Clayton Hutson Outlines What It’s Like To Be A Tour Manager For Rock Band

It takes a lot of skill, dedication, and education to become a tour manager in the live performance industry. Many tour managers know the details of every position under them because they’ve been in those positions themselves in the past. They also have to stay up with the very latest technology because if you don’t your skillset rapidly becomes obsolete. The primary job while being a tour manager on the road is making sure that every detail is handled and that things are smoothly handled for everyone involved.
Clayton (Clay) Hutson is a tour manager with his own company. He earned a university degree in theatre design before entering the industry as an underling. He says that before he became a tour manager he performed in many positions that take place behind the scenes of a live music act. This includes being a sound engineer, a project manager, an automation operator, and more.
Over the course of his professional career Clayton Hutson has worked with some of the biggest acts in the music industry like Guns’n’Roses, Lady Gaga, Pink, OneRepublic, and Garbage. He is presently handling Kid Rock’s tour of the United States. For this tour he is doing stage management. He says one of the demands of this position is getting to where the concert is going to be held before anyone else is paramount. He needs to time to do things like complete a walk-through and lay out the plan for himself and the crew that works for him.
Clayton Hutson says that he has learned over the course of his career that he would rather surround himself in his business with people who are competent rather than nice and polite. He says he found out that a lot of people that are enthusiastic and kind but they’re not very good at what they do. Meanwhile, he’s come across people who have been beaten up a bit and are a bit rough but they are extremely good at what they do and can get their jobs done dependably. He’s found it’s best to hire the latter group of people and give the former ones a pass.¬†Learn more:¬†