An Interview with Music Producer, Clay Hutson (UPDATED)

May 1, 2018 - By 
Clay Hutson stands next to production equipment

Clay Hutson Interview

Clay Hutson of Nashville is in the music industry, but he isn’t like anyone that you have ever known in that business. He takes his artist’s thoughts and feelings into consideration. He also wants to ensure that the audience experiences something beautiful and unique in every performance, and he has been known to work from sun up until sun down to make that happen.

How did you come up with the idea for your company?

I have an incredible amount of experience with live entertainment and tour production. I spent several years in this industry before I thought about starting my own company. I’ve been fortunate to be able to learn something valuable from each position that I have ever held, and the skills that I have now have been perfected enough to allow me to be a part of every possible segment of live entertainment. The company that I was working for began to have difficulties during the recession, so I thought that it was time for me to go out on my own. Taking the opportunity to start my own production management company seemed like the right thing to do.

What do you do on a typical day, and how do you manage to make it productive?

My days have been spent running the floor for various events as a stage manager. Right now, I am working on Kid Rock’s shows. I get up at 6:30 a.m. so that I can get to the venue before anyone else does. Then, I go over the schedule for the day, execute a walk-through, create a storage plan and write a list of things to do for the crew.

I want to be as productive as I can be, and I also want the crew to be just as productive. That means that I pay particular attention to the way that things are done before the show starts because that will determine how well things will go afterward. When the show is going on, I start to construct the actions that we need to break everything down so that I can give my staff members the directions that they need to do what they need to do after the show is over.

How do you make your ideas work?

I see what I want the set to look like in my mind an also hear the sound, and see the lighting. I know what is going to work and what isn’t going to work, and I use all of my past experiences to create a greater perspective. As my visions become reality, I am engaging in CAD design, and my practicality makes it possible for me to tie up all of the loose ends. Ultimately, I am the guy who is in charge of knowing the exact measurements of every door because all of the equipment has to fit into every venue.

Is there a trend that you are really excited about?

My industry is one that creates drama, so we have to give our clients an extravaganza. Therefore, the technological advances that pop up in the live music genre are really exciting to me. It’s a revolutionary industry. If you rest on your laurels for any amount of time, the industry will pass you by. The lights are humongous, and they are extremely powerful, but they don’t weigh as much as they used to weigh, so we can easily move them around.

Video is something that everyone wants to be involved with, but I think that it is time to move away from that. Even so, you have video on every tour, and the screens appear to be getting larger. Large video screens had their time, and I hope that their time is going to come to an end in the very near future. I hope that we can learn how to make the audience swoon by doing more than just projecting an image onto a screen. The artists who I think are the best have aerial stunts and acrobatics in their shows. Lady Gaga and Pink are two examples. I love seeing artists push the envelop for the sake of their artistry and self-expression.

Do you have a habit that encourages you to be productive as an entrepreneur?

I always work three steps ahead of myself and what is occurring right now. When I am traveling, I make a point of planning my entire day. This includes the most meaningless tasks all the way up to the most essential. If I do this, I am prepared when the crew members arrive, and I can efficiently delegate what needs to be done.

What would you tell your younger self?

I would tell myself to always be completely honest with myself and other people. Always keep family in front of everything. That would be a great kickoff!

Is there anything that you think everyone should believe but no one does?

Many people deal with others as if they were in human resources. They only see the value in working with someone who never ruffles any feathers. Even if that person isn’t the best at what he does. They reject a person who sticks his foot in his mouth sometimes but is capable of doing the job well. Those with a positive outlook on life aren’t always the most talented.

Besides, I think that you can train anyone to be talented. Someone who is talented also loves what he does and has the desire to be very good at it. This person has passion for the job. I have been around many people who were extremely enthusiastic. They smiled all the time, and they were very polite, but they weren’t very good at their jobs. I’d rather have an old curmudgeon who is competent rather than a Pollyanna with her head in the clouds.

Clay Hutson’s Background

Mr. Hutson attended Central Michigan University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Design and Technical Production. He graduated from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business with a Master of Business Administration. Clay has been a production manager for Getagrip Touring since 1999. He has also been the vice-president of production for Ronin Event Creative since 2001. He was the production manager for Prince and Jennifer Nettles and was the stage manager for Kanye West.

