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: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/clayton-hutson-1a2e