September 18, 2018 · Career, Entertainment, Entrepreneur, Music, Tour

Clayton Hutson is an entrepreneur in the music industry. He runs a company which helps musicians operate their tours. He has been a tour manager, sound engineer, project manager, gaffer, and more. He built up his skillset working for other businesses before launching his own live entertainment production company in 2008.

He started out working on Billy Graham’s national tours as well as corporate entertainment events. After doing this job for quite a while he was able to break into rock’n’roll which is what Clayton Hutson had always dreamed of. He has now worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry like Kid Rock, Guns’n’Roses, Garbage, and Pink.

He says that a number of his recent gigs have consisted of him filling stage management roles. In this position, he manages the events from the beginning until the end. He is currently on a Kid Rock tour which means that he needs to start each day at 6:30 in the morning. Clayton Hutson says he is the first person to arrive at the concert venue. He starts out by reviewing the day’s schedule and then doing a complete walk-through. His next step is to create a storage plan followed up by figuring out his crew’s to-do list for the day.

One key to efficiency is determining how setting up a concert will affect getting things cleaned up afterward. He says that while the concert is in progress he is already hard at work determining what steps need to be taken to break all of the equipment down and getting it stowed away in trucks. He starts letting everyone on the crew know what they are responsible for so that as soon as the curtain closes they can get to work.

Clayton Hutson says that the rock’n’roll industry is one that is a spectacle. Wowing his clients and the audience is what his job is all about. He keeps up on all of the technological advances in the industry because he enjoys doing so and because if he doesn’t he’ll quickly become obsolete. One thing he is pretty much over, though, is giant video walls. He says focusing on video is part of every tour but it’s really played out. He enjoys artists like Lady Gaga who have moved beyond that and instead have acrobatics, aerial stunts, and other more fresh things as part of their tours.

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