Ann Nolan

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Clay Hutson – The Rare Gem of the Music Industry

Clay Hutson attended college for theatre design. He then worked for various companies in positions such as sound engineer and project manager. Clay decided to branch out on his own when the last recession hit his employer hard. He knew this decision was a risk but knew he had the confidence, skill, and talent to create his own successful business.

Having his own production management company has not been easy, but hard work has been his key strategy for growing his business. Clay has developed a strong, stable reputation within the industry and has worked for many well-known performers such as Pink, Guns N Roses, and Kid Rock.

Clay repeatedly checks his work for mistakes that could compromise safety or diminish the quality of a show. He is also serious about paying attention to the smallest detail. Organization and planning are essential. Clay says that one serious error could damage his reputation and career for the rest of his life. He is not afraid of working long hours, which has enhanced his reputation among performers.

When Clay needs motivation, he likes to reread quotes he has written down. Some of his favorites came from Thomas Jefferson or Vince Lombardi. He finds a W.C. Fields quote about persistence and knowing when to give up on a plan that is not working amusing.

Exciting new technology has captured his interest, and he likes to be creative and try new things such as acrobatics and jaw-dropping stunts. Clay appreciates artistic creativity over a bigger better video screen. Technology has also brought about lighter, brighter more mobile lighting systems.

If Clay had advice for his younger self, he says it would be always put your family before anything else, and evaluate everything with complete honesty, even when it is difficult. He has overcome failures and held to some beliefs that contradict others in his industry, but he has always managed to move forward continuing to do what he loves.

Alex Pall Answers Questions about his Music and Halsey

Alex Pall is one half of the collective known as The Chainsmokers. He met his musical partner in 2014 when his former partner bailed on him; his manager introduced him to Andrew Taggart, a music producer from Maine.

After the release of their most popular song to date, “Closer,” Alex Pall sat down for an interview with the late Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine. The interview revolved around questions about the singer Halsey, the new single, and Andrew Taggart’s future role with the band.

But the first topic of the interview was Pall and Taggart’s origin story. Pall was DJing around New York City, and Andrew Taggart was doing the same up north. Pall’s manager, who also knew about Taggart, introduced them. The two became a working unit almost instantly.

“We met and just immediately started working,” said Pall.

Pall continued, explaining how the band was certain they could co-exist as partners.

“I think we both initially knew what we brought to the table,” Pall proclaimed. “Then it became a chat about how drive and ambitious we were.”

Alex Pall concluded his answer by praising his musical partner, calling him an “incredibly talented producer.”

The interview then asked if it was difficult being a producing duo, and Andrew Taggart, who was also present for the interview chimed in.

“I think yes and no,” Taggart began. ” He went on to explain that began there was so much music that sounded the same, and it became impossible to identify particular artists, they decided to move away from dance music. This is why they started creating genre blending hit songs.

Halsey was also mentioned during the interview, with Alex Pall calling her incredible. “Closer,” the song which features Halsey, also features Andrew Taggart on vocals. This is the first time either of The Chainsmokers have performed vocals on their own song, further innovating their sound.