Clay Hutson: The Man Behind the Curtain

He’s been at many of the best concerts of the past twenty years. Behind the scenes, he twists knobs and levers and literally pulls the strings. Clay Hutson, sound engineer and music producer has worked at the concerts of everyone from Garbage to Kid Rock. Hutson has recently struck out with his own company to manage, produce, and design the entire concert experience. He recently sat down with interviewers from thebrotalk.com to discuss his successes and some of his brightest ideas.

 

Establishing a World-Class Reputation

Reputation management has always been important Clay Hutson, and it hasn’t let him down. A large percentage of his jobs come from repeat business or referrals. These are some of his strategies:

 

  • Be confident in your skills- Hutson credits his vast work experience with giving him the confidence to start his own company.

 

  • Keep an eye on realities- When planning large, complicated sets and stunts, it’s easy to lose sight of simple practicalities like the sizes of the entrances. Keeping an eye on these things will ensure that a creative, but ultimately flawed, plan doesn’t sink an entire show.

 

  • Be willing to work long and hard- This is pretty self-explanatory. When clients see a contractor going the extra mile, they are likely to want to work with that company again and tell their colleagues about their services.

 

  • Check and Recheck- A single major flaw can compromise the safety of the performers and audience, as well as undo all the good that hard work and long hours have accomplished.

 

  • Plan Thoroughly- Clay Hutson described himself sitting in a plane, on the way to a show, making sure that every element of the concert was covered, and every employee’s skills were used to advantage. This kind of planning has kept him successful throughout his career.

How To Put On A Good Show

 

During his interview, Hutson mentioned some ideas he had to make a concert special. He is aware of the latest technologies but added that sometimes the best shows are created when the artists are willing to put some of their own creativity into them.

Finally, he talked about appreciating natural talent rather than a teachable attitude. While attitude is essential, he says there is a level of skill that simply cannot be taught, and workers with that skill should be given some leeway. Learn more: https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/clayton-hutson_148330893

 

For more of this exciting and informative interview, check out The Bro Talk’s website, here.