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Prog Me: Daniel Tompkins

This month: Daniel Tompkins (Skyharbor/TesseracT)


My iPhone is essential for keeping in contact with people; I’m on Skype all the time to Keshav [Dhar, Skyharbor] in India. I also use Logic Pro all day, every day for recording ideas, programming music and mixing.


I’m a vocal coach so my life for the past six years has been all about vocals. I could talk for hours about how the voice works and how to be a good singer.


I used to be a police officer so I have some really cool memorabilia from the job… I can’t say too much about it but it’s definitely stuff I keep under lock and key!


There are two albums I’m always drawing inspiration from: El Cielo by Dredg and Enigma’s The Cross Of Changes. I don’t have much time for TV but when I do, I sit down with Netflix and watch things like Dexter and Lost. As for films, I love Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit. I also saw Interstellar recently which was mind-blowing.


I absolutely love fine English ales. There’s this amazing cask ale called Chatsworth Gold which is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. I’m pretty boring when it comes to food but you can’t beat a good roast chicken dinner, with gravy of course!

Natasha Scharf

Dark prog (and chocolate) fan Natasha has been a Prog regular since 2009. News Editor between 2014 and 2019, now Deputy Editor, she is the only member of the team to have appeared on Prog's cover.