Clay Hutson Progresses to the Next Level

Daily Horarium?

Mostly everything Clay Hutson does these days focuses on his being a stage manager. For example, when he’s working with Kid Rock he wants to be the first one there, so he’s up at 6:30 am. Once he arrives at the venue, he goes thru the schedule of the events planned. He likes to make a walk thru the venue early and execute a storage plan for the day.


Being Productive

For Clay Hutson, his productivity also reflects in the planning and care of his crew’s productivity. Preparation before the show and follow thru after the show are intrinsically related to one another. While the show is going on begins a detailed plan to execute after the show to let his crew know what they need to do to wrap up.



The Original Idea for your Company?

Several threads of experience and accumulation of knowledge came together at the proper time. Clay Hutson gives credit to the idea of launching out on his own to four major factors. First, he says he had a vast amount of live entertainment as well as working in tour productions. In the beginning, he worked with the Billy Graham International Tours, for example. He learned his way around the industry by jumping in and becoming familiar with how things are done.


Accumulation of Experience and Networking

Clay Hutson says he feels fortunate to have been able to learn from all his experiences form the right people and gained the right knowledge about what this industry expects. At one point, Clay Hutson was able to put all the dots for his variety of experiences together, which formed the background from which he felt he could launch out in any direction and he would still be safe. Besides the accumulative effect of experience, there were also some experiences which he had no control over that nudged him to move out on his own and that was the recession caused one of the companies he was working on to go thru some irrevocable problems, so that gave him the opportunity to launch out on his own. It all came together at the right time.


Clay Hutson Productions

Clay Hutson is a native of Nashville, Tn. Clay Hutson takes an aesthetic approach to his work. He puts in plenty of hours of work, but in the end, he is considering the artists and the fans. He always strives to make sure the artist gets what they expect; secondly, he wants the fans to have a memorable and beautiful experience. Learn more:


Success of Clayton Hutson

Success is defined as the accomplishments of one’s goals, and for Clayton Hutson, that couldn’t be more true. For one of his most recent tours, Hutson read about the company’s SD11 rack-mountable system, which is a digital mixing system, and thought of nothing else except getting his hands on one for a 2017 tour. Hutson has been a long-time user of DiGiCo products, and held multiple titles for the tour, including FOH/Monitor engineer and day-to-day/Production/Tour Manager.


“I’ve had a long history with DiGiCo and when I saw the SD11 on the website, I made a plea to the audio-powers-that-be to make it happen. We were in the middle of the tour and the console appeared a few days later on a show day.” Hutson said.


The OneRepublic 2017 Honda Civic tour included a mandate for clean design and it drove all production decisions for the tour. VER, the go-to company for production equipment and solutions, came up with a solution by providing audio, video and lighting, and tied it together with automated rigging for the 2017 North American that was held over the summer. The OneRepublic 2017 Honda Civic Tour ran from July 7-September 12 throughout North America, and followed with a tour in Asia from September 17-25.


The show designer, Raj Kapoor, along with the co-production designer and lighting designer, Mark Butts, had a long conversation about their design dilemma with David Martin and Richard Cano, project managers at VER. Together, they worked to come up with an automated rigging system to safely and accurately move trusses that carried 70,000 pounds of lighting, audio and LED video panels.


“The Kinesys system is brilliant,” Hutson says. “The movements are repeatable and precise, it allows us to ‘thread the needle’ so to speak, as many our cues are timed now. The system executes perfectly.”


Hutson has also used VER products working with Grammy-awarded NeoSoul stylist Maxwell, who made a return to stage on a co-bill tour with singer-songwriter Jill Scott. The monitors were controlled by using an SD7.


“The SD7 was literally the only console that could come close to doing what we needed it to do,” said Hutson, “One of the beauties of the console is that anything you want it to do, it will do, and it’s a very stable platform.” Learn more: