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.