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.