The LED screens at concerts seem to be getting bigger. Stage production seems to be getting bigger. Lasers, smoke, holograms and projections mark the modern live music experience and it all seems to be getting more complicated. It forces one to wonder — how does this all come together?
That’s where Clay Hutson comes in. He is a Nashville-based concert producer with the best work ethic in the music industry. He’s the guy that puts all of the fire, lasers, smoke, holograms, projections and screens together for your enjoyment. He’s been on the road since 1999 and he knows how all of the lights, sound and trinkets work. He’s the guy that you want on your side when looking to give the audience an experience they’ll never forget.
Clay is currently working on the Kid Rock concert tour. He shows up at the venue just after 6:00 a.m. to begin planning. He sits down to parcel out each required task and begins delegating responsibility to his crew. But that’s not all that he plans.
In a recent interview, Clay claims to plan out even the most minute details of his own day. This work ethic and attention to detail are done for preparation. In an industry that is fraught with surprises, Clay is always prepared. It ensures that everything goes off without a hitch during the performance.
It’s amazing to think that those visually stunning stages are erected and torn down in a single day, but that’s Clay’s life. He loves the energy and ingenuity it requires. And that’s why, if you catch them in the crowd during the show, you’ll see him with an intent to look on his face. But, if you look closely, he’s not paying attention to the performance.
Instead, Clay is looking at the stage to develop an exit strategy. He’s planning all of the tasks required to break the stage down after the performance. As soon as the crowd starts shuffling towards the exit, Clay begins to delegate responsibilities. There are storage solutions and break down tasks that are complicated and must be performed with efficiency to get everything loaded up for the next show.
Clay Hutson has some big ideas for the shows of the future. He thinks that the distractions of giant screens will taper off in the near future. And he envisions an era of wowing audiences with artistically clever visuals.
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