Space Hug is a creative concoction, initially mixing the quirky talents of songwriter, Erik Newman, and vocalist, Adrianne Prettyman, The band features musical giants, Ryan Barrett (drums), Brett Haagen (bass) and David Kolar (keys) Their sound is a sonic blend of driving guitar riffs, sensual vocals and innovative keyboard countermelodies. Lyrics cover a broad range of topics from the personal to social commentary. Born in the COVID era – where people must hug at a distance – Space Hug has begun their journey to bring beauty and meaning to the strange times we live in. Just as Adrianne and Erik’s friendship grew into love, they hope your interest in their music will also. Catch a ride and enjoy a safe embrace.
What was your original calling to music? How did you start?
I’ll never forget attending a Jackson Browne concert as a kid when my brother’s date bailed on him. The experience was mind-blowing, and it sparked my desire to be on stage. Working at a landscape company at 15 helped me save up for my first guitar. By 18, I was on stage and never looked back.
Who or what is your musical inspiration? Which artist(s) do you look up to? Did any of them inspire you to experiment with your music? Is there something new you’d like to try?
I adore so many artists—from legends like Springsteen, The Eagles, and Journey to New Wave icons like The Cure, The Smiths, and U2. While I sometimes catch the vibe of other bands in my writing, I always aim to create music that’s true to me. I love the idea of our band exploring diverse song styles and genres, providing our audience with more variety while still sounding like us. I’m open to trying new things if it complements the song, and I encourage every band member to contribute their unique styles and ideas.
Why did you become involved with Music Beats Cancer? Has cancer directly or indirectly affected you?
We were selected through Reverbnation, and it’s a true honor to be part of this initiative. Cancer hit close to home for me—losing my mother to the disease in her 60s was devastating for our family. It took years to overcome, so being able to contribute to the fight against cancer means a lot.
What is happening next in your music career?
My focus is on continuing to write original music, relishing the experience of recording and performing live. I also aspire to produce other artists. I’m fortunate to have my wife, Adrianne, as a talented singer; collaborating with her on new ideas brings immense joy. For me, the musical magic resides in the creative process, from the seed of a song to the final version.
Anything else you would like Music Beats Cancer readers to know about you?
Just a heartfelt thank you for your efforts in fighting this disease. We’re grateful for the opportunity to fundraise and share our music. We also hope to make more friends on our musical journey. Stay in touch, and listen to Space Hug whenever the mood strikes!