Chris Mike: “Going back and forth between styles and trends won't help you achieve a personal sound. You have to be committed to who you are"

Chris Mike
(Image credit: Thomas Chalastanis)

Greece-based axeman Chris Mike has released not one, but two guitar instrumental albums – his first was 2013’s Not Just Lipstick on a Pig, and his new one is called Socialholic – out now on CandyRat Records. Now that he’s amassed a bona fide body of work, he’s formed some decided views on what constitutes a great guitar record.

“So many guitar albums sound alike because there’s a tendency among guitarists to sound identical to everybody else,” he says. “You hear the same guitar tones, the same way of playing; the records wind up being a poor copy of somebody else’s work.” 

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar World, Guitar Player, MusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.