cool people out there.

Is there any song you guys get sick of singing?

Colton: It actually depends, I think, night by night, there are times we could perform a song that we hadn't in a while that we're maybe more tired of, and then you go back to it and you're like, "Oh yeah, this was really fun." So it really just depends like you don't really have a favorite song for your whole entire life.

We know you guys have been singing in Spanish. Are you all bilingual?

Thomas: I speak Spanish. It's definitely fun, because we have such a big Latin fan base like in Latin America and Spain. We're going to Spain in like two weeks. And it's always fun like the . . . process of recording something in Spanish, I was kind of like coaching them on certain like Spanish stuff. It was fun. We all learned a little bit.

Do you guys ever watch your own performances or interviews online?

Eric: Sometimes, we get really, really tired and we can't sleep, so it's really fun to watch them back.

Colton: And that's why it's good if you come to multiple shows of ours because you're not going to get the same thing every time, and you're going to see a different person doing something different each night.

We have a lot of questions on Twitter, and a frequent one was "would you guys date a fan?"

Thomas: Yeah, yeah!

Colton: Fans are people. And I like people. Never say never.

Who have you been most influenced by musically?

Colton: Selectively like we all grew up in that time period when there was a big pop boom with like Britney, Christina, 'N Sync, Backstreet Boys. And everyone was like going head to head, and everyone had their favorite band and favorite artist. I think that era really helped us want to do what we do today.

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