Clayton Hutson is a sound engineer and production manager who went into business for himself after realizing he had the skills to do so. His production company is located in Nashville, Tennessee, and he has worked with many different popular musicians, such as, Pink, Kid Rock, Guns N’ Roses, and Garbage. He was asked in a recent interview to reveal one of his favorite books, and he replied that the book “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff“ by Richard Carlson really helped to reduce his stress. He loves how the author recommends that people focus more on the important details and ignore everything else. This is pretty much how he operates his company, and it has paid off well.
Clayton Hutson says a normal day for him involves him working out all of the details for any given musical show. He has been working closely with Kid Rock recently and gets started at 6:30AM before anyone else is at the venue. Before getting started, Hutson lays out everything before him so he can clearly see what needs to get done. Before a show, he will do a walkthrough and will also run through the details to ensure that nothing gets done wrong. During the show itself, Hutson begins to focus on the work of breaking down the venue so his team is ready to go when the show is over.
Clayton Hutson loves taking his ideas and turning them into something tangible that can be used during a show. He will sometimes put together interesting set designs or new audio developments but always works with the kinds of ideas that can be made into reality. He loves how computers are making his work much easier and is also an early adopter of some of the most cutting-edge technology in his industry. It is his job to know every single detail about an event; all of the way down to the size of the equipment needed just in case it can’t fit into the entrance of the venue in question.
Clayton Hutson loves it when musicians want to go the extra mile to make their show special. While he appreciates special effects and large screens where images can be displayed, he also appreciates the artistry and creative capabilities of the musicians he works with. He wants to help them create something unique that will be appreciated by their specific audience, and his ability to do so is exactly what has made very popular in his industry.