Clay Hutson has worked for Billy Graham’s traveling circuit as well as in other forms of entertainment, but rock and roll called his name, and he answered the call. Now, he dedicates himself entirely to being a producer and designer as well as the manager of several live tours. The time that he spent in the music industry led him to work with some of music’s biggest stars, including Kid Rock, Pink, Guns N’ Roses and Garbage.

Check out Hutson’s website

 

UPDATE: Clayton Hutson Manages Halsey’s 2018 World Tour

Hutson is managing Halsey’s “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” tour as she travels to arenas and amphitheaters around the globe. The talented pop star will perform in Brisbane, Buenos Aires, Montreal, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Singapore, Jakarta, London and several other cities.

Four female singers plan to join Halsey on her worldwide expedition. They include Lauren Jauregui, Kehlani, Niki and Jessie Reyez. Fans can hear Jauregui on Halsey’s newest CD. A different supporting vocalist will participate in the tour on each continent.

Promotion

Both Halsey and Hutson have wisely employed online social networks in their efforts to achieve greater success. Halsey became popular by posting songs on the internet and using social media to promote them. Twitter and Facebook members helped her by telling friends about the music.

Clay Hutson primarily uses LinkedIn and his website to attract clients and network with fellow professionals. He also benefits when artists enjoy successful concerts and inform fellow performers about the quality of his work. They often discuss the tour manager’s dedication, expertise and wide-ranging talents.

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  • Very inspiring article. I think anyone wanting to succeed can take many ideas from how he works and apply them for their own success. I like the fact that he talks about listening to people that are not always positive and learning something from it.

  • Clay Hutson is a production manager and live sound engineer. Services include show producer, rigging, stage management, monitor engineer, production design, production and logistics management. Clients are offered turn key solutions that are friendly to the budget and meet all event needs.

  • This was a really good interview .My favorite Producer .I think he tried too hard to be different.Man every single time I watch a new artist I feel like…These are my people when no one else understands me they do thank you to all you other producers/artists out there have a chill day!.I learned a lot from him. I wish him nothing but success.

  • Sounds like he would be a wonderful person to work with on any project. Very thoughtful and focused on the needs of the performer and the vision of the artist. That kind of quality is rare these days and should be more common considering the way the music industry is evolving.

  • Combination of mental sprite, industry and honesty make a man great. Hutson is the is the example of it. I am very proud to read about Hutson’s success. It teach me, how to develop your skill with your manner from zero. It is an excellent story of success. Really I am astonished for his success. The theme of the story can make a man succeed.

  • This is an inspirational post. I’ve always had an interest in music, but I’ve never had the gumption to get off my butt and work toward something. I love composing and playing, but work has just killed it for me in the past several years. I think the greatest thing that Clay does is plan his whole day. I’m going to start trying that and see if I can make something cool.

  • Caroline Kaugher March 23, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    What an interesting background! Billy Graham, Kid Rock, Guns & Roses… Pink! Prince! Kanye! That’s incredible. Almost makes me think we normal people can reach our own aspirations! (just kidding, I know we can.) Sounds like a great producer. Kudos. These artists are lucky to have you as their magician. Nope, not a typo. I know the producer culls the magic.

  • Wow, Clay Hutson seems like a great and dedicated producer. I will most definitely check out his work too. I hope i could achieve such a high level of education and dedication in doing what he is passionate about. Even if you’re not into music, you should take advice and follow Hutson’s level of hard work and passion.

  • working a Kid Rock show?? Nice man! That sounds so cool

  • It was really interesting learning learning about his background. I know for sure that Michigan is a fantastic school without a doubt!

  • This is a thorough man, planning, honest, enthusiastic, work with kids… We don’t have this kind of people who work from Dusk Till Dawn. He works with so many famous people, and this told us how many good is it in his kindness and business. He has own plan of work on paper, and this gives him no errors in his carrier.

  • Clay Huston
    I’ve heard of many successful producers, but I’ve never heard of Clay Huston until I read this interview about him. The one thing that I admire the most about Clay Huston interview is that He takes his artist’s thoughts and feelings into consideration. He also wants to ensure that the audience experiences something beautiful and unique in every performance. Clay was always planning ahead, organized and very determined.

