For many years, sound engineer Clay Hutson served under other people. Now, he is his own boss, running Ronin Event Creative. But it is thanks to those years of working for other companies, gaining all sorts of experience in putting together shows, that has helped make Hutson and his company a success.
Not only did Hutson work on the sound for various concerts, he also wore other hats, including stage manager, project manager, and tour producer. When the company Hutson was working for began having financial trouble during The Great Recession, he decided to take all his accumulated experiences and strike out on his own. The decision proved to be a good one, as his company has been successful working with some of the biggest music stars in the world.
When asked about the key to being successful in his business, Hutson usually responds with two words . . . hard work. He has stated that he is willing to put in long hours in order to make sure everything is working correctly for a concert. Another thing Hutson does religiously is double check all the equipment and the setup to make sure it is all in perfect working order. Hutson also makes sure he has a list of every single thing needed to pull off the show. He states that even the most minor of details go on that list, and ignoring them could result in disaster. Because of this attention to detail and hard work, the musicians who have hired Hutson have praised his work ethic and professionalism. Hutson says that he cannot afford to miss any detail in a concert, as that could lead to an error and destroy his reputation. Given that he has worked at setting up concerts for acts like Kid Rock, Pink, and Guns N’ Roses, it appears Hutson has a very good reputation in the music business.