Nashville is the place to be for music producers. This is certainly the case for Clay Hutson, a music producer who worked in the city’s live entertainment business for several years before taking the plunge and starting his own business.
Clay Hutson’s job certainly isn’t easy. Most days he gets up around 6:00 a.m. just to get to the venue before the workers. Once arriving, he goes over the upcoming schedule, walks through and makes sure everything is up to shape, and instructs the crew on what their tasks for the day will be. He is always remaining hyper vigilant to ensure that the show goes smoothly and efficiently.
With managing all these moving pieces, it is essential for Clay Hutson to keep organized. Hutson says that when he is on the road, he plans every moment of his day, to ensure that he reaches peak productivity. When he makes such an extensive plan, he can most effectively delegate tasks to his crew members.
Many of his clients are stars who want their performances to be a spectacle, so he needs to keep up to date on the latest trends and technological advances in the field. His favorite new trick is performers who utilize acrobatics and aerial stunts, which he says are a sure fire way to get the audience excited and engaged in the performance.
Clay Hutson graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelors degree in Theatre Design and Technical Production. He continued his education at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he earned a Master’s degree in business administration.
After completing school, he dove headfirst into the entertainment industry. He worked with Getagrip Touring for nearly two decades as a production manager; he was vice president of Ronin Event Creative starting in 2001; he worked as the stage manager for legendary rapper Kanye West; and he worked as the production manager for both Jennifer Nettles and Prince. He now dedicates his time to being the producer, designer, and manager for several live shows. During his two decades of experience, Hutson has worked with some of the rock and roll industry’s biggest names like Pink, Garbage, Guns N’ Roses, and Kid Rock
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