Meet & Greet: Midnight Red Talks Boy Band Politics, Touring with Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block
Celebuzz recently caught up with Eric Secharia of the band Midnight Red — who opened for both New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys in 2011 — to chat about the recent influx of these pop supergroups.
What does he think about this season’s new crop of boy bands?
Read on to find out.
Oh, hell yeah! I think the wrong kind boy bands are making a comeback. I’m just kidding, but boy bands are definitely coming back. I think it happens every ten or so years. ‘NSYNC was like the last major boy band that was out and that kind of disbanded around 2002. Now it’s 2012, and before NSYNC there was New Kids On The Block and Jackson Five. With every decade that passed, came along a new boy band — so it’s time.
How was your experience opening for New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys on the NKOTBSB tour?
The whole Backstreet Boys and New Kids tour was amazing. The year before, we performed for about forty people at this block party. The next show we had since then was 12,000 people in Las Vegas, and everyone screaming. It was surreal to think about it and it was an amazing experience. We got good advice from Brian [Littrell] and A.J. [MacLean]. We were all like close to them. It’s amazing to know that those two, who had such great careers, can be so nice. You never really think about their personality. You just kind of know what the internet tells you and what you can find out about them online.
What advice did Brian and A.J. give the band?
It was in Vegas. It was our soundcheck and they were doing their little meet and greet right before our soundcheck. A.J. stayed and watched, then said, “You guys are really good. Don’t let anything come between you five. You five are family. If you guys have problems, keep it inside and don’t let anyone see it. Stand together because once one person gets inside your mind, then it can infiltrate the group and probably hurt the group really bad.” He said to make sure we keep together and keep one opinion — to know who we are. From someone who lived it and is still living it, it was amazing advice.
Did that affect how the band functioned as a group?
I think we already did it. We don’t really have problems. Even though we’re five guys and five different opinions, we still get along. We live our lives and we don’t annoy each other. I think it was good. We do live by it. We don’t want to show any weakness in the group when there is none.
Personally for me, I have to have a ginger ale and listen to “The Final Countdown” and just scream. I have my big beats headphones on and I’m screaming this song to get me pumped. After that, like four or five minutes before we head to stage, we all come together, stand in a circle and pray. After the prayer, we all start this slow clap and I start barking really loudly just to get everyone pumped. That’s like our backstage rituals.
Were there any crazy fan encounters during the NKOTBSB tour?
It wasn’t really like a crazy fan encounter but wherever we were driving, there would be these fans that were at every stop where we stopped. They would always somehow end up at the same stop. It would be the weirdest thing. Anthony [Ladao] got offered cinnamon rolls but we didn’t want to push our luck.
Are there any artists out there that you’re dying to collaborate with?
Adam Levine would be the perfect person I’d want to do a collaboration with. I feel like for the group, it would have to be be Justin Timberlake. He would be a good collab. Bruno Mars would be a good collab, or Nicki Minaj would be pretty good too. You never know!
Speaking of Nicki, would you ever rap on a track then?
In one of the first songs we recorded with [producer] RedOne’s camp, I remember everyone was getting their singing parts because none of Red’s team knew our voices. They were like, “You sing this. You sing this. And Eric, you’re going to get the bridge — you’re going to get the breakdown but you’re going to rap.” And I’m like, “Wait, what?” They put this vocoder effect on my voice. I didn’t say a lot — it was like maybe ten words repeated over and over again — but since then I was like, “Yeah, I don’t want to rap anymore.” I think I’m just going to stick to singing.
Get to know the band better. Watch Midnight Red’s new music video for “Hell Yeah” below.