  • Natasha Santiago March 25, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Very admirable. Clay Hutson has the mindset we all should have- thinking ahead with all possibilities in mind. I like how he’s worked through every role in his industry. I feel as though it should be a requirement for every industry out there to have their employees know everything related to the job. I agree on Pink & Lady Gaga being the best performers out there- I mean who can forget her Superbowl halftime performance!?

  • As an aspiring music producer this was a very insightful look at how the industry works – I really admire the way you truly work hard for your clients and I can’t imagine that every producer works as hard as you! I would love more interviews and articles to learn more!

  • I really enjoyed reading this article it was great to learn a little bit about this industry. I especially loved the bit about how inventive and artistic Lady Gaga and Pink’s shows are. I agree that its a lot easier to project and image onto a screen rather than orchestrate a huge live event!

  • It’s neat to learn about someone that’s made their own way in life. I really look up to people who have a passion for something like Clay Hutson. He’s made a living and a company out of his ability to visualize something amazing! What an inspiration to someone who is unsure of their creative future.

  • Jenifer Lapinski March 27, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    This is very informative and well described. It’s easy to understand all the points being made about Clay. He is a really great music producer. I have followed him for years and he is excellent at what he does. You will not be disappointed reading this article. Clay is so interesting that I would really like to meet him someday too. I enjoyed it a lot and will share what I learned with all my friends.

  • Great article on a cool music producer. I really think it’s interesting how he takes things like that artist’s thoughts and feelings into consideration, something that most producers would not even think about. On top of that, great advice about the dealing with people. It’s definitely important to have people on board who are obviously enthusiastic about what they’re doing, as with that as the foundation, anything can be taught.

  • Going to a live show is an experience everyone should have on their bucket list. Seeing the light, listening to the music and watching an artist perform a show is riveting. Trends leading to more stunts and personal art expressions is going to heighten the experience. I can’t wait to see Clay Hutson’s future sets.

  • Stage Apprentice April 1, 2018 at 4:35 am

    Clay is very forward thinking! That you Keep track of technological innovation to incorporate into stage design is refreshing to hear. I am sure the shows will become more magnificent as time goes by. Keep up the good work. Kid Rock is lucky to have you.

  • The artist Clay Hutson has been involved with music since he was a child, and after many years of hard work and dedication was able to turn his sublime passion into a great career. Working with numerous high profile articles such as Pink, Guns N’ Roses, Garbage, and Kelly Clarkson, Clay has carved out a name for himself in the music industry for design, engineering, and production

  • I have read your whole post.I am quite Impressed.Because you are just amazing.I am your fan.You are like my boss.

  • You are an inspiration. For those wanting to enter this field, you have been an example of how to treat the staff and be professional. Being organized and one step ahead of what is needed is essential to make any project go smoothly no matter the field or occupation. Thanks for sharing!

  • He is really a fantastic music producer. His dedication and intelligence in the path is worthy of some accolade. What I really like about him is his honesty, will and efficiency of his work. He has created a name for himself in the industry and long may that continue. I have followed is career very closely and I can say he is super.

  • Using his experience to build his career is genius! I love that he can appreciate his time. All small/big task can affect his team. Mr. Hutson is a great roll model in the entertainment industry. I can relate to him in so many ways. He’s the kind of person I would bring up to my class regarding confidence and strength.

  • Clay sounds like a guy who is dedicated to their job, and has found a passion doing it. I hope one day I can do the same. I like how he has a interesting view about video screens. I hope he helps these artists push to greater heights through what he does.

  • He is very fantastic music producer. I really love him honesty. I want to do the same . Because, he is the one of honest people.

  • This is a very impressive example of what hard work and dedication can do. Not only did Clay become a master in his art and passion in music, he also turned it into his business. They say “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Well Done Clay!!

  • It is very interesting that you would use CAD for stage show design. I imagine that would allow you to actually see the entire stage in 3D and develop ways to make the experience more dramatic and interactive for the audience. I hope to see the realization of what you dream up for artists in many shows to come. Please keep us updated on your work and coming shows you are working on.

  • This is truly inspiring and gives me hope that I one day will love what I do. It is also interesting to look at his work ethic and it is clear that he has a lot of drive. He is doing what everyone wants to do, which is turning dreams into a reality. I respect this immensely and one day hope to do the same thing.

