After being captivated by music for many years as well as having learned a great deal as a stage manager, producer, sound engineer and production manager, Clayton Hutson set about launching his own production management company.
Some of the artists he has worked with include Pink, Guns N’ Roses, Kelly Clarkson, Kid Rock and more. He is currently a producer, designer and manager of a number of live tours, most of which involve rock music.
Hutson spoke about how he was fortunate to learn valuable lessons from each position he held and how those lessons and the skills he also learned have shaped his approach to his business. He also pointed out the effect of the timing of the last recession on his employer helped him determine the time was right for him to start his own company.
The company makes available production design and management services, logistics and stage management services, rigging and more.
On a typical day for Hutson he gets an early start by arriving at the site before anyone else. He takes a look at the day’s schedule, carries out a walk-through, establishes a storage plan and compiles a list of things for the crew to perform.
During the show, Hutson works out what directions and details he will be giving his staff for when the show is over. Taking care of all the details helps him with his work throughout the day and delegate what needs to be completed.
What’s more, he envisions what each set will look like in his mind and at the same time he hears the sounds and sees the lighting he requires for his vision.
Advances in technology have been a significant ingredient and exciting for Hutson as well. Lights and video have made a huge impact on the industry and according to Hutson the industry has also benefitted from performers such as Lady Gaga and Pink and their aerial stunts during their shows.
Hutson graduated with a BA degree in theatre design and technical production from Central Michigan University and went on to receive a Master of Business Administration from Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
His career took in work with TV evangelist Billy Graham, production manager for Getagrip Touring, stage manager for Kanye West, vice president of production for Ronin Event Creative and the production manager for Prince and Jennifer Nettles. Learn more: https://www.discogs.com/artist/4165463-Clay-Hutson