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:

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