Music producer and stage manager, Clay Hutson, prides himself on his mindfulness of all aspects of his industry. He works alongside the lighting, sound, and related equipment riggers. His duties range from ensuring equipment will fit through doorways at a venue to choreographing the production of a performer’s acrobatic stunts. Hudson builds substantive relationships with the artists he works with, noting that talented people are not always the most personable.
In a May 2018 interview, Clay Hutson speaks on how he decided to start his company and how he makes it work. Originally, his thoughts were not on starting his own company but on building skills and dedicating himself to his various employers. However, when the organization he worked for began to struggle, he decided he had the skills, experience, and connections to become a successful production manager. He states that he owes his success to carefully planning each day and always thinking ahead.
Although he enjoys producing extravagant shows with technological props, Clay Hutson reveals he prefers to showcase the self-expression and theatrics of his performers. He speaks of his ability to envision each aspect of a show, of hearing the sound and seeing the lights. Hutson uses computer-aided drafting design to bring his visions to reality.
The music industry is fierce and fast-moving, yet with his multitude of skills and powerful connections, Clay Hutson is flourishing. He works with artists from several music genres, handling clients such as Kanye West, Guns N’ Roses, and Lady Gaga. For the second time, Hutson acted as production manager for Kid Rock’s tour from August through October 2018. His work ethic calls for always putting forth a best effort and in assembling teams that reflect that belief.
Born in Tennessee, Clay Hutson has always been a music lover. One of his first forays into the production industry was as a member of pastor Billy Graham’s sound team. He changed his focus to musical performers out of passion and has since traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with some of the industry’s biggest names.