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CLAYTON HUTSON IS BECOMING THE GO-TO PRODUCTION MANAGER FOR TODAY’S MUSICIANS (UPDATE)

WORKING TO STRENGTHEN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

Clayton Hutson is making his presence felt in today’s music industry. Although especially passionate about music from the rock genre, Clayton has worked with musicians and live entertainers from many different backgrounds over the years. Holding positions ranging from sound engineer to production manager, he has worked on tours for big names like Halsey, Kelly Clarkson, and Guns N’ Roses, as well as for large corporate companies and events.

Recently Clayton sat down with Blogwepdia to share some insight into what has made him successful. He stated that he believes his success are in large part because of his attention to detail; Clayton knows exactly how he envisions the delivery of any event long before he gets to the venue. He also feels that another key to success is to surround himself with a team that he can trust, allowing the delegation of responsibility to his crew and reserving his focus for the most important tasks.

Hutson has had a passion for music from a young age, which led him to the career he has today. A graduate of Central Michigan University, where he earned a degree in Theatre Design and Technical Production, Clayton also worked as many events as he could throughout his years in school, getting involved by setting up equipment, driving equipment trucks, handling lighting, and performing audio duties. Since that time, Clayton has worked solidly in the music and events industry for nearly twenty years, primarily as an independent contractor. Currently Clayton is the head rigger for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Soul2Soul” tour; the tour is making stops all across the United States and Canada, in addition to a few key appearances in the United Kingdom.

FACING TOUR CHALLENGES

Ravi Mandalia of The Reporter Expert recently credited Clayton Hutson with being a major contributor the to the success of Kid Rock’s 2018 The American Tour, shedding some light on the background and the obstacles that Clayton Hutson faced as Kid Rock’s Stage Manager. Clayton credited his prior experience as both a Stage Manager and Production Manager in helping him to diffuse the many obstacles the tour faced. During interviews at the time of the tour, he always remained confident and stated that he embraced the challenges these big shows delivered. It seemed to pay off, because when all was said and done and each show time arrived, millions of fans still came out to support Kid Rock on his tour dates despite all of the earlier obstacles. Clayton’s professional handling of these situations are likely a big reason he has been invited back to production manage the second part of Kid Rock’s 2018 tour.

Having had the opportunity to work with a number of big-name artists over the years, Clayton praises those artists who he feels utilizes evolving technology equipment to push their form of art, going beyond their music and expressing themselves through aspects of their shows like stage design. He excitedly shared in a recent interview just how cutting-edge the industry is, yet also warned that it’s an industry where getting too comfortable can lead one to become obsolete. This is especially true for show equipment, where the technology is continually getting more mobile, faster, and brighter. In this industry where the trends are ever-changing, Clayton does everything within his power to stay current on these changes.

ALL THINGS PRODUCTION WITH CLAY HUTSON

A Michigan native, Clayton Hutson currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, although his professional popularity has him frequently calling a tour bus home. Clayton has been blessed to work with a number of big-name artists in his many years including Alice in Chains, P!nk, Prince, The Smashing Pumpkins, Kelly Clarkson, Guns N’ Roses, Garbage, The Backstreet Boys, and Gwen Stefani. In addition to musical artists and bands, Clayton was employed as a Production Manager for the well-known televangelist Billy Graham. Clayton has also been entrusted with the success of a number of corporate events, including the Rio De Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics, for which Clayton served as a technical consultant; over the span of over two years, Clayton was sought out for his advice on the technical aspects of the live ceremony by the Olympics’ organizing committee.

Clayton Hutson credits his high demand to his work ethic, stating that he continually works hard while maintaining attention to all details. Alongside his strong work ethic, Clayton embraces long days and staunchly believes in safety first, organizing and setting up gear and equipment in the most effective and secure way for each event he manages. Clayton’s solid work ethic and attention to detail, combined with his earlier mentioned willingness to embrace technology and equipment changes, have made him a highly sought-after stage and production manager.

