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The Musical Life of Clay Hutson

Clay Hutson is highly respected throughout the music industry as one of its greatest leaders. Hutson first entered the industry by being thoroughly educated in theatre design. He then immediately joined the live entertainment world as a Sound Engineer with the Billy Graham Crusade and a Project Manager. He eventually began his own live entertainment production company that specialized in rock’n’roll. In the many years as the owner and leader in this area, he has had much experience in producing, managing, designing, and overseeing live tours.

A major event that made him decide to start his own company was the worldwide financial depression of 1998 which dramatically affected the company for which he was presently working. Today, while he will be doing a certain thing every day for perhaps several months at a time, the stuff he does every day is always changing. He says right now his average day is stage management stuff, but that may be changing at any time. Every day he arrives earlier than anyone else and works through the day’s to-do list.

His work does not end when the show begins. During the show, he carefully plans all the things that need to be done by his crew to disassemble everything. Throughout his many years in the industry, he has become very knowledgeable of what works and what doesn’t. He particularly prides himself on being able to visualize what needs to happen before anything else. This has helped him in all of his planning and to resolve any unexpected problem. He is most excited about the prospect of future technological advancements and how they will help him in his work.

He knows that fully embracing these new technologies is imperative to new clients accepting him or moving on to a more up to date professional. He also says there are trends like come and go. He says a big trend right now in concerts is the use of huge video screens. He is not a big fan of this trend and hopes it fades away quickly. He does enjoy unusual, more rarely seen trends like acrobatics and aerial stunts.

https://medium.com/@claytonhutson49/four-steps-to-getting-the-best-performance-venue-9b89a429d85a

“Soldiers Of Sunrise” Kicks All Kinds Of It

I don’t know about you, but I love 80’s metal. There is just a certain atmosphere and feeling that cannot be captured with any other kind of music…and let’s face it, the 80’s does represent a high point in the history of heavy metal that has not been equalled before or since. While you may not necessarily prefer that musical style, there is no denying that metal reached levels of popularity during this period that many would not have even thought possible. OF course you’ve probably heard of the early legends of the 80’s metal scene; Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Motley Crue, Motorhead, Pantera, and the list goes on and on. But let’s not talk about what you already know.

I want to introduce you to one of the lesser known greats of the 80’s, since you probably haven’t heard of them. I’m talking about a Brazilian band called Viper.From the minute I started listening to this album, I thought “damn…why haven’t I heard of these guys before?” For those of us who still like to headbang at the sound of a dank 80’s-style guitar solo full of finger-tapping and hammer-ons being used like they’re going out of style (as they eventually did), this album is a real pleasure. It just makes me want to get up and fight someone!

But then, that may just be those awesome drum lines laid down by the band’s original drummer, Cassio Audi, who kept this beautiful masterpiece of destruction and mayhem in time with a beat reminiscent of the goat-skin war drums of old! You probably don’t think of Brazil when you think of a metal scene, but they do have a pretty healthy one. Old school thrash band Viper was among the grandfathers of this particular metal scene, and as such they have a considerable base of fans in Brazil. I personally had never heard of Viper until recently. They have a very large discography, but their first major album, “Soldiers Of Sunrise” is still their best, in my opinion.

Source of the article : https://12social.com.br/descubra-mais-sobre-o-sucesso-da-banda-viper-e-do-baterista-cassio-audi/

Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart Become the Human Element of Chainsmokers’ Music

The recent release of the Chainsmokers’ 2018 single “Sick Boy” has many people talking. It is unlike anything they have released before. Although it sounds like a traditional dance song, sporting a catchy back beat overlaid with masterful electronic soundscapes, the single contains a sobering message about today’s society. The Chainsmokers have never been a traditional EDM group. The DJ duo of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have pushed the boundaries of their chosen genre numerous times. Both artists are heavily involved in the songwriting, and Andrew Taggart even goes as far as to sing lead vocals. “Sick Boy” is their latest attempt to remain relevant, establish themselves as true artists, and better connect with their listeners.

 

Since the release of 2016 hit “Closer” the Chainsmokers have tried to insert themselves as the human element within their music. For most DJ’s that element is provided by other artists in collaboration, but as Taggart continues to provide lead vocals, that element has become the duo themselves. According to Alex Pall it stems from a choice to wrap an identity around their work. “We want our songs to be a cohesive body of work that illustrates who we are” Pall said. In a recent interview the duo alluded that at one point they decided they did not want to make regular dance music anymore. They looked around, saw that most EDM groups did not use their own vocals, and said why not. The decision has paid off considerably as the Chainsmokers are more popular than ever.

 

“Sick Boy” is a continuation of Pall’s desire to stay away from typical DJ format. A few singles, a collection of good songs, some dance records, and an interlude shoved in their somewhere. For him relevance is found in identity and a song like “Sick Boy” provides that identity. The song alludes to the frustration of celebrity in the thrall of overexposure on social media, and also touches on the loss of identity social media generates.

 

https://www.etonline.com/halsey-and-the-chainsmokers-remember-avicii-in-heartfelt-tributes-at-the-2018-bbmas-102669

The Chainsmokers remember Avicii at the 2018 Billboard Awards

Electro Pop duo The Chainsmokers recently commemorated the late Swedish DJ, Avicii— who passed away in April 2018 due to an act of suicide related to depression. As the duo presented the top 100 Song award to Luis Fonsi for “Despacito” they proceeded to remember Avicii; mentioning how he was one of their inspirations and a Dj who was also beloved by the EDM community.

Later in the event, The Chainsmokers went back on stage to receive the award of Top Dance/Electronic Artist and Andrew Taggart, member of the band proceeded to dedicate the award to Avicii. Taggart mentioned how Avicii was a big influence on him and one of the reasons he believed he could succeed in this career.

Singer and songwriter Hasley also had some thoughts. She commented on how she was fortunate to have worked with Avicii and shared that he was a great person to be around. She went on to encourage people to be loving and supportive of friends and family who may be suffering from mental issues.

About The Chainsmokers

The electropop duo began in 2012 in New York City with members Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. Pall was originally part of a different duo including DJ Rhett Bixler. Andrew Taggart soon learned that Bixler had left the group and decided to relocate from Maine to New York to fill the missing spot; they became The Chainsmokers.

In its early days, the duo began by doing remixes of bands such as The Killers, Chromeo, and Phoenix. One of their first notable hits was the song “Erase”, released in 2012 and which included vocals by actress and singer Priyanka Chopra.

The group broke into mainstream success when they released a free download of their new single #Selfie in 2013. Soon after, they scored a deal with Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records and the single was re-released. The band soon hit a peak on the dance music charts while receiving international recognition.

The Chainsmokers have since blown up and received several other awards. Amongst those include a Grammy for best dance recording, two AMA awards, and five iHeartRadio awards.

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