The primary concern for Clay Hutson when he produces music for the audience is that they walk away after the concert with pleasing memories and that the show gives them beauty and satisfaction. At the forefront of his imagination and thought is the interest of the artist he serves. If they are not happy he doesn’t feel he is doing his job right. Clay Hutson started off in the humble beginnings at Central Michigan University. IT was there he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. While attending the Mount Pleasant, Michigan University, Clay concentrated on Theatre Design and Technical Production. Later he attended Michigan State in Ann Arbor and completed a Masters in Business Administration at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Clay Hutson toured for a while until he landed being production manager for Prince and Jennifer Nettles. Kayne West invited him to be his stage manager shortly after 2001.
Whenever he works with a client, whether Jennifer Nettles, Prince or Kid Rock, first he touches base with the artist to get inside their head and make sure he is on the same page as they are and he understands what they expect as far as sound production. Next, he sits down as begins the process of making an extensive “to do” list for him and his crew. Clay Hutson takes into consideration every aspect of the production: pre-show, show, and post-show. It’s one thing, but seeing it in smaller parts helps he and his crew take in all the details that have to be considered.
After planning for his clients, Clay Hutson finds it a challenge to keep up with the evolving changes that are taking place on the technological side of stage and sound production. Today, artists are always looking for the latest things to give their fans and audience that extra special thing and that is usually large video production, lighting and the ability to help the crowd get in touch with the unique sound they are proud to give.
At the end of the day what keeps Clay Hutson ahead of his own game is trying to keep “three steps” ahead of himself. Be prepared is a good motto! Learn more: http://www.prosoundweb.com/article/digicos_inaugural_sd11_makes_world_debut_on_tour_with_staind_frontman_aaron/