It’s an indisputable fact in the events industry that the right production manager can make or break any music or live event tour. That’s why when the frontman of Stained, Aaron Lewis, decided to go on a solo tour, he relied on the expertise of Clayton Hutson to ensure that each tour stop went off without a hitch. In addition, the artist also relied on Clayton’s musical expertise to ensure the sound and engineering of the performance was top notch.

In addition to his work as a production manager, Clayton Hutson is also an accomplished live sound engineer. Working with the top artist from many different genres of music, Clayton has helped put together some of the most memorable performances of the past few decades. During the Arron Lewis tour, Clayton brought along the very first SD11 console on the road. The console was the first of its kind to go out on the road and was a great success. This equipment choice is just one example of the deep knowledge of musical engineering and mixing that an experienced production manager can brings to his clients.

Some additional live show credit for Clayton also includes monitors, production management, stage design, and lighting design for the 2014 “Appetite for Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino Las Vegas” for the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses. Clayton is involved in every part of the live show process from the idea phase to the budgeting to the execution. As a creative live event producer, Clayton Hutson knows the complicated challenges that can arise from any live show and works hard towards finding the solution that not only satisfies the artist’s vision but can be executed within the desired budget.

Clayton Hutson’s extensive expertise includes production design, production management, rigging, stage management, logistics management, and monitor engineering, as well as live show production. All of this experience is what has lead Clayton to where he is today: owning and operating his own live event production company, Ronin Event Creative. With a wide array of services available, the growing company has worked with many artists on a number of tours of all sizes and budgets. Clayton is confident that the unique nature of his production company, combined with the incredible array of services offered and his personally accomplished background, will continue to ensure a high demand and a bright future.

 

Alex Pall. Smoking DJ.

During an interview with Alex Pall just after the release of “Closer” he reveals how he and Andrew met and how all the “smoking” started. The reason for the interview is simple, The Chainsmokers are singing DJ’s and this is unique to their industry. Alex Pall says that he was getting too involved in dance music and wanted to do something different and unique. He was at an art studio and was introduced to Drew who was from Maine. He went back and quit his job and moved to New York and Alex quit his job and they “smoking” began.

They are very talented and were working with synths and techno styles but thought “Why not” and instead of using the usual songwriter and singer and did it themselves. Halsey added to the song brought her uniqueness to the song added another incredible artist to it.

The DJ duo also produced this song which another unusual trait for the today techno artist. They are bringing an exciting element to how the synth arena will be heading in the future by setting the bar high for quality sound and techno abilities but also a new twist with using their own vocals and talents to write, produce, play and sing.

Alex Pall is keeping up with social media and is learning who the Chainsmokers audience is. On one platform, he sees the 16-25 year old most. From the Philippines to South Africa. Alex is excited though that he gets videos of kids of all ages dancing and enjoying the music he puts together. He said even his mom was singing “Roses”. He says they make the music for themselves and find it exciting that everyone enjoys it as well.

As for live shows they are ever changing and with the last #Selfie success they only can hope to top that with another huge successful tour with a festival atmosphere live shows can only get bigger and bigger.

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Alex Pall One Half of the Chainsmokers

Alex Pall is a part of the DJ/Production duo known as the Chainsmokers. In May of 2016 the Chainsmokers released their song “Closer”, the song features Halsey. Unlike their song “Roses”, which put them in the top 10, “Closer” has Andrew Taggart singing. Andrew Taggart is the other half of the Chainsmokers. An artist singing on their own works of art is not uncommon, normally. For the Chainsmokers however it’s very different. They usually rely on songwriters and vocalists to add the human element to their awesomely crafted electronic sounds. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are working to reveal themselves more to their fans.

Alex Pall grew up DJing. It was a hobby of his that he was enthusiastic about. When in New York City Pall was DJing as side work. It was side work he was very passionate about. He says it is scary pursuing something in the city and have it feel more like fun than a job. He was working with their manager at this time, who introduced him to Taggart. Pall quit his job and Taggart moved down from Maine and there is your creative duo the Chainsmokers.

