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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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Desiree Perez – A Powerful Force in the Music Industry

Long gone are the days where a woman wanting to get into the music industry had to be a performer or go home. Some of the most powerful women behind the scenes in the music industry are now women. Record labels such as Interscope, Atlantic, and Warner Bros. have women in prominent leadership roles. The winner of Billboard’s Executive of the Year award was Julie Greenwald the Chairman and COO of Atlantic Records.

Desiree Perez, who prefers to be called Des, is one such powerful executive in the entertainment and music world. Des is the COO of Roc Nation Records, a record label that was founded by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter in 2008. Des has been an associate of Carter’s for nearly 20 years and she has handled jobs in a variety of Carter’s ventures.

Most recently, Desiree Perez was able to create a relationship between Sprint and Roc Nation. With her revered negotiation skills, she convinced Sprint to invest 200 million dollars in Roc Nation’s music streaming service, Tidal. Coming from the deal was an arrangement to offer free downloads of Jay-Z’s albums to customers of Sprint. This deal and similar deals have resulted in Jay-Z’s last two albums “Magna Carta Holy Grail” and “4:44” going platinum before they were even released on store shelves and app stores.

Perez’s efforts at Roc Nation are not only limited to marketing and promoting Jay-Z. Perez has worked with many different artists who are signed to Roc Nation and Roc Nation imprints. Perez is partially responsible for the success of Roc Nation artists like Kanye West, Beyonce, Rihanna, and Big Sean.

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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.

Desiree Perez: The Woman Behind The Scenes Of Roc Nation

Update: January 4th, 2018– The Roc Nation Sports Agency and Desiree Perez  are happy to announce the addition of Saquon Barkley to the Roc Nation Family.

***UPDATE*** November 17th, 2017– Desiree Perez was recently featured in this article on Release Fact, detailing her successes working with Roc Nation and the talent they represent. Click the link to read more. 

***UPDATE*** August 28th, 2017– TIDAL and COO Desiree Perez have just been featured on Billboard.com as part of their 2017 Digital Power Players. Read more here.

***UPDATE*** June 8th, 2017Desiree Perez is excited to share her new profile, featured on Mogul. As a woman in business, she looks forward to making new connections and sharing information with other individuals in the music management industry. Read more below

***UPDATE*** April 5th, 2017– Desiree Perez and Roc Nation are happy to announce the release of Beyonce’s new video, honoring her 9th anniversary with Jay Z. Read more and get the link to download the video below.

Desiree Perez or in short Des Perez is a close associate to the well known Jay Z for almost twenty years and has an incredibly long track with running the SC Enterprises. The given article first talks about how Tidal has been going through a sort of renaissance. The article talks first talks off how Tidal nails giant album exclusives one after another such as Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kanye West from their premiere co-owner talent. It then goes on with explaining how the Tidal app is at an incredibly high point, higher than it has ever been in Itunes. According to reports it has added at least one million trial members since February 22. This is were Des Perez comes into play. It was soon questions who exactly was organizing these productive and high class artist plays and sources soon pointed to Desiree Perez.

 

Des Perez has proven to be qualified for such an important position as she is incredible when it comes to crunching numbers, is a tough and fierce negotiator and has an unique history that the article states not even Empire’s own Cookie would not go up against. Des Perez had a hand in negotiating the Beyoncé Formation stadium as well as played a strong part in the the Rihanna Samsung deal. Des Perez is part of a collective that runs the entire operation of Roc Nation, it’s sections of management, labeling operations as well as publishing. This collective also runs the forces that is behind Tidal. This special collective is called Hova Circle of Influence and the other individuals involved it is includes Jana Fleischman, Chaka Pilgrim, Jay Brown and Ty Ty Smith.

 

Dez Perez has been doing a phenomenal job with helping such a large business grow and manifest. This woman is no pushover and takes defiant charge when it comes to the line of success and help these inspiring artists as well as their business itself. She has been in this field of business long enough to know the ropes and strings and no doubt will bring further success to not only Tidal but also to artist such as Beyonce and Rihanna as well.

 

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Elton John Is Back With His Iconic Hits On YouTube

Bernie Taupin and Elton John are one of the most acclaimed songwriting teams of all time. They have been working with YouTube in regards to a new global competition. The competition is looking for the three most iconic of their hits from the early 1970’s. These hits are Tiny Dancer, Bennie and the Jets and Rocket Man. The winning submissions were revealed by the pair at the Cannes Film Festival. This marked the duo’s 50th anniversary of their partnership in music.

