Clay Hutson Explains What It Means to Be a Production Manager

No matter if you are rock fan or a pop aficionado, you likely have attended a live concert or two in your life. After all, there’s nothing as enjoyable, bedazzling and interesting as seeing a live production of your favorite artists.

They could be recreating their iconic videos through elaborate sets, bringing one of a kind visual experiences to life through magnificent lightning, or simply singing their heart out in an ambience full of captivating sound systems.

But what brings all of this together?

While the artist focuses on their craft, it is the team behind them that focuses on their creativity to put up unforgettable shows. That is one of the reasons why artists ranging from Adele to Queen, and from Pink to Kid Rock can be found thanking their production crew during their tours.

On the surface, working in live production and entertainment seems like a bedazzling profession. To understand how that world looks like behind the scenes, we consulted with Clay Hutson, a live entertainment and production manager.

Clay Hutson Tells Us What Working as a Production Manager Looks Like

As an experienced production management with his own live entertainment company, Hutson has a wide breadth of experience. From sound management to stage management, and from set design to lightning formations, Hutson has done it all for artists such as Pink and Kid Rock (that we mentioned above).

Here’s what he has to say about working in production design.

Honesty is Key

A typical tour for a production manager always depends on understanding what their artist wants, and then assimilating and explaining whether creating it all in real life is possible or not.

It is by understanding the artist’s needs and translating them to real life experiences that work is how a production manager actually becomes successful at what they are set out to do.

You Have to Keep Up With the Trends

In the world of live production and especially the music industry, it is essential for the production manager to understand the latest trends in special effects, and incorporate them into a show while keeping the artist’s genre in mind.

If a production manager keeps using year old techniques to captivate their audience, then it doesn’t work, and could cost an artist a lot in terms of reputation, money, and credibility.

Putting Everything Apart is Just as Important as Putting Everything Together

Since the same fixtures have to be used at multiple venues, they have to be treated with care. This means that when a concert ends each evening, the production crew’s work starts right away.

Production mangers have to make sure that they are able to design fixtures and stages that are not only easy to assemble, but just as easy to disintegrate at the end of a show. In addition to that, a production manager has to consider the hours put into work after each concert venue has run out of its time.

Enjoying Your Work is Important

No matter if they are designing a stage for a concert or a business event, a production manager has to put their heart into it. The audience can only enjoy a show that was put together with a mindset of joy and fun – which is why it is extremely important to keep a positive attitude on the job.

Alex Pall’s New Home is Worthy of his Fame

Alex Pall, of The Chainsmokers, has been on a roller coaster ride since 2014. That’s the year Andrew Taggart and Pall released “#Selfie,” their first big hit. As of 2018, they have released near limitless hits and have been awarded a diamond plaque.

Closer” was the song that received diamond certification from the RIAA. Upon the songs release, like other musical acts, conducted interviews as a promotional method. The Chainsmokers sat down with Interview Magazine and told stories about their origins, their music making process, and their fans.

Opening the interview, Pall explained that he began DJing in New York City. He was in an art gallery when he realized how much music meant to him. It had been consuming his entire life, and it was time he took it seriously. Along with Drew Taggart, Pall began a life as a professional musician.


Pall also discussed his fans, explaining that Instagram allows him to know exactly who and where his fans are. As far as demographics go, The Chainsmoker’s fans are split almost evenly between men and women; however, their age demographics are more typical, ranging from from 16 to 25.

Alex Pall recently purchased a home worthy of a rock star. He enlisted celebrity decorator Peti Lau to assist him with his home’s decor. The result of their partnership was a 100 percent unique home. The living room houses a series of unique pieces including a John Baldessari print and an array of throw pillows. Matching lamps sit on each end of the couch providing symmetry to the design. The dining room, a stand out room in the house, is patterned with red, white, and black. The center piece of the room is the dining room of course; however, a rainbow colored painting is probably the first thing to be noticed in this room. Instead of standard dining chairs, luxurious, yet casual, pillowed lounge chairs line the table.