Clayton Hutson is a dynamic professional in the music business. He owns his own live entertainment production company through which he works to help rock musicians on their tours. He has experience as a tour manager, sound engineer, and stage manager. He says he has gotten far in the industry by always respecting the artist’s experience, a willingness to put in hard work and long hours, and paying keen attention to every detail.
He started to get experience while he was still in college learning theatre design. Before starting to work in the rock industry, which was his goal, he put in time working on the evangelist Billy Graham’s traveling outfit. Some of the big names that Clayton Hutson has provided his services to include Garbage, Kid Rock, Guns N’ Roses, and Pink.
Before starting his own company Clayton Hutson put in time working for other people’s companies in the music business. Over time he perfected the skills that enable him to manage all of the myriad aspects that go into putting on a live performance. He says that the company he was working for when the 2008-2009 recession hit took a massive toll. It was at that point that he decided the time was right to get his own company up and running.
Many of the tours Clayton Hutson has been working Clayton Hutson has been working on recently involve him being in a stage management role. This means running the floor for events throughout the entire process. His current client is Kid Rock and on this tour, his day needs to start at 6:30 in the morning. He is the very first person to arrive at the venue a concert will be held at. He does a walkthrough, figures out a storage plan, and puts together a to-do list for himself and his crew.
Over the course of his career, he has figured out what works and doesn’t work when it comes to issues such as sound, lighting, and set design. He’s become an expert at CAD design and getting exact measurements of things because it would be a huge problem if the equipment couldn’t get through the main entryway.