JULY 29th 2015

Welcome to Metaltitans, Guardians of Metal Entertainment Worldwide, we are here with Mike Semesky vocalist for RAUNCHY. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us.
1.  Tell us what it means when it says genre - Raunchy, what can we expect to hear ?

Our sound (or genre) is a hybrid of metal, pop, and electronic. I believe it stems from our having very diverse musical tastes, individually. Everyone brings something different to the table so our songs go through a very interesting evolution as we write them.
2. The band has been around for a little while now, what would you say is the best thing you have seen over the years in the music industry ?

That’s simple! The internet. I wouldn’t be in this band if it weren’t for the internet.
3. Tell us what you consider to be the worst thing over the years in the industry ?

The internet…
4. You have 6 members, including yourself, can you tell us how each member came to be in Raunchy ...
Yourself, Mike Semesky - Vocals: Believe it or not, I was contacted by Raunchy over Facebook after I announced that I had left The HAARP Machine in 2012. They told me that Kasper was no longer in the band and they asked if I’d be interested in auditioning. Having been a huge fan of Raunchy for years (since Death Pop Romance) I of course screamed like a little girl and then calmly responded “Yes, I would be interested.” After that, they sent me a pre-production demo of what is now called “Luxuria”, to which I promptly wrote and recorded a verse and chorus. I sent it to them and the next thing I knew, I was in the band!
As far as the other members and their coming to be in the band is concerned, they were all childhood friends from a small town in Denmark that started playing music together in the 90s, and it became what is now Raunchy! As precious as this story is, I still prefer to think that the five of them met at a Handsome Viking Convention and decided that they would look good playing music together.
5. You released your 6th album 'Vices.Virtues.Visions' Jan.20 through Massacre Records, was it a long process from the time the band started to write the songs, until it was a finished product ?

It’s difficult to say what constitutes as a “long” writing process. It certainly wasn’t Tool album long, but it definitely didn’t come over night. A lot of thought and energy went into the instrumentation, lyrics, melody, and production of this album.
6. What's the most difficult thing about recording a new album ?

I can’t speak for everyone else here but personally it didn’t feel like any part of the process was “difficult” per se, as I had a blast recording my parts! One interesting obstacle that Jeppe and I crossed on occasion when we were tracking together in the studio was the slight difference in how we pronounced certain vowel sounds (American English versus Danish pronunciation of American English). So when tracking harmonies to each other’s parts, we had to be extra cautious and in tune with how we pronounced our ‘A’s and ‘E’s in particular. We got into a groove though and operated under the “when in doubt, round the vowel” approach.
7. Who wrote the songs for the album?  What kind of inspiration was behind the writing ?

Jesper T and Lars were the primary song writers and I wrote the lyrics and concept. As far as the inspiration for the lyrics are concerned, every song on the album is bound together by an overarching concept that explores the dichotomy of good versus evil through the seven deadly sins and seven heavenly virtues. Seven of the songs are narratives that each depict an extreme of a different sin/vice (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride) along with the balance of it's opposing virtue (chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility). Three of the songs paint a gradually darkening, "singularity" inspired picture or vision of the world in the event that humanity's balancing act between its vices and virtues continues to weigh more and more on the side of the seven vices. Lastly, the final song is a vision of resolution, written in first person, in which one consciously pulls himself out of the cycles of his vices and finds balance and clarity through virtue.
8. The album was produced by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Doro, Epica, Destuction) at Hansen Studios, I would like to ask you why you chose Jacob and that studio to produce your new album ?

Having produced Raunchy’s last three albums, Jacob has essentially become a part of the band’s sound. He knows exactly how to highlight Raunchy’s strengths and take the hybrid nature of our music to next level eargasms. Needless to say he was very much the ideal producer for the job and we love what he did with VVV!
9.  Really cool artwork to your new album, can you explain what the image represents ?

Our guitarist, Lars actually created the artwork for VVV, so he would probably be able to explain the imagery much more eloquently than I could.

10. You have been with the band now since March 2013 ? Are you feeling comfortable now in your position ?

Absolutely! Morten, Jeppe, Lars, and Jesper^2 are some of the nicest, funniest, most genuine people I’ve ever met! I really can’t say enough good things about them. Everyone has so much personality and I feel like I clicked with each of them right from the start. I’m so fortunate to have these handsome Viking fellas as my band mates!
11. How did you come to be the new vocalist ?

12. When you were young, did you take any kind of lessons for singing ? Or did you become accomplished on your own ?

Yes indeed! I took both classical and rock voice lessons as a young chap. And I’m proud to say that I currently teach online voice lessons over Skype to aspiring vocalists from around the world!
13. What's been the most exciting thing in your career so far ?

Traveling the world and connecting with people through the universal language of music.
14. When you get the time to relax, put your feet up, what kind of music do you enjoy listening to ?

I listen to a ton of music and am always looking for new jams. Some of my recent favourites are The Weeknd - Kissland, Enter Shikari - The Mindsweep, Jessie J - Sweet Talker, Hozier - self titled, Marianas Trench - Ever After, and Dirty Loops - Loopified.
Is there anything you would like to add to this interview that I might have missed asking but you want fans to know ?

If you are reading this and are interested in taking online voice lessons with me over Skype, feel free to email me at mikesemeskymusic@gmail.com
Thank you very much ( mange tak ) for taking the time to do this interview with us here at Metaltitans, and we wish you all the success with 'Vices.Virtues.Visions'.
RAUNCHY - Eyes Of A Storm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-QsmbnLz8E