Clay Hutson is a Nashville, Tennessee entrepreneur in the music industry. He opened his own live entertainment production firm a decade ago that offers its services to people mainly in the music industry although he does sometimes to corporate entertainment events. He says that he learned all the tools of the trade earlier in his career while working for other businesses and so he felt the time was right to go into business for himself.
He says that while he does corporate entertainment, and once worked for a time on preacher Billy Grahams traveling show, his heart belongs to rock n’ roll. He has been on a huge amount of tours over the year and is very experienced in designing, managing, and producing live events. During the course of his professional career has worked for some big names including Pink, Kid Rock, and Guns N’ Roses.
In a recent interview, Clay Hutson says that he has lately been doing a lot of stage management. He handles the whole operation from getting equipment set up to breaking it all down once the curtain comes down. He says he constantly double checks his work so that everyone remains safe and nothing he or his crew does negatively impact the show in any way.
When choosing who to add to his crew Clay Hutson says he will always take someone talented in their job over someone that is nice and politically correct. He doesn’t really care if someone is rough around the edges as long as they can do their jobs correctly. He says that if someone is really good at their jobs that means they really care about it and find it to be one of their passions in life.
He says he has worked with a lot of really enthusiastic people over the years that weren’t any good at what they do for a living. They’re really polite but also really incompetent. Clay Hutson says he’s better off hiring an older, beaten-down employee than a young inexperienced person who goes about the day with their head in the clouds.
Ryan Seacrest is a new resident of New York City but isn’t new to a fast paced lifestyle. He recently came to New York from Los Angeles to co-host “Live” alongside Kelly Ripa. Besides his new gig on the morning show he produces hit shows like “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “American Idol,” which gave him his start in show business. You might have heard his voice on your commute hosting his nationally syndicated radio show. Outside of show business he also has a clothing line and a skin care line. He also founded the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, a non-profit committed to inspiring today’s youth in entertainment and education. Needless to say, Seacrest has a lot of plates spinning.
How does he keep up according to nytimes.com? Like the rest of us, he is learning to balance work and personal life. He’s learned to be disciplined and structure his day in order to manage his impressive workload. Surprisingly, Seacrest’s morning starts in a pretty normal way. His alarm clock wakes him up bright and early, and he showers and shaves before treating himself to matcha tea and coffee. He has learned to feel comfortable with fitting in time for exercise, and boxing is his current go to fitness routine. Seacrest, the TV host and producer, catches up on the news before work and on his commute, taking a car to free up his time.
As per Forbes.com, his key to success, however, has been training himself to prioritize and organize his day. Like everyone else, Seacrest is human and only has so many hours in a day to fit everything in. Different times of the day are designated for different activities in order to keep from being ruled by immediate demands. For example, the afternoon is dedicated to long term projects. This also means scheduling in time for food, wine and socializing on the weekends. Sometimes being disciplined means taking time off from work. He sets aside time to put aside the phone in order to cut out distractions and rest and recoup when necessary.
Following the release of the Chainsmokers song “Closer” there was a need to find out more of this dynamic duo. This track was unique in it’s release because it was their first track that featured Andrew Taggart, one half of the duo, as a lead singer. The decision to sing on this track was part of the duo’s plan to evolve their sound to a constantly changing audience. Interview Magazine’s Mathias Rosenzweig sat down with Alex Pall, the second half, shortly after the song’s release to gain insight on the groups history and plans.
Alex and Andrew had been a match made in heaven from the very beginning. They met while both pursuing DJ and producing careers and they had similar goals, creative ideas, and work ethic. Even a few years after their initial success, Alex Pall has been quoted saying “it’s constantly a journey of self-discovery and checking yourself, and we kind of always questioned those things.” The duo is regularly questioning their creative decisions to make sure all are true to their identity.
The decision to sing on their own track was a very unique decision, especially for an electronic group. When asked about it by Mathias, Alex expresses that both he and Andrew had a strong desire to be more a part of their own music. The norm as of now is that electronic artists produce tracks, song-writers write the lyrics, and generally a well known singer will sing them. They wanted to change that. Unlike many other electronic artists they wanted to produce one cohesive album rather than a few bangin’ tracks.
