There are many prog lovers around the world, but we find that the technicalities and bombast of the music take precedence over the emotions, philosophies, stories, and messages that the artists are trying to present. The PROG Mind is for those that wish to discover great prog music, both popular and unknown; but also want to discuss the deep ideas that are so prevalent in progressive music. Of course, we don’t take ourselves all that seriously along the way, either. Ultimately, though, this is a site for those that want to explore the soul of prog!
Jason Spencer ~ Founder/Writer
I am a dreamer with a passion for writing. I hold a bachelors in education and a masters in theology currently. Married for several years and the father of three, my interests are rather extensive, from music (obviously) to film, video games, literature, history, art, theology, philosophy, and the unknown. I started The PROG Mind back in 2013 so I could discuss my favorite prog albums, and I hope this site sticks around for a while. Along the way, I’ve written for progarchives.com, progulator.com, progshine.net, and powerofmetal.dk. The PROG Mind is my only writing venue as of now, and I think I’ll keep it that way for some time.
My favorite bands include Riverside, Haken, Pendragon, Votum, The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Evergrey, Pain of Salvation, Susanne Sundfor, and Introitus, among others.
I’m a husband, a writer, and a musician. I love my wife and am blessed to be the full-time youth pastor for a fantastic group of teenagers in South Jersey. My passions include dark coffees, classical and contemporary literature, all eras and shades of progressive rock, and baseball (even when my Phillies are losing). I also spend a good amount of time wrestling with a certain lab/shepherd puppy who refuses to pay rent.
Some of my favorite bands include The Flower Kings, Gentle Giant, Kansas, Pain of Salvation, Sparta, and Transatlantic.
Stephen Kostas ~ Writer
As a full-time husband, father of three, technical writer, guitarist, and a part-time power lifter and video game podcaster; I’m entirely too busy to be doing this sort of thing, but here I am anyway. I’ve been playing and performing music since my parents started me on piano lessons at 8 years old, and I’ve been a big fan of metal and progressive rock since the first time I heard Dream Theater as a teenager. You may have heard me playing guitar in multi-dozen album selling bands like Synaesthesia (the US alt-rock band, not the ambient/electronica one or the progressive rock one now know as Kyros) and The Twenty Committee (the US progressive rock band, not the division of MI5 tasked with turning Axis spies into double-agents during World War 2), and you can check out my gaming and geek culture podcast “Eh! Steve!” featured on gamertagged.net.
Some of my favorite artists include Haken, Dream Theater, The Pineapple Thief, Transatlantic, and Steven Wilson.
Luke Henson ~ Writer
I love progressive music of all kinds; I tend to enjoy 70s music but I keep an open mind. I also enjoy reading and writing (my favorite authors are Victor Hugo, Ayn Rand and Agatha Christie), and I’m not averse to a good theological discussion. I play steel pans, bass guitar, piano, vocals, and (sort of) drums, and I am currently at work on a debut EP.
My favorite bands include Rush, Yes, King Crimson, Subterranean Masquerade, Voïvod, and Black Sabbath, among many others.
Daniel Hay ~ Writer
I am a 19-year-old mechanical engineering student from the distant island colony on the other side of the world known as New Zealand. I have been a big fan of progressive music since I was 14, and have been writing reviews since I was 16, on my own progressive music Facebook blog called The Exoskeletal Junction (formerly known from 2012-15 as The 10th Doctor of Prog).
Outside of reviewing, I spend an unnecessarily large amount of time watching cricket (the progressive rock of sports), and have my own band called The Dark Third.
Some of my favourite artists include Porcupine Tree, Anathema, Alcest, Opeth, Leprous and Marillion.