Jerry Lucky: Greetings Eduardo and thanks for taking some time to have a chat. First off, let’s talk about how the band came together,
because it's a bit confusing. You started out being called Radio Clip in
Eduardo Benatar: Hello Jerry and thanks for having me, I feel honored. Yes, RC2 started when Radio Clip folded.
JL: The music of Radio Clip seemed to be a little more pop-rock, would that be correct? I heard a lot of late eighties British band sounds. Bands like Tears for Fears or INXS or even Ultravox.
EB: The band started circa 1987. Their first album was very pop oriented, but after that they started incorporating more rock elements. I think the bands you mention are very much in that vein, but Radio Clip tried to incorporate more heavy guitar playing on their music too.
JL: Radio Clip was very popular, right?
EB: They had number 1 singles and gold records on the Venezuelan charts, so yes, they were all the popular that a rock band can be in a country so immersed in Latin music as Venezuela is.
JL: So what led to the break-up?
EB: Lots of things… three of the original members left the country, their record company folded and the music scene in the country was very damaged by the economic situation. Basically, it was very hard to keep it rolling.
JL: So now what led to the formation of RC2 and how was it you decided to move more into the progressive rock style?
EB: When I entered in the picture, in 1998, the band was at a very low point. Only two of the original members remained: Felix Duque (vocals) and Arturo Torres (bass). We realized that prog rock was a style we all loved and, if we were gonna stop treating the project as a professional band and more kind of like an artistic thing, we might as well play the music we loved. At that point, it was the three of us and Demian Mejicano (RC2 first guitar player) and we needed a keyboard player. I called Rafael Paz, a childhood friend, and believe it or not, we composed 75% percent of the songs of the first album and even a couple that we used on Future Awaits. But then Arturo decided that he wanted to move to the States, so we broke up. Three months later, I called all the guys and recruited Pedro Misle, a bass player from Luz Verde, my rock and roll band, and we started a cover band. Radio Clip was Arturo’s band, so we decided to change the name to RC2.
We sucked at covers, so we only did one gig, and used that money to record a 3 song demo. We gave a copy to Pedro Castillo,
from Tempano (
JL: When you thought about playing progressive rock, didn't anyone in the band say..."wait a minute, that's not a very popular style of music…why do we want to play prog?"
EB: That’s exactly what we thought, and we loved that! The pressure was off and we could start doing
it for fun and not worrying about the success of a legendary band. By the way, Radio Clip has reunited in
JL: So while all this is happening where does the move to
All of the above happened between 1998 and 2001. In 2002, when we were set to start recording, Felix decided to move to
After that, and because of the political turmoil in
Drums, bass and keyboards for this album were recorded from April thru
August 2004, and we came to
JL: Now the band got a support gig with Dream Theater! That's pretty cool. How did that come together? And how did that affect the band?
EB: Mike Portnoy had the idea of making a contest to choose the opening bands of Dream Theater’s South
American tour. We won the
JL: Many of the reviews of your first album tended to put you guys in the prog-metal camp. Was that fair?
EB: I think it was mostly because of Demian’s influence. The guitars are very heavy, but the compositions are very symphonic.
JL: The new CD, Future Awaits,
tells the story of your move to
EB: It’s because we’re not a prog-metal band. It’s true that we have a harder edge than most of the bands that have influenced of, but we strive for melody. Our main goal is to make songs that can function as a unit, rather than putting together bits and pieces of complicated parts.
The lyrics are a reflection of our personal and musical journey, from anxiety and aggression to hope and happiness. The lyrics were supposed to be in Spanish, but we decided it to try and do this one in English. I wrote about all of this (and about the odyssey of recording this album) on the liner notes of Future Awaits.
JL: What are the plans for the band? Can you make a living just playing music or do have to keep your day jobs?
EB: We plan to tour
JL: Any final thoughts you'd like fans and newcomers to know about RC2?
EB: As you may have noticed while reading this interview, we really love this band and we believe in our music. We have overcome lots of difficulties, but it is only for the best: we have what I think is a great record. I really hope you all listen to it… and come visit us at www.myspace.com/rc2prog!
JL: Hey, thanks for taking the time..wish you all the best in the future.
EB: Thank you, Jerry. I wish you all the best and hope that we can keep in touch.