After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Design, and from the Stephen M. Boss School of Business at the University of Michigan with an MBA degree, Clay Hutson began working in the entertainment industry as a production manager for Get A Grip Touring, a company he’s been with since 1999, and he later became the Vice President of Production for Ronin Event Creative in 2001. Over the years, he has been responsible for putting live shows together for music artists such as Pink, Kanye West, Guns ‘N Roses and Jennifer Nettles. He has also worked as the stage manager for the legendary singer and musician Prince.
One of the things Clay Hutson says he tries to do when helping artists put on an enjoyable live show is take their thoughts and feelings into consideration so that they can create a unique experience for their audiences. He has been known to work tirelessly to make sure that the artists’ stage performances are memorable and fulfilling. He feels that since he has been a part of the entertainment and tour production industry for a long amount of time, he usually knows what’s going to work and what’s not going to work. He expressed that in order to handle his production duties effectively, he likes to stay 3 steps ahead of himself. When he has a tour to work on, he gets out of bed at 6:30 am and goes over his schedule, then he makes detailed plans so he’ll be prepared for what direction he’ll need to take in order to help his clients put on their best shows.
Clay Hutson is currently working on Kid Rock’s Red-Blooded Rock N Roll Redneck Extravaganza Tour, which is the controversial entertainer’s 2nd US tour in 2018, and he’s also managing the 2018 world tour of singer Halsey, which is called The Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour. The talented production manager says that one of the trends he is most excited about in the music industry today is the technological advances that are now being used when it comes to live music.
DJ and artist Alex Pall is a member of The Chainsmokers. He was interviewed by Mathias Rosenzweig. He’s asked about his background in music and the band’s goals. Mathias asks about band mate Andrew Taggart. Alex talks about how they met, and how they will continue to make their mark on the music scene.
Mathias asks Alex about his background, and how he got started in music. Alex explains that he started as a DJ performing gigs in New York City. It was just a hobby, but he wanted more. That’s where fellow DJ Andrew Taggart comes in. “ It was love at first sight,” Alex said.
Andrew was performing on the side. He drove from Maine to New York City, and met Alex Pall. They both had a similar vision. Change the electronic music scene. Four years later they’re still an ever-changing and unique duo.
Alex explains how they wanted their music to stand out. He didn’t want another shallow party song. It had to be personal. Examples like “ Waterbed Roses” and “Don’t let me down” are how The Chainsmokers blur lines between genres.
They talk about what it was like to work with Halsey on the song ” Closer ”. Alex explains how true she is to herself. ” Those are the types of artists we want to work with,” he said. Andrew added his own vocals to ” Closer “. Alex says it’s rare for groups to co-write, sing, and produce their work.
Alex is asked about demographics. They have a variety of fans. He claims this pushes their live shows. They keep pushing to create new experiences for the audience. They won’t be complacent. ” It’s very much that type of hustle right now,” he said. The Chainsmokers will stay on the forefront of the scene.
2013 launched the careers of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, better known as The Chainsmokers, when they released a self-proclaimed “annoying ass record” #Selfie. While #Selfie hit the Top 20 on Billboard, peaking at number 16, it received mixed reviews. Still, it garnered much attention and the song hit the charts in several countries and the success, albeit unexpected, prompted the release of the band’s first EP Bouquet in 2015 with the leadoff single aptly called Roses.
The Chainsmokers continued to turn heads and garner attention putting out single after single and joining forces to collaborate with some of the biggest names on the music scene. There were projects with Daya, Swedish singer Charlee and the number one Platinum hit Closer with Halsey. They started selling out notable venues such as Red Rocks and winning awards including two American Music Awards.
Now five years later the EDM DJ duo are continuing to consistently put out hit singles and change the landscape of music. Only three months into 2018 The Chainsmokers have released two new singles starting with Sick Boy in January and Everybody Hates Me which dropped last week. The new songs take a darker view of life in the limelight, showing the frustration and anger towards the world at large from The Chainsmokers viewpoint.
Part of the appeal of The Chainsmokers is their ability to catapult their success across multiple musical genres including pop, hip-hop, and dance. It’s not surprising to note that the band takes inspiration from a variety of fellow musicians citing Blink 182, Taylor Swift and Taking Back Sunday as strong influences.
What comes next for Taggart and Pall? They want to continue pushing the envelope and creating new sounds. Settling has never been an option for them and multiple new singles are set to be launched this year. No matter what happens, you can bet that The Chainsmokers will continue to blaze new ground and set fire to what came before.