Clayton Hutson.

Clayton Hutson is a celebrated live sound engineer. He is also a tour production manager who has opened his own business. His business provides services to music artists and event organizers. He has immense experience in fields such as production designs, show producer monitor engineer, rigging logistics, and stage management. Hutson has been involved in music since he was a child through years of perseverance, constant hard work, and determination. He has fashioned his passion into a successful career.

Hutson has 25 years of experience in the of live sound experience. He has worked with legends like Kelly Clarkson, pink, Garbage N Roses, and Kidrock. He has also managed tours for award-winning Grammy artist. Clayton enrolled in university and pursued a degree in theatre and design. He was employed at companies in the live music industry where he perfected his skills as a sound engineer and production designer.

Clayton Hutson has been a great enthusiast of the DiGiCos products and admits to having had used every single of their products which include the SD7 at last year’s Maxwell’s tour and the SD8 at several of his functions. The SD11 console mixing system has however captivated his interest and revolutionized his work because it is easily portable, a rack-mountable console which offers DiGiCos features and functionality in a compact footprint.

Clayton has also embraced the VER rigging project of One republic civic world which was invented due to necessity by Zito. It is an automated system of Kinsey’s Elevation T1 systems to safely and precisely move trusses with 70000 pounds of lighting under an LED ride panels. The system eliminates the requirement for large quantities of cabling which allows several motors and controllers to be supported by single power and data cables. Clay observe that the automation is critical in revealing the spots LED in between sets.

Clayton revealed his path to success in an interview. He decided that he would start his own business after he felt confident that he had attained the skillset required to create and run a music business. To actualize an idea into reality, he develops new audio, set designs or illumination concepts. Clayton pays close attention to the dimensions to attract clients. He pays attention to the details and works hard for long hours to perfect his services to his clients which in return earns him a good reputation among performers. Huston’s secret to success is serious planning and scrutinizing of his work to avoid mistakes, which enhances productivity and efficiency. Learn more:

Clayton Hutson’s work experience in the live music industry

Clayton Hutson has built an unbelievable, almost far-fetched, resume. He’s worked with people as dissimilar as Billy Graham and Marylin Manson; Kelly Clarkson and Alice in Chains; Guns N’ Roses and Backstreet Boys. The list goes on and on. He studied Theatre Design and Production in college and then obtained a MBA in the Univeristy of Michigan. Then he ventured in corporate entertainment and had a long stint with the best-known contemporary evangelical preacher Billy Graham before giving a shot to making a career of his one true passion: he was given the opportunity to go on tour with eccentric -to say the least- rockstar, Marylin Manson. He went on tour for three years with Manson and never looked back. Today he is one of the mainstays of the live musical production industry. He went on to work as production manager of Guns N’Roses Appetite for Democracy Tour (2014) and P!NK’s I’m Not Dead Tour (2007), he even appears listed in both tours DVD’s (the former recorded in Las Vegas and the latter in Wembley) as sound mixer. He served in the same capacity in Garbage’s Bleed Like Me World Tour (2005) and currently for Kid Rock and pop music sensation, Halsey.


What allows him to excel at such highly stressful and demanding work is his ability to be flexible. He’s a jack of all trades. As a sound engineer he has to be agile enough to work on the go without forgetting to create a perfect stage and venture setting for every show consistently. For that he needs a falcon eye and deep knowledge of every technical aspect of show’s production. This has taken him to work with incredible artists -aside for the ones already mentioned- such as New Kids on the Block, Staind, Jennifer Nettles, OneRepublic and he even produced one of the highest grossing tours of all-time: Kayne West’s Yeezus tour. Who could’ve thought a guy from a small Michigan town who studied Theater Design and started working as production manager for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Minneapolis would end up being one of the biggest minds in the live music industry? Learn more: