Chris Mike (Christos Michalis) born on May 3rd, 1985, is a guitar player, as well as a session and touring musician. He grew up in a small suburban town near Athens, Greece, where he began playing guitar at age 11.
He is a Candyrat Records/JTC Guitar artist and endorses Ernie Ball Music Man, Victory Amps, Elixir Strings, Crazy Tube Circuits, and Richter Straps.
Chris performs around 150 concerts a year and has toured over Europe, North America, and Australia.
Chris Mike released his first instrumental guitar album through Candyrat Records. "Not Just Lipstick on a Pig" has received immensely positive reviews and has appeared in several top music sources including Guitar World, Premier Guitar, Guitar Italy, Metal Hammer, and Rock Hard.
“The album delivers a blend of modern composition along with soulful melodies, groove, and highly demanding technical solos.”
“The track ‘For Jason’, which appears on Mike's new instrumental album is a tribute to Jason Becker. Best of all, Becker has heard the track and seen the clip — and he approves! “Wow, this is absolutely fantastic," Becker said. "I love it and am honored he did it for me. It is so clean and creative. He is great!”
His next singles followed in the success of his first solo record. They were critically praised in the form of countless views and shares, not to mention the expansion of Chris’s fanbase.
“Chris Mike has recorded—and created a music video for—his instrumental, shred-tastic cover of Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven". He has raised the bar high and he is letting us wondering where he’ll go next.”
“Guitarist Chris Mike made a version of Bruno Mars ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ that is just so tastefully written and perfectly executed that not sharing it with you would just be flat out stupid.”
“It turns out "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the perfect vehicle for Mike's "Jeff Beck meets Steve Vai" playing style”
Chris is also a member of the JTC Guitar artist roster, among some of the best guitar players worldwide. In September of 2015, he released his first Licks Package though JamTrackCentral, named 20 Innovative Melodic Rock Licks. In 2018, with his single "Motherland", he participated in JTC Guitar's album Guitar Hero Ballads 2.
He is also a former member of the band's God.Fear.None and Parthian Shot, a progressive metal band, of which he held the lead guitarist/composer/producer roles.
In September 2020, Chris released 'Limerence', the lead single from his second solo album "Socialholic". The album "Socialholic" is scheduled for release digitally on October 16, through Candyrat Records.