When well-known pop artists take to the road to promote their latest projects, more likely than not they met with wild enthusiasm from fans. The hype can be a bit much for many artists as the pressure for live performances to live up to the expectations of fans can be daunting at times. For the artists known to fans as Halsey, to accomplish this goal, this meant turning to tour manager Clayton Hutson.
Halsey, as she is known to her fans, was born Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, has become symbolic to the world of pop music due to her off the beaten path road to success.
Halsey grew up listening to a variety of musicians and artists that included Alanis Morrissette, Cold Play, Tupac Shakur, and Nirvana. She introduced her own work to fans by releasing her music via social media platforms. Her big break came in 2014 when she signed by Astralwerks record label.
Halsey toured as an opening act for groups likes of the Imagined Dragons and the Kooks and his now ready to embark on her own tour that will provide Halsey with dates in many parts of Latin America and Asia.
The tour will be joined in various stages by Atlantic recording artist Kehlani, Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony fame, and singer Jessie Reyez.
The ambitious tour is in need of a top-notch support staff and that is where Clayton Hutson comes into the picture.
The Clayton Hutson reputation has been well-forged over many years in the industry and the skilled tour manager has managed projects for giants such as Kelly Clarkson, Prince, Pink, and the Guns N Roses band. But what may be the experience that readied Hutson to be at the helm of a massive world tour is the time he spent as the head of a large-scale, successful business venture.
Hutson has learned that in many ways team management in business mirrors the management of the crew and artistic personalities while heading a world music tour.
About Clayton Hutson
Clayton Hutson is a production manager and sound engineer that offers multiple services to clients including but not limited to the production of shows, stage management, Logistics management, and music producer. Hutson has provided many years of top quality services for some of the largest names in the music industry while building an impeccable reputation for delivering results. The patience, expertise, and attention to detail that clients of Clay Hutson receive has made his services highly requested among performers and musicians. Learn more: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm8799240/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Lawrence Bender is an American film producer born to a Jewish family in The Bronx, New York. He started his career in film working as a grip on the series “Tales from the Darkside” and in 1989 he produced his first film “Intruder”. Lawrence Bender rose to fame by his production of “Reservoir Dogs” in 1992 and has produced almost all of Quentin Tarantino’s Films. Some of his other more notable hits include “Pulp Fiction”, “Inglourious Basterds”, and “Good Will Hunting”. These films have won 29 Academy Award nominations, including three Best Picture nominations and of those, he won six of them. My personal favorite of the three is “Good Will Hunting”. The film takes place in South Boston and follows a 20-year-old undiscovered genius named Will Hunting. While working as a janitor at MIT Will was caught solving very complex mathematics problem posted by a professor. Later Will gets into some trouble, and as part of a deferred prosecution agreement, he is forced to study advanced mathematics with the professor and to see a therapist. What drives the story is the complex issues and the emotional relationship that will and the therapist eventually develope with each other. After carefully re-evaluating his relationships, Will is finally able to move on with his life and to start thinking about his future. Lawrence Bender did a great job producing this film, but he is known for much more than his dramatic productions. With films like “Kill Bill: Volume 1”, “Kill Bill: Volume 2” and “Kill Bill: Volume 3” along with “Pulp Fiction”, and “Knockaround Guys” Lawrence Bender is no stranger to action films. He has also produced a few documentaries the most recent one being “Countdown to Zero”. He is now working in Hollywood running his own production company called Lawrence Bender Productions. With such an active a productive career, we have probably not seen the last of Lawrence Bender.
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In a recent interview, business owner Clayton (Clay) Hutson talked about his experiences in the music industry. He said that most of his work involved rock concerts but he also does other live events as well. Over the past twenty years he has held many positions in the industry such as audio engineer, production design and management, logistics and stage management, rigging, and show producing.
Clayton Huston has worked with some big acts including Aaron Lewis the founder of Staind), OneRepublic, Pink, and Guns N’ Roses. He is presently managing a tour for Kid Rock with stops across America. He says that the way he gets clients like these is by being professional and making sure every little detail is handled so they can put on a great performance. He is also willing to work whatever hours it takes to get a venue properly set up and then broken down after the concert is over.
The way that Clayton Hutson makes sure no mistakes are made when he is managing a tour is by going back over everything he has done a few times. He checks for any mistake he could have made that could potentially result in someone’s safety being at risk or that might negatively impact the show. He says that he takes his reputation in the industry very seriously and knows that any serious mistake could sink his career.
Clayton Hutson also reflects on one regret he had as a business owner. He once took on a subcontracting position for another business. The person they were working for at the time wasn’t very impressed with who he was working with and asked him to take over. He did so at the client’s request but ended up getting sued by that other company. He said he had to spend more than $145,000 in legal fees before the other party dropped their lawsuit against him. He took this as a lesson learned and took steps to reduce his vulnerability to such a thing ever happening again. Learn more: http://www.etnow.com/news/2017/8/ver-drives-onerepublics-honda-civic-tour-production
When hiring people for his company Clayton Hutson says that he’ll take someone with great ability over someone with a positive attitude 10 times out of 10. He’d rather work with someone who is exceptional at what they do even if they are jaded or otherwise hard to be around. He says that early on when he tended to hire cheerful people he found out that too often that was a mask for incompetence.