Clayton Hutson is yet another example of success in the music industry that was boosted in the roots of Nashville, Tennessee. Clay’s story is just a little bit different, though. This music lover established himself in the industry through his passion of audio engineering, management, and production.
Hutson received one of his early breaks traveling with the band Garbage in a world tour in 2005 called “Bleed Like Me,” as the band’s monitor engineer. He has similarly begun his own company specifically directed to the production of concerts, where he and his staff design the overall look and feel of the concert, along with managing and producing them. Hutson explains how each of his previous jobs were stepping stones to developing the necessary skills to bring him to where he is today, the owner of his own firm.
Clayton believes in the importance of hard work. In fact, he rarely begins a day after 7 a.m. In his recent work as a stage manager for the household name Kid Rock, Hutson is most often the first one on the scene of any of the musician’s venues. A typical work day on a job such as this begins with Clay exploring the venue building before some alone time spent reviewing the schedule for the day, along with the tasks that must be completed. The next step is tackling storage issues for the many pieces of equipment needed for such a high-caliber performance.
During the concert, you won’t see Clay or his staff simply enjoying the show. The musician’s gear and the decorations for the show are set up in such a way that they can be easily packed up after the performance. While the concert is taking place, staff is already preparing for the moves they’ll be making when the show is over. Efficiency is key, as Clay directs each member of his crew to what they will be doing the second the musical performance ends.
As Clayton Hutson has stated before, genuine talent is truly developed when a person is passionate about his or her career. It’s easy to see how a diehard belief in this notion has led to great success for this individual.