  • Very impressive resume, and I agree with Clay that shows are more entertaining and memorable when artists push themselves, instead of simply relying on the visuals behind them.

  • Wow!! What a story. As i was reading I was thinking that You put in so much passion to what you do. This Is really an inspiration to get motivated to do what you really love.

  • He has used his experience very well. Love to see these kind of people on this planet. He is a very great music producer. He worked hard to achieve this. I wanna be someday like him. I have followed him for years and he is excellent at what he does. Clay Huston ,god bless you, I really Enjoyed reading this article.

  • IT IS ALWAYS REFERESHING TO HEAR ABOUT AN ARTIST – WHICH COME IN THIS FIELD- THAT ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO. ALOT OF PEOPLE WHEN THEY GO TO SHOWS DONT UNDERSTAND THE AMOUNT OF HARD WORK GOES ON BEHIND THE SCENES.. THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE THAT AMAZING SHOW COME TOGETHER VISUALLY AND AUDITORIALLY ENTERTAINING AND CAPTIVATING. I DO AGREE ABOUT THE VIDEO ASPECT OF THAT BUT I KNOW THAT ALOT OF ARTISTS USE LARGE VIDEO SCREENS SO THAT WHETHER YOU ARE IN THE NOSEBLEED OR FRONT ROW YOU CAN GET SOMEHWAT OF THE SAME EXPERIENCE. I RESPECT THIS ARTIST VERY MUCH SO.

  • He is a great music producer ever. His dedication inspire me a lot about music.

  • I think it’s amazing that Clay has been exposed to several different genres of music, which I’m sure is creatively beneficial as a stage manager, producer, etc. His dedication to offering an amazing show is inspirational.

  • I think it’s amazing that Clay has been exposed to several different genres of music, which I’m sure is creatively beneficial as a stage manager, producer, etc. His dedication to offering an amazing show is inspirational. Hopefully this will inspire those who may share a space in his industry to exceed the experiences that event attendees may expect.

  • He is really a fantastic music producer. His dedication and intelligence in the path is worthy of some accolade. What I really like about him is his honesty, will and efficiency of his work. He has created a name for himself in the industry and long may that continue. I have followed is career very closely and I can say he is super.You are the superb…

  • Amazing article which is based Mr. Huston’s interview.Mr Huston ,he is very educated and a successful Manager.I admire him a lot.From him,there are many think to learn.He is a star of Music Industry.I have learned a lot from this interview.Mr. Huston is a kind person.He know ho to establish his business.He is Great person.Thanks for sharing many information.

  • Central Michigan University graduate and University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business graduate Clay Hutson lived a very impressive life. A very impressive music producer. Mr. Hutson lived the dream working with the likes of Pink, Guns N’ Roses, Garbage, and Kelly Clarkson very impressive list of talented musicians. I have not heard of Clay Hutson before this article but after reading this article I am not a fan!

  • This is a great article describing Clay Hutson’s background and foundation. He prides him self on his love for production and knowing the ends and outs of everything that might occur during the show. It is also very important for him to think of other possibilities that may occur by chance. Clay seems to be very impressed by artists that elevate their talents to new levels by learning new crafts such as acrobats or anything else that would be considered a wow factor. He also believes that talent can be taught but people who genuinely love their jobs will naturally excel.

  • What a great and interesting read about Clay Hutson! I am always so excited to find out more about Clay as a person and as a music producer! I love his dedication to music and to what he does! This really makes him an even better producer than other in his field of work and study. I love that he has found a passion in what he does and is happy doing it. Hopfully one day we can all be as lucky! Its a great idea to use his experience to build his career and That makes him super better at what he does as well. Clay sounds like a great person both at and outside of work. Until recently, I hadent heard the name Clay Hudson but now that I have Im glad I came across him and his work and couldnt be happier with what ive found. Hopfully on eday he will be able to become a better known artist and producer as I think everyone could benifit from hering the music hes put out and just by reading his story to complete their own goals in life. Thank you Clay for being not only an insperation to me but Im sure to many other individuals as well! You rock!

  • Hi i love to do music and music producing. He is really a fantastic music producer and he is a great roll model in the entertainment industry.He has created a name for himself In current music industrie and he help other new artiest to go high level.I am quite Impressed.Because you are just amazing.I am your fan. im trying to feature with you.

