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.