Get to Know Us

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,,, and  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, and Introitus, among others.


Justin Carlton ~ Writerjustin

I’m a husband, a writer, and a musician.  I love my wife and am blessed to be the full-time youth director 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.


Daniel Hay ~ Writerdaniel

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.


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