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Prog Me: Claudio Sanchez (Coheed And Cambria)

OK COMPUTER? My computer is the central main frame to everything; it’s essential for my creative survival. I also have a dictaphone application on my cellphone so if an idea pops into my head it’s documented.

MASTERMIND I like a lot of stuff but I never really commit to consuming one thing that I know every nook and cranny of!

RELICS I have a nice comic book collection with key moments from certain characters. I own The Incredible Hulk #181, which is the first appearance of The Wolverine – that’s probably one of my favourites.

SOUND & VISION I love movies, I could go all day and throw a bunch at you but the original Star Wars trilogy just branched out my imagination to do the things that I do now. Indiana Jones is another character I very much love and I also love Spaghetti Westerns. If I had to pick one record, then Pink Floyd’s The Wall, not just because of its progressive elements but because of its conceptual element too.

SUPPER’S READY My favourite drink would have to be water, straight from the tap! Food-wise, I’m a big fan of salmon – just cooked plain with salt but I’ll rock smoked salmon on a bagel with cream cheese or in sushi, whatever! I just really like that fish.

Natasha Scharf
Natasha Scharf

Contributing to Prog since the very first issue, writer and broadcaster Natasha Scharf was the magazine’s News Editor before she took up her current role of Deputy Editor, and has interviewed some of the best-known acts in the progressive music world from ELP, Yes and Marillion to Nightwish, Dream Theater and TesseracT. Starting young, she set up her first music fanzine in the late 80s and became a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines over the next decade. The 00s would see her running the dark music magazine, Meltdown, as well as contributing to Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Terrorizer and Artrocker. Author of music subculture books The Art Of Gothic and Worldwide Gothic, she’s since written album sleeve notes for Cherry Red, and also co-wrote Tarja Turunen’s memoirs, Singing In My Blood. Beyond the written word, Natasha has spent several decades as a club DJ, spinning tunes at aftershow parties for Metallica, Motörhead and Nine Inch Nails. She’s currently the only member of the Prog team to have appeared on the magazine’s cover.