Clayton Hutson is one of the luckiest people in the world. He does what he loves, engineering and live shows. He is an artist and a creator who gets to work with many of the top talents in the music world. He gets to travel and party with them, while remaining the true force behind the scenes. He is the man the stars rely on to make them sound their best when they are performing concerts live in front of their fans. He does not experience the fame and fan adulation the stars receive, but he also does not suffer the risk of losing popularity and becoming out of date or out of fashion. He doesn’t have to worry about his appearance or about growing old. He doesn’t have to give interviews. He just has to do what he loves, using his technical expertise to enhance the talents of the stars to give the fans the experience of a lifetime.
One of his favorite brands of consoles is DiGiCo. On a tour with Aaron Lewis, the founder and frontman of Staind following his debut solo album, Hutson wanted a console small enough to store under the touring bus or even to check as baggage when they flew to a performance date. Hutson wanted to be in control of how Lewis sounded to his fans, not at the mercy of local production companies and in-house systems with less than optimal equipment. Hutson would function on this tour as both the FOH/Monitor engineer and the Production & Tour Manager. Hutson is a true professional. He gives his best to every performer he works with, and so he does not accept a result that doesn’t serve the performer and the fans. He needed to bring his own console, but he didn’t have many options because the tour did use both buses and planes, and he had to remain under budget.
Luckily, Hutson had read about the DiGiCo SD11. The 19″ version is the smallest console made by DiGiCo, as well as the least expensive. Yet it offered all the DiGiCo functionality Hutson already knew about, wanted and expected. Therefore it seemed the perfect solution. Best of all, it offered the features and sonics Hutson needed. And he knew he could rely on DiGiCo, so he took an SD11 out for its field debut on the tour with Aaron Lewis. Although small, it performed like a champ. Learn more: https://twitter.com/hutson_clayton