Elton John admitted to being both amazed and moved by the videos presented and the overall process. He feels creativities future has become collaborative and fuses technology with art. He thinks the ability to open up his work and be able to share it with the creative talents of the next generation is fantastic. The process giving him the ability to have his work viewed all over the world on YouTube was responsible for a large portion of his amazement. For additional information on Elton John please visit http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/elton-john-humbled-by-new-rocket-man-tiny-dancer-videos-at-cannes-w483661.

The animated clip of Rocket Man by Majid Adin was brilliant. It highlighted the lyrics based on a lonely astronaut with stunning and visually captivating precision. The visual tale draws on Adin’s past when he was a refugee from Iran on his way to England. He was a graduate of fine arts and animation production and had made a journey through Europe. This was during the time of the refugee crisis in 2015 and some of his time was spent in a camp in the Calais Jungle before the United Kingdom granted him asylum. The words of Bernie Taupin become melancholy in this particular setting and the line about how it has been a long, long time repeating draws attention to the uncertainty of his future. The animated clip was a definite success.

Phil Collins Cancels London Concerts After Hotel Fall

The legendary music career of Phil Collins has continued to evolve for more than four decades, beginning with his tenure with Genesis and continuing through a strong solo career. However, the 66-year-old singer-songwriter’s health is currently on the mend after he suffered what was described as a severe gash near his eye after he fell late Wednesday night.

 

Collins arose in the middle of the night in a hotel room to use the bathroom when he fell, with his head striking a nearby chair. The injury was severe enough for him to be briefly hospitalized and forced him to postpone scheduled concerts at Royal Albert Hall in London on both June 8 and 9.

 

Collins’ staff attributed the fall to a condition that afflicts Collins known as drop foot. The health problem is a complication of back surgery that left him with problems when it came to walking.

 

The postponement of the concerts was announced by Collins’ staff on the day of the first concert, with the two performances rescheduled for November 26 and 27. His staff made an effort to convey Collins’ regret in being forced to postpone the concerts.

 

Collins recently returned to performing in concert after being away for the last decade and will continue his tour of Europe on June 11, when he performs in Cologne. Following that concert, he’ll perform in Paris before again returning to London to play Hyde Park on June 30.

 

During Collins’ time away in what he had described as a retirement, he took time to release his autobiography. The book explored the rise of Genesis and the subsequent spawning of the solo career and the toll that constant touring and fame had taken on Collins’ family life.

 

That toll had included multiple failed marriages, substance abuse issues involving alcohol and a fractured relationship with his daughter, Lily. In the latter case, Lily Collins has carved out a prominent career of her own as an actress.

 

Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover Retires from Music

Rapper Childish Gambino shocked the crowd at his recent Governor’s Ball Music Festival performance by casually announcing his retirement from the hip-hop scene. The musician and actor, better known to some by his real name, Donald Glover, closed the show by telling the audience “You’re in my heart. I’ll see you for the last Gambino album.”

 

Glover confirmed the news at a promotional event for his two-time Golden Globe winning FX series, Atlanta. The actor and musician told the Huffington Post that he no longer felt his music career was “necessary.”

 

Glover’s rap persona was never meant to dominate his career. During a 2015 appearance on the Today show, he said, “I want to have periods in my life. I feel like Childish Gambino is a period that should come to a close. I like endings.” This also isn’t the first time Glover has shocked fans by suddenly walking away from a project. The actor famously retired from his lead role on the hit NBC comedy series Community during its fifth season, citing a desire to pursue work that offered him more independence and creative freedom.

 

Glover’s most recent album, the gold certified, Awaken, My Love!, marked a huge genre shift for the musician. Unlike his previous, largely rap-dominated releases, Awaken experimented with gospel, psychedelic rock, and funk. The album’s success may have played a part in Glover’s choice to retire from music. He told the Huffington Post “There’s only so far you can go before you just are the radio.”

 

Fortunately, while Glover’s rap stint is coming to a close, he still has a lively acting career. In addition to Atlanta, the actor is cast in the as-yet untitled Han Solo movie as the legendary Lando Calrissian. He is set to enter the Marvel Extended Universe franchise with an undisclosed role in 2017’s Spider-man: Homecoming. Donald will also be starring as Simba in the 2019 live-action remake of Disney’s classic, The Lion King.

 

Given the demands of his acting career, it’s understandable that he’d decide to step away from music. There’s also the possibility Glover could resurrect his Gambino persona eventually. Glover told the Huffington Post “You know, I like it when something’s good and when it comes back there’s a reason to come back, there’s a reason to do that.” His roles in the upcoming Star Wars film and Lion King remake show that he’s not adverse to projects that build on franchises fans assume had finished.