Clay Hutson got himself a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Design and Technical Production from Central Michigan University. He also grabbed himself a Master of Business Administration before setting out on tour. He’s been touring with different musicians since 1999 and he’s held a variety of different positions throughout the years. After the 2008 economic collapse, he thought it was prudent venture out to create his own business.
He now bases himself in Nashville and dedicates the entirety of his days to the artists that he represents. In a recent interview, he says he gets up at 6:00 a.m. to start the day. He makes sure that he’s the first one at the venue before any other employee arrives. And he takes that early time to plan out all the different tasks required to set up a stage for live music performance.
Some might call it micromanaging, but Clay insists on creating these tasks for his crew to make sure that everything goes smoothly during the performance. He also uses his well of knowledge to create an unforgettable experience for the audience. He knows exactly how to set up a stage. He knows exactly what to work for the sound and the lights. And he’s eager to bring these skills to any major touring musician.
He’s currently working on the Kid Rock concert series. His interview is quite enlightening because he claims that he plans out every facet of his day. He plans the tiniest little details all the way through the most important tasks. This attention to detail ensures that he is always ready for a day that is sure to be laden with surprises.
You might catch him in the crowd while attending the show. You’ll see a look of deep thought on his face and it’s not because he is enjoying the performance. Instead, he is planning all of the tasks required to break down the stage after the show. His preshow planning has already ensured the best experience for the audience possible. Now, during the show, is his time to plan storage tasks, breakdown schemes and exit strategies.
This hard work and intuition allow the artist to thrive. All they have to do is worry about their performance while Clay worries about all of the details. And each musician that Clay has worked with raves about his work ethic and incredible attention to detail.