Candyrat Records have just released a new instrumental guitar album by Chris Mike called “Not Just Lipstick on a Pig” which is a Rock Fusion style and features some brilliant virtuosic playing and great melodic phrasing showing that he isn’t just a shredder.

Chris Mike, is a professional guitar player from Greece. Born on May 3, 1985, he grew up in a suburban town of Athens near the sea. He took classical guitar lessons and tried to further develop and improve his technique. Some of his influences include Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Steve Vai, John Petrucci and Guthrie Govan. By the end of his high school years, he had gained almost all of the music degrees, including Music Theory and Analysis, History and Theory of Musical Styles and Music composition. He also took guitar lessons with Theodore Ziras and Takis Barberis and studied jazz theory at Nakas Conservatory in Athens.

Since 2006, Chris has worked as a session musician in several bands, including the “Stavros Tou Notou house band”, and for some famous Greek artists, such as Thanos Petrelis, Kaiti Garbi, Konstantinos Thalassohoris, Efstathia, Evridiki and many more providing his services in the albums recordings and also at the live performances. From 2009 until today, he performs around 100 concerts a year and tours all over Greece including North American and Australian tours during the years 2010-2011.

On September 3rd, 2013, Chris Mike released his first solo guitar extravaganza album, named ‘Not just lipstick on a pig’ with U.S. based record label, Candyrat Records.

You can purchase transcriptions of Chris’s compositions from the album on the Candyrat website here –