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Prog Me: Dave Pen

This month: Dave Pen, BirdPen/Archive


I’ve just got one of the latest Apple Mac laptops – it’s got something like 100MB RAM. Nothing ever stops – it just works. I get lost with all the choice so I ask my friends what the best thing I can get is!


The films of John Carpenter because he’s the best. I love his films, especially his early ones. I don’t think a day goes past when John Carpenter doesn’t enter my mind!


I have an Epiphone Sheraton guitar that I bought off a friend for about £200. It was under his bed for about 20 years and it’s still got a dent in it where his ex-girlfriend smacked it with a hammer because she didn’t like it! It’s got a lovely sound. I play it in drop C with a baritone string.


My favourite film is probably either The Thing or The Fog. If I had to pick one song, it would be Do You Realize?? by The Flaming Lips – it was the first dance at my wedding so it’s got quite a personal meaning. We’ve never played with them but I’d love to.


It’s just got to be Greek food – I love Greek salad, calamari, the little sardines… all that stuff. Served in a taverna with a nice glass of white wine in the sunshine – that’s heaven!

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.