Clay Hutson: Sound Engineer and Visionary Tour Producer

Clay Hutson, legendary sound designer, tour producer, and native of Nashville, Tennessee, is an incredibly hardworking individual who assembles one showstopping production after another. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in theater design from Central Michigan University, along with a Master’s degree in business administration from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. His skill as a project manager became apparent when he traveled widely with Billy Graham’s sound team. However, he always felt a pull towards the music industry, specifically the rock ‘n’ roll genre.

When the company Hutson was working for encountered difficulties during the recession, he felt compelled to start his own production management company, using his years of experience in the industry alongside his knowledge of business administration. He travelled with a band called Garbage, visiting North America, Europe, and Australia, and designs, manages, and produces concerts for many other musicians (Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Kid Rock, Guns ‘n’ Roses, and Halsey, to name a few).

Hutson spends most days working as a stage manager on whatever his current tour may be. Pre-show, he is the first to arrive at the venue and is immediately hard at work, reviewing the day’s schedule and ensuring everything is running smoothly. During the show, Hutson begins a plan for the post-show take-down, making sure he has accurate instructions for staff, so the entire process moves as quickly and effortlessly as possible. He is responsible for knowing both the vision of the artist and the details of the production and making sure they work together, using his vast experience to gain perspective.

He makes a point to be several steps ahead of himself in the planning process, writing out schedules for entire days including everything from the most mundane detail to the most show-stopping performance. Productively delegating every task, he prides himself in quality, efficient stage managing.

Planning productions that keep up with the rapidly advancing industry is a challenging task, but Hutson keeps stride without a glance back. He has expressed hope that performers will move away from large screens and the use of videos in their shows, favoring aerial stunts and daring acrobatics instead (such as in the shows of Lady Gaga and Pink).

Unlike many sound designers and producers in the music industry, Hutson possesses a compelling vision and, whilst taking his clients’ thoughts, feelings, and ideas into consideration, ensures an unforgettable and showstopping performance. Learn more:

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