  • I love his comment on handling people and accepting the best for what they know, not how they act. While i’m not a huge fan of drama in the workplace, sometimes we all just need to accept each other for who we are and do the job(s) we are paid to perform instead of worrying about what is being said or hurting someone’s feelings.

  • Clay Hutson is a unique person in the music industry. He is careful to make something beautiful. He made a good decision to go it on his own. He would be a very good and talented person to work with. He has a good future ahead. I wish him much success!

  • AnnaMaria Bliven April 23, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    I agree with Clay the time for video has passed. I personally think that at times video distracts from the artistry of the music being produced. It is quite impressive that Clay got to work with Pink, Kid Rock and Billy Graham……and it is very inspirational to read about his journey in the music industry.

  • Clay is really inspiring! I would never be able to wake up at 6:30 AM every day. Not only does Clay do that, but he keeps a positive outlook on life. To me that is just so admirable and I aspire to be more positive like him. He seems like such a great and talented guy, so no wonder Kid Rock and Guns N Roses wanted to work with him!

  • Clay seems like a guy who definitely enjoys what he does for a living, and as an added bonus, he practically gets to listen to Kid Rock all day, and that could be payment enough. It also seems that he plans his day out ahead of time, which I find to be becoming rarer and rarer these days, which is something I definitely commend Clay for doing.

  • I can’t help introducing Mr.Clay Hutson as one of the greatest Philosophers, and one who seems to have the ability to fill hidden gaps in common human life. The most wonderful thing I could note is that each and every word of his speech looks like a healing song. Once, or if, the world has started to think this way, there will be nothing impossible.

  • I love composing and playing, but work has just killed it for me in the past several years. I like how he has a interesting view about video screens. I hope he helps these artists push to greater heights through what he does.Working with numerous high profile articles such as Pink, Guns N’ Roses, Garbage, and Kelly Clarkson, Clay has carved out a name for himself in the music industry for design, engineering, and production. Trends leading to more stunts and personal art expressions is going to heighten the experience. I can’t wait to see Clay Hutson’s future sets.

  • He’d be a great teacher if he ever became. Coming across this post had made me even more motivated to finish school. With Clay working hard ever since he was a child has only shown me that hard work does pay off.

  • This seems like such a difficult but rewarding industry to work in. But it definitely isn’t for me. I tip my hat off to Clay Hutson for being able to run a successful business that helps brings great shows and music to the public. I definitely have to agree with him about the giant screen fad in music. When I go to a show, I want to see cool lighting and special effects and arial stunts. If I wanted to stare at a giant screen, I’d go to a movie theater or stay home and watch TV. That’s one trend I wouldn’t miss.

  • This was a very interesting article that I stumbled upon . Clay sounds like a very interesting well rounded dude . He’s very dedicated to his work and from what I read here it seems that he’s excellent at what he does .He could be a great role model to many individuals because of his great attitude and work ethic.

  • It probably would be an interesting career joining a band and traveling around the country and doing concerts. I have some friends from church who are involved in bands and do music for a living (such as playing in churches, saloons, etc). Was in a school band myself when I was younger (4th grade to 9th grade).

  • He is really a great music producer. I like how he has a interesting view about video screens. I hope he helps these artists push to greater heights through what he does.He has created a name for himself in the industry and long may that continue.I am sure the shows will become more magnificent as time goes by. Keep up the good work.I am quite Impressed.Because you are just amazing.I am your fan.You are like my boss. thank you.

  • As a music major in college, it is really interesting to see what a music producer does on a daily basis and what inspired him. I think many of his suggestions are applicable to other careers and aspects of life as well. I hope that I can make a living out of something I love doing one day.

  • Wow, what an awesome story you have, Mr. Hutson! It’s always inspiring and motivating to read such article like this. It gives you positive outlook in life, and hope for yourself that one day whatever your goals or dreams in life would also be materialized. You have an amazing life, Sir Clay. Glad to read this article.

  • i enjoyed reading this. i am a music and and was always interested in the way the elaborate shows are put together and taken down. while the artist is why we are they, the many people behind the scenes that we don’t see are the reason the show looks so good and runs so smoothly. it was an eye opener to see the many hours that it takes to put together just one show and that can change from venue to venue. these people are dedicated to what they do and i appreciate the work they do so that the show that must go on, goes on in style.

  • It’s just amazing how, you apply yourself, and gradually, you move up in life — regardless of the industry you are in. It is both astounding and encouraging to read the truths behind a piece like this one, and there is no doubt that good things happen to people who are committed. Praise God.

  • Wow – he has worked with a lot of celebrities! Prince, Kanye West, Kid Rock, and the list goes on…how exciting! It’s really interesting how he already completely envisions how he wants the set to look beforehand – it seems that visualization can really help with tasks like that. Very inspiring article…great read!

  • I came here for an assignment & ended up being extremely interested in the article & in Clay Hutson’s story. I don’t think most people watching live music events realize what it takes to make the music sound like something other than cacophony! This is something my brother does on a much smaller scale, but it’s a passion of his, he’s REALLY good at it & I’d love to see him have the same success as Mr. Hutson.
    The artists that he’s mentioned tell me that he’s not burrowed himself into a niche. I would think that you want your producer to have as wide a range as possible so that your own music sounds better for his involvement. This is most definitely an article I’ll be bookmarking & sharing. Thank you so much for a wonderful reading experience!

  • As soon as I read he was the production manager for Prince, gave me the strong impression that this guy is a genuine artist who has found his calling. I can see this guy continuing to rise because he understand the industry is always advancing and he seems to have a true appreciate for all forms of art. Definitely going to keep an eye out this his name in any performances in the future. Thanks for the article, quite inspiring!

  • Thisisan appealing post. I really enjoyed reading this article it was great to learn a little bit about this industry.He is really a great music producer. it is very inspirational to read about his journey in the music industry.

  • Oh man, this is such a cool job! I used to have a friend who was a music producer, but you make it sound so much more exciting! I also love big, extravagant and exciting shows, so I’m glad to see that those are fashionable. I love Halsey and Kehlani, hopefully I’ll be able to catch you doing their show!

  • I just stumbled upon this article, and man, It kind of inspires me more to pick up music production and composition again. It’s a lot more fun than a basic 9-5 desk or office job. Working with people like Mr. Hutson when it comes to shows, giving fans something to look up to and influencing them to have better lives, or feeling like they have a place to belong in this world is more interesting to me than said 9-5 job. Keep doing what you’re doing man, you’re helping people have fun and feel like they belong in this world.

  • He seems like a guy who loves his craft. Somebody who has passion for their work is what makes a live show so entertaining. I like what he said about taking the live entertainment scene in a different direction with regards to live video shooting. I wish my band could be able to work with someone that talented haha.

  • Matthew Cahill May 1, 2018 at 3:09 am

    Thank you for that inspiring history. Regardless of a person’s chosen path, passion seems to be the key ingredient for success, and Mr. Hutson has plenty of both. To master the technical aspects of sound and lighting is in itself an amazing achievement, but to harness those skills and develop his own company, working with some of the biggest names in popular music, is truly inspiring. I know a bit about Shannon and a close friend of hers back in Moorhead, MN! Awesome woman.

  • I’ve heard of many successful producers, but I’ve never heard of Clay Huston until I read this interview about him. Wow, what an awesome story you have, Mr. Hutson! It’s always inspiring and motivating to read such article like this. It gives you positive outlook in life, and hope for yourself that one day whatever your goals or dreams in life would also be materialized. He is really a great music producer. I like how he has a interesting view about video screens. I hope he helps these artists push to greater heights through what he does.He has created a name for himself in the industry and long may that continue.I am sure the shows will become more magnificent as time goes by. Keep up the good work.I am quite Impressed.Because you are just amazing

  • Clay Hutson is amazing!
    This article as very informative I did not know the things I learned today about clay. He is a very talented person who has done quite a lot in the music industry. His educational back ground as well as being on the road traveling and the sets is just amazing!

  • Caroline Poston May 1, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Clay Hutson seems like an extremely awesome guy to work with. I love the way he looks at work, and I think everyone should look at work in that perspective. The way he looks at work has made him very productive and good at what he does. I think we should all look at work the way Clay looks at it.

