The world of music is full rock and pop stars from all different kinds of backgrounds, but behind the scenes are people who spend countless hours making sure the show runs perfectly. Clay Hutson is one of those individuals, whose record includes working with some of the biggest names of the recent decades. He has a background in Sound Design, and several academic degrees in that field of study. Clay Hutson recently expanded on his career path in a recent Ideamensch interview.
Through the early days of his career, Clay Hutson would frequently be a part of a traveling tours around the country. He ultimately realized that he could run his own business, and stepped forward into the entrepreneur world. It was right in the middle of the mid-2000s recession, but he weathered the storm and established his business within a short period. Having his own business gave him a lot more freedom in how he designs the set, lights, sound, video, among other technical aspects, for each show he is working for. He always does his research about the venue when planning the best set-up configuration for an event.
The life of a sound designer varies greatly depending if its an event day or not. The off days gives Clay Huston a chance to research and meet clients, while event days have him up bright and early. He recalls how during Kid Rock’s tour, he would be up at 6:30am. In order to prepare for the day’s event, he will arrive befor everyone else. This way everything is in order, and tasks are ready to be assigned to workers. Clay Hutson cites his think ahead attitude as a major contributor to the success of his professional career.
In order to thrive in the entertainment business, not only does the singer have to be a popular icon, but the men behind the scenes like Clay Hutson have to create a flawless production. He has greatly refined his techniques over the years, and is always looking for ways to incorporate new technology into the production. In particular, Clay Hutson is researching how to better unitize video in the entertainment spectacle. Its that deep passion for innovation that keeps Clay Hutson a relevant figure for entertainment acts to hire in upcoming gigs.
The Chainsmokers are currently working on other new things including their several singles that were released recently. With all these going on, the duo’s launch album Memories…Do Not Open keeps on going strong months later after it was released. The album’s title is making rounds in the music industry. The title is still at the top of the chart for the longest time ever. Memories…Do Not Open is presently on No.1 Billboards’ Electronic /Top Dance Albums chart which is one of the most famous records that falls under electronic and dance labels. The album does not look like it will stop being played any time soon and even if it does, it will still come back after a short while.
The Memories… Do Not Open is currently on the same category with Demon Days which belongs to the Gorillaz. Demon Days which was released 13 years ago is still at the top of the chart at the moment. The two albums have reached 34 turns higher that any release can achieve. However, the Demon Days does not look like it will keep being at the top of the chart in the future. On the other hand, the story of the Memories…Do Not Open will keep on staying at the top of the chart for a longer time. This shows that the Chainsmokers are likely to own the third place on the charts soon on their own.
Memories…Do Not Open was released last April and it was debuted at No.1 on Electronic/Top Dance album listing as well as on the all-genre, more inclusive Billboard 200. During this time, the duo had a never-ending sweet line of smash hits. The duo’s hits were ever running on Top 40 radio, and people kept requesting for more. Although the title stayed for a short time in Billboard 200, it has dominated the top five on the electronic/Top Dance albums since it was released. The Chainsmokers have been ruling in the past year more than anybody else. However, they had to step aside because of other incoming titles that were well performing when the duo arrived.
Ryan Seacrest moved from Los Angeles to New York in order to host “live” with Kelly Ripa, and it has taken some adjusting. He also hosts “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” and a radio show that is nationally-syndicated not to mention American Idol. He also has his own skincare and fashion line.
His days begin at 6 in the morning, and he has just enough time to shower and shave then he is off but not before checking the weather and grabbing a matcha tea and coffee. He balances his schedule and works with a trainer on the go. He does boxing with a coach, and he gets on the Peloton before work. He loves to run so he runs in the park as much as he can spare time for since he dislikes the treadmill. Seacrest catches up on the news from the previous night and watches come TV in the morning, and he reads in the car on the way to work which takes less than 10 minutes. His diet is mostly vegan, and he enjoys the finer things in life like good food and wine.
According to ABC, he is also very compassionate and is aware of those who are less fortunate, and that is why he founded the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. He gets distracted easily so he has found that it is sometimes best to keep his phone away from him so that he can concentrate on the tasks he needs to get done. He uses his afternoons to answer phone calls or to fulfill other important requests. His self-discipline has helped Seacrest to keep things manageable and not to let himself get overwhelmed by all the tasks that he has to complete or by how busy his day is. He has found a good balance that works for him. He has found what people expect of him, and he has found what works. Being organized and good at time management did not always come easily for Seacrest (@ryanseacrest), and he has actually had to train himself to make the most and best use of his time every single day.
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Some people feel like The Chainsmokers have been around for years but it has really been for little over two years since they reached mainstream appeal. The first song of theirs to crack the top 10 was “Roses” at the beginning of 2015. Since that time The Chainsmokers have released a string of hits. This band is a duo featuring two producers, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart. They have performed with a number of other artists. They teamed up with “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay. Their song “Closer” featured Halsey. They also featured Daya on “Don’t Let Me Down” which made her an overnight sensation.
When you have had as much success in music as they have the pressure builds to keep doing what you’re doing. The Chainsmokers didn’t want to do this, though, as they want to grow and evolve. Their most recent single, “Sick Boy” is a much darker song than anything they have done and it marks a new phase for The Chainsmokers.
“Sick Boy” follows a long period for this band to now release a song. Drew Taggart said that they had been releasing songs on a monthly basis but they went nine months without one before releasing this new single. He said that they like to keep their music really current with what is going on in their lives and the world in general.
The Chainsmokers music is a mixture of different genres. It has been described as partially pop as well as dance music that has been mixed with indie and hip-hop as well. Both Alex Paul and Andrew Taggart have said they have taken inspiration musically from a number of sources. This includes deadmau5 and Pharell Williams who also both DJ. Other inspirations include Max Martin, Blink-182, and Taylor Swift among others.
Their most recent tour was in 2017 when they went on the Memories Do Not Open tour to support their album of the same name. This album went on to become certified platinum. Their first album was Bouquet while their second one was called Collage. They have also released many singles onto the market as well.
Alex Pall’s association with the Chainsmokers.
Alex Pall is a member of the famous band known as Chainsmokers. During his visit to New York, he was interviewed by Mathias Rosenzweig. When growing up, Alex’s hobby was DJing. He focused on DJing for a while when he was in an art gallery. He realized that dance music was consuming most of his time and wanted to give it a try. He worked with his manager for a while before he got introduced to his new band member and friend; Andrew Taggart. Immediately, Andrew started working with him after moving from Maine. Alex then quit his job and began the music dance career.
Alex’s self-drive and ambition to succeed in the music and dance industry was a key role in his compatibility with Andrew. He was keen on the change of trends, what was working and what was not and who was making a hit. He had a lot of DJ gigs, and this proved to have marketed his brand. He met with Andrew every day and worked on music and creating their identity as artists. The music has helped him relate to his fans on a deeper level and also pays his bills. To stay interesting as an artist, Alex advice that one needs to be creative.
The band’s songs mainly focus on the artists’ lifestyles. They write their songs, expressing their feelings and sometimes guide their songwriters. Each song differs from the other, but that is who they are. The band has been working recently on a single called “Closer” with Halsey. Alex thinks that she is incredible, very cool and unique artist, and has a strong voice. She is the kind of artist that he is proud of working with. The song “Closer” was written by Andrew and his friend and is being produced by the band. He believes it is a good step from an identity standpoint.
Alex Pall thinks that by introducing exciting and creative things, going on tour, and also putting up a festival is what will cater to the bands expanding the audience. He points out that the and is all about being on the forefront of pushing new boundaries and giving their fans a unique experience.