When Pall was asked why they started singing with their electronic creations, he simply says “Well, why not?”. It is different to see a DJ duo singing on their own songs. Especially when it comes to their real lives. Pall says it is because these people do not write their own lyrics. The Chainsmokers do work with songwriters, but they are right there with them creating the magic. On some songs it is all Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. Other songs the duo is just ushering and guiding it. Pall says that the Chainsmokers want to release an album, with songs that go together. Songs about them, and who they are.

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Chainsmokers Now Appeal to Audiences Outside of the U.S. and the U.K.

The Chainsmokers have been around since 2012 and they have created some hit songs during their short time in the industry. This group consist of two DJs from New York City. Most of the music that they have made in the past was designed to reach mainstream audiences. Their former blend of EDM and pop music created big hits such as Paris, Closer and Don’t Let Me Down featuring Daya. Currently, the group has moved toward a darker sound and a darker outlook.

Alex Pall of the Chainsmokers stated that the group had to start creating a different type of sound. He said that their old sound was extremely identical to the music that everyone is making. They wanted to move away from the upbeat, love and party lyrics they were used to doing. Now, they wanted to dabble into the darker side of existence. Pall stated that this new move was important for the group because they had to expand their sound and style.

Most American audiences are not drawn to dark music. They want up tempo party sounds that will keep them dancing and feeling good. The Chainsmokers new sound no longer fits that mode. When the group debut their song Sick Boy for American audiences it peaked to the 35th position on the Billboard 100 charts. From their it fell. The song did not get close to the top 10 which is a very important position for any song.

However, the song did break the top 10 in places such as Slovakia, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Finland. The song actually reached the number 1 spot in the Czech Republic and Germany’s Dance music. In other words, the song did well enough to go gold and it gained great commercial success in nations where dark music is the norm.

Sick Boy is a successful tune. Just because it does not appeal to many American and U.K. audiences does not mean that it has failed. The Chainsmokers fanbase expands well beyond America’s and Britain’s borders. Many die hard American Chainsmokers fans did like the song. The Chainsmokers have not disappointed them at all with their new sound.

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The Successful Life of Clayton Hutson

Clayton Hutson is a well-known tour manager who holds titles including FOH, Monitor Engineer, and day-to-day production manager. He is also recognized as a longtime user of DiGiCo products having used DiGiCo consoles in many tours that he has managed. Clayton owes his support and loyalty of DiGiCo consoles to an experience at a concert with Marilyn Manson where he used the console which proved to be reliable, efficient, and worked wonders during the entire gig. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Clay/Hutson

Clayton Hutson has so far managed successful tours and concerts in different venues ranging from casinos, churches, clubs, and sold-out shows. He is a hard worker who takes control of everything in his area of interest during the tour concerts that he manages. Clayton has the urge to deliver 100 percent to whoever he works for by ensuring he employs quality tools such as the DiGiCo consoles which he trusts to produce the best sound during the concerts.

Clayton Hutson has also taken part in the processes that involved the development of automated rigging systems including the Kinesys Elevation 1+ systems. During the process, his role as an automation operator involved giving expert advice about putting safety first for all during the design phase of the system. Clayton talked about the system being safe while doing the job and reliable while making movements.

Clayton is passionate about what he does making sure everything is in order before, during, and after the gigs he takes part in. He is also known to multi-tasks his roles as the FOH and the Monitor Engineer. Knowing what both the crowd and whoever he works for wants, he ensures things run smoothly and everything is perfect. Clayton also points out the existence of challenges of working with acoustic instruments during the gigs but doesn’t allow that to stop him from making the best sound either. He does what he can to deliver the best no matter what.

Clayton Hutson is undoubtedly one of the most dedicated tour managers in the world. Indeed, he is one of the finest if not the very finest of them all in the industry.