The decision to work collaboratively with Halsey on “Closer” was an easy decision for them. In the interview, Alex Pall said that the group admires her strong voice and individuality. After the release of this song, Alex Pall said he felt the groups identity was solidifying more than ever. The Chainsmokers were reaching music listeners from all over the world, and of all ages and genders. The duo is excited to see where their new-found reach will take them.
Lawrence Bender has had such a robust career as a film producer that it is difficult to narrow down his best works to one movie. One of the films that Lawrence Bender will be perhaps best known for is his role in producing Pulp Fiction. This cult classic was quite the edgy piece when it was first released. It has withstood the test of time as one of the most often quoted and referenced movies across generations. Lawrence Bender’s role in packaging some dynamic and poignant scenes cannot be understated. While there are plenty of scenes that elicit a guttural laugh, the overall production of the movie is so cutting-edge and innovative that the viewer is never able to completely relax into the script. This makes for an engaging and thought-provoking experience for the duration of the film.
Lawrence Bender has worked closely with Quentin Tarantino throughout his decades of producing top-quality films. His breakout film was Reservoir Dogs, which skyrocketed both Tarantino and Bender to almost instant fame. Bender was born in New York but grew up in New Jersey. He began a career in civil engineering and then switched to dance at The University of Maine. Unfortunately, Bender suffered a career-ending injury, and he had to look to expand into other performing arts opportunities.
Although Bender is primarily known for his work behind the camera, he is also keen on doing some cameo roles in his productions. For example, in Inglourious basterds: Volume 2, he played a restaurant patron in one scene. He has been recognized from multiple organizations for his excellence behind the camera. He was nominated three separate times for Best Picture from the Academy Awards. In addition, Bender was nominated for Best Film in 1995 for Pulp Fiction by the BAFTA Awards. He was the winner of the ACCA Best Most Picture award in 2009 for his work on Inglorious Bastards. Bender has branched out beyond film and is also the producer of major television series and documentary series. He is currently working on a documentary series featuring Nine Inch Nails and their 2007 album.
Anyone who has ever attended a concert to see their favorite singer or to see their favorite band perform can probably remember having the experience of being in awe of not just the prowess of the person performing but the quality of the visuals that the entertainer used to enhance their performance. Whether a performer has sets that are as intricate as the one pop mega star Beyonce uses or as subdued as the set design that one might find at an indie rock concert all entertainers who perform live depend on the creativity and the skills their production team in order to bring their music to life in a way that will entertain and awe the people attending their concert. Whether entertainers want to incorporate live effects such as production design that will allow them to look as though they are rising out of the ground or giant LCD screens that will project images behind, entertainers look to professionals like Clay Huston to make the creative visions that they have for their live performances and tours come to life.
Clay Huston is a production manager and live sound engineer who has spent his career ensuring that the behind the scene details that go into producing a concert run smoothly so that the performers he has worked for can focus on making their performances the best they can be. Clay Huston has worked on the tours of entertainers such the rock band Garbage and the pop band OneRepublic. Clay Huston was hired by Garbage to serve as a monitor engineer for their Bleed Like Me Tour in the mid-aughts. Garbage’s Bleed Like Me tour had 78 tour dates across the United States, Canada,Europe and Australia.
The Bleed Like Me Tour by the rock band Garbage is not the only tour that Clay Huston has lent his professional acumen to as production management professional. Clay has also served as a member of the production team that was behind the tour for a contemporary pop band that is called OneRepublic. OneRepublic is a popular band that is known for their high energy upbeat rock music that reflects the lead singer’s background as a musician who got his start performing in church. The band OneRepublic is known for songs such as Counting Stars and good life. Clay Huston served as the automation manager for the OneRepublic 2017 Honda Civic Tour according to the website Entertainment Technology News. Clay Huston is also skilled in logistics management, production management, production design, stage management and rigging. Learn more: http://www.etnow.com/news/2017/8/ver-drives-onerepublics-honda-civic-tour-production