Hello my name is Mark Chichkan im a lead singer, and lead guitarist from Windsor, Ontario Canada. I have been playing guitar and singing most of my life.I started at 7 with my first guitar.40 years later here I am still doing it! I started making money with my guitar and playing clubs when I was 15. After high school I landed my first job at a car plant. It lasted just over 2 years before I auditioned for and landed my first national act called Mindstorm on Aquarius records. . They had their first album out on a major label and I was basically a hired gun for lead guitar on there upcoming tour. We toured extensively throughout Canada and I then went on to record there 2nd album which featured members from legendary Canadian band and multi platinum selling "April Wine".
After this project folded I was picked up by the former management company of Mindstorm and Helix and asked if id like to record and tour doing my own music. Of course I did and went out again touring for a year straight doing 6 nights a week doing a mixture of my own songs and covers. I lived the typical struggling artist life with little money and barely enough to eat. This band folded after a grueling schedule of performing and not enough direction from management. I then came home back to Windsor and started playing full time around town and the county. Teaching and playing music whenever I could. I then got another call from my former manager asking if id like to go on tour again. This time as a hired gun for gold and platinum selling band Helix from Canada. I said yes again and off I went...
I was with Helix for close to 5 years playing lead guitar and singing and toured again throughout the years I spent with the band. We went all over Canada and back many times. I ended up playing on 2 albums with Helix. And a song I wrote entitled Wrecking Ball" which was later co-written by the other members was used on the album "Half alive" We also shot a video for one of the songs off this album. But it never got out of the can. Then on another of Helixs albums I had another one of my songs placed called "Devils Gate"..... this was on the album "B sides".
After my time with Helix I went on to play back in my hometown of Windsor and continued playing for a living every weekend. I then formed a band called "Bombsquad" and we concentrated mostly on casinos knowing they had deeper pockets and were able to spend a better dollar on a band. This was really the only way to make a decent living playing music live in a band anymore. So it was a logical move to do music that would cater to a diverse crowd and appeal to all ages...which is what casinos cater to. The Bombsquad is a very diverse band able to play most any type of music. From rock n roll, motown, soul and disco and todays latest hits. It was and continues to be a very popular band for festivals and corporate as well as weddings and most any event you need a high energy band to kick your party in gear. Bombsquad play both sides of the border regularly at all the area casinos. Even sang the national anthem for the Detroit tigers on 2 separate occasions. Awesome experience! lol And we've opened for some nationals also "Hermans Hermits" and "Blues Traveler" ... "War" just to name a few. The band has now been together 16 years same members and we still play both sides of the border regularly. Another very proud moment in my career came in 2012 when my life as a musician in my hometown of Windsor was forever celebrated when I was honored with an induction into the Windsor/Essex county musicians hall of fame. A moment I'll never forget.
My life as a musician keeps me busy as I have a few projects on the go all the time. I currently have 4 bands I play in around the Windsor/Detroit area The United Snakes and ...Bombsquad. As well as 80's inc a tribute to the 80's and Riot House. The link for Bombsquad can be found on my home page here. I play solo acoustic shows, and have 2 duos, one that features bass guitar, and the other piano. I play several times a month both sides of the border with all my acts. I have a vast repertoire of material to choose from therefore allowing me to play most any function requested of me. I have played with many national acts throughout the years on the biggest stages in the world. Some of those acts to name a few are... Trooper, Peter Criss (kiss), Georgia Satellites, Honeymoon suite, Headpins, Harlequin, Humble Pie, Foghat, Randy Bachman, and many many more. My experiences playing music with these superstars and my many experiences performing throughout the years have shaped me and molded me into the performer I have become. I constantly strive for perfection in my pursuit of being the consummate entertainer I long to be. Im a passionate performer and give 100% every time I step on a stage. I hope with all you've read you'll take a chance on coming to see me or my bands perform. Until then... See you on a stage somewhere.