Clay Hutson is a production manager and a sound engineer. His other services include production design, rigging, logistics management, stage management, and show production. He also manages both the music and events themselves. In 2017, he was involved in the rigging of eight of Kinsey Elevation +1 systems during the OneRepublic Honda Civic Tour in 2017. The idea was to be able to move the trusses at 70,000 pounds of lighting, audio and LED panels and to improve timecode cues for everyone’s safety.
Hutson has also been a longtime user of DiGiCo consoles and got very excited when they released their first SD11 in 2011. He made sure to get his hands on one for the tour with Staind Frontman and Founder, Aaron Lewis. Staind had just released their album, Town Line and had numerous sold-out gigs in casinos, arenas, festivals, honky-tonks and churches. Hutson has monitored about every last model of DiGiCo over the years including the D5 at a Marilyn Manson concert in 2001, the SD7 at a Maxwell tour in 2010 and the SD8 on numerous one-time gigs. He stated that since Manson’s often quite volatile, using the new console was a risk but it turned out very well and he’s been a fan of DiGiCo ever since.
With the SD11, Hutson wanted to carry it all on his own, however, budget constraints limited those options. Also, due to the varying modes of travel, he needed something that could easily be carried on both tour buses and planes. The SD11 being only 19 inches did the trick. Hutson stated that control and consistency is often very hard because various regional sound companies have various models of consoles. He said that the SD11 was perfect for working to reconfigure channels, the various input and output sets. He also stated that working with casinos can be particularly difficult because they have to cater to the current theme of the house. That DiGiCo is also perfect for tailoring to that without any compromises.
Show business is a very competitive business and that doesn’t apply to just the frontman’s performance. It also applies to the theatrics around the central person such as the lighting being at the perfect level and the sound being at the perfect volume. People also really dislike fuzzy images on their television, computer, or smartphone screens. Hutson says that, as a result, it’s just as important for those who work backstage to have the right tools and knowledge to do what they do as perfectly as they can. Learn more: https://www.ver.com/featured_work/onerepublic-honda-civic-2017-tour/