  • Seems like an extremely productive guy. I have some experience as a stage manager myself and know how much time and organization it takes for everything to run smoothly. If I felt stressed out then I can’t imagine what this guy is thinking putting on big shows like that. That’s truly pretty neat. Kudos to this guy.

  • Clay Hutson is a production manager and live sound engineer. Services include show producer, rigging, stage management, monitor engineer, production design, production and logistics management. Clients are offered turn key solutions that are friendly to the budget and meet all event needs…

  • You seem like a great guy to work with. Your might not seem like it’s hard, but it really is. You look at things in a very creative way, I wish I could think like that! All of the skills needed for this are insane, and you should be proud that you can do this job. I also attended college in Michigan, and they really do teach well, as you can see! Keep up the great work!

  • What a truly amazing man. It’s not every day that you find someone willing to put in this amount of work to ensure that consumers go through the absolute best thing they have experienced. I work in the fast-food industry, and the number one priority at my place of employment is to make the customers happy. It warms my heart to know that someone out there is willing to put in hours upon hours just to better the experience of those attending the shows he helps produce. Well done.

  • I think that it is really cool that he was able to start up his own company doing what he wants even during the recession. It is super amazing that he is able to work with starts such as Hasley and Pink. He’s a real inspiration for me since he was able to accomplish his goals despite hardship. I think that his comment about video passing is both wrong and right. I think that the way we traditionally use video is old but if we were able to combine it with new technology like holograms , it would be great.

  • Interesting man and occupation. He gets paid to meet celebrities behind the scenes that most people would gladly pay the celebrity for. I particularly like his attitude about who the best people are to work with and it isn’t always the person with a permanent smile.

    I also found interesting his comments about the equipment currently in use and that he would like to see the giant screens go away because I feel the same way. If I wanted to watch someone perform on a screen, I’d stay home and watch it on my computer or television. I think it takes away from the live-ness of a live event.

    Thanks for the interview.

  • This article is really awesome. Mr. Hutson is one of the great roll model in the entertainment industry. it is very inspirational to read about his journey in the music industry. I actually read his articles as much I can. His life history is really very interesting. He is like a guy who loves his craft which I love most. Anyways, Thanks for this awesome article.

  • This is an awesome interview. Great to see that Clay is pursuing his passion in life. Not easy to do in today’s economy but Clay is killing it!!!

  • Great post your dreams can come true if you have that vision and work hard towards that vision. I had no idea that he has worked with Prince and Pink, Gun and Rose and Kid Rock and even the late billy graham. He seems like an awesome guy to work with. I admire people with work from sun up to sun down that says a lot about that person.

  • This is a man that makes the concerts that we go to look amazing. The music can be fabulous, but without the hard work of Clay, the experience wouldn’t be quite as extraordinary. I applaud him and wish for him to continue making every band and musician he works with to find him to be a great worker and will refer him to other bands and musicians that they are friends with so that his career can continue on into the unforeseeable future.

  • He is very good with being unique and taking an involved approach in his work. The amount of varied experience in the field is a very valuable asset. He seems to be especially involved in the events and his employees, which is a great way to better ensure that quality is achieved. He’s a forward thinking member of the music community.

  • Clay Hudson is the pure image of the enprendedor in its general form.
    I really liked your decision to create and manage your own production company. There is no doubt that with all these experiences with different actors, his name will be increasingly recognized in the media.
    I wish you many successes Clay.

  • Clay Hutson reminds me of what we were all taught we could be. He has taken the time to go to school and continue to be educated about a task that he loves and has found a way to make an exciting career out of it. It just goes to show you that the American dream is still real and that if a person can dream big and put some walking with their talking they too can have a fulfilling career just as Clay has.

  • Herbert Stevens May 9, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Clay Hutson definitely seems like a great mind in the music industry. He has some much experience, having worked with legendary musicians and is even able to transfer that knowledge to the modern music era with artists like Halsey, fully aware of how a strong social media presence can be powerful for today’s artist.

  • Clay Huston has always been a great music producer and he has shown this as the years have went by. He knows the music industry inside and out, has a solid education, and thrives to be the best in this industry. This is a great interview with him and let’s Clay Huston fans know a little more about him, and all of the stuff he has accomplished in his years of being involved in the music industry, which is absolutely awesome.

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