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Why Clay Hutson Started His Own Music Production Management Business

Clay Hutson owns a company in Nashville, Tennessee which is in the business of offering services to musicians and corporate event organizers. He is a jack of all trades in his industry and has been a monitor engineer, audio engineer, production manager, stage manager, and even a tour manager. He has deep experience designing live concerts as well as producing and managing them. His biggest market is rock music and some of the big-name artists he has had as clients are OneRepublic, Pink, Guns N’ Roses, and Garbage. He is currently out on tour with Kid Rock.

 

He started his company in the wake of the last recession. Clay Hutson says the timing was right for a few reasons. First, he had built up a wealth of skills he could market. Second, his employer had been very negatively impacted by the recession so leaving that company was a pretty attractive thing to do. He has been able to get clients for his company by establishing a reputation for being someone that wasn’t afraid of hard work and putting in long hours. He is also known for his attention to details and constantly rechecking all of his work. If he doesn’t do things right that can often mean something goes wrong on stage and even safety could be compromised.

 

Clay Hutson says he always has to keep up with new technology because to fall behind can be the death knell of a career in the music industry. He points to mobile lighting equipment as something that has dramatically improved lately. Not only is this equipment substantially brighter today but it’s also smaller and much more mobile.

 

One technology he is pretty tired of, though, is the massive video walls so often used in concerts. Clay Hutson says that he likes it when an artist tries to wow the audience in new ways. He appreciates artists like Pin who will have acrobats performing and other stunts that are eye-catching. He likes this type of creativity much more than an even higher definition video screen.

 

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Alex Pall on Their Musical Journey, Identity and New Single ‘Closer’

The Chainsmokers are an energetic DJ/Production duo composed of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, who has been making headlines the entertainment industry with their top singles like ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ and ‘Closer.’ The latter is a particularly an exciting track because unlike in their previous songs where the duo have solely relied on other vocalists, Andrew Taggart is also included on the vocals. This is a unique entry in the electronic dance music genre by the DJ duo from their DJ counterparts who focus on beat making.

The Chainsmokers desire to be acknowledged as real artists with feelings and have been putting in a lot of effort to alter their style to suit their ambitions. The pair talked to Mathias Rosenzweig from Interview Magazine on their aspirations and plans to develop their unique style and grow with their audience. In the interview, Alex Pall disclosed that he enjoyed deejaying from a young age, but he decided to pursue dance music fully when he realized it was taking up much of his time. It was during this time that their current manager introduced him to Taggart and the duo immediately hit it off.

Mathias was interested in finding out their experience in collaborating with Halsey on ‘Closer.’ Alex pointed out that it was an amazing experience and they have always wanted to work with her on a project. He added that he admired her personality and strong vocal abilities. He also added that Taggart’s inclusion on the vocals was an essential step in defining and revealing their identity. Alex told Mathias that they had come up with the song while on tour.

Alex Pall also disclosed that social media had played an essential role in promoting their music and helping them connect with their fans. He noted that he was thrilled by the fact that their music cut across different age groups and they had fans from all over the world. Alex also disclosed that they were striving to introduce new concepts to their live shows to entertain their fans. He assured their fans that they would work relentlessly to give them new experiences.

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The passion for music of Clay Hutson

Clay Hutson’s interest in music began at a young age. He attended Central Michigan University where he got his bachelor’s degree in theater design. He later went to Stephen M. Ross Business School and graduated with a master’s degree in business administration. After graduating, Clay became a sound engineer alongside being a project manager. Clay worked in the corporate entertainment industry and for Billy Graham’s sound team but eventually decide to take a plunge into the music industry by venturing into rock ‘n’ roll.

 

His work experience had exposed him to the music industry regarding sound engineering, and live performance so Clay decided to start his company. Besides, each of his previous positions taught him valuable skills and lessons so when the recession hit the company, he was working for, he opted to leave the struggling firm and be an entrepreneur. Clay took a leap of faith and fortunately landed on his feet. At the time, the economy was very tough, but he quickly found clients, and with consistency and hard work, Clay survived the difficult times, and the business became profitable within a reasonable time frame. Though referrals comprise the most significant part of his business, Clay runs a website too.

 

Though Clay believed his business would take off, he had his doubtful days but kept going. One costly experience he remembers is a legal battle that cost him over $150,000, after being sued by a production company for which he was subcontracting. Clay believes that it is his passion for the business and hard work that make him successful. He relentlessly gives his best, so he thoroughly checks his work and solves any potential problems. Clay surrounds himself with people who have strong work ethics rather than people who are average performers. Today, he is satisfied that he beat the legal suit since in his kind of work, a tarnished reputation can cost an entrepreneur everything. Learn more: https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/potmsearch/detail/submission/6451483/Clay_Hutson

 

The evolving technology excites Clay Hutson, and he stays updated with any advances to incorporate any innovative solutions to his work. According to Clay, it is necessary to combine live entertainment with technology, such as large stage screens that enable everyone to get a better view of the stage. Though some artists use acrobats, Clay is of the opinion that stunts add excitement. He appreciates performers who are creative in live entertainment and realize the value of variety.