Clinton Hutton

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Where are you currently based?
Wynyard North West Coast Tasmania.

How did you first start playing music?
I was in grade 8 when I really started getting into music, in particular Metallica, ACDC and all that good 80’s metal stuff. I fell in love with guitar then and it has been my passion ever since.

What’s been happening recently?
I am always playing music every weekend as a full time job but I have started to put a lot more time and energy into writing and recording my music of late. I’ve been working with other musicians on their music as a producer as well.

Your single ‘Can’t Handle Losing’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
I really wanted to write an upbeat rock song that was catchy and fun to play. I love the crunchy guitar tones of Malcom Young from ACDC and the huge sounding gang vocals of Queen, it’s fair to say I’ve got a bit of these influences in this track for sure.

How did you go about writing Can’t Handle Losing?
For me, it all starts with a good riff or two and then the rest of the song just comes together. Most times it’s as simple as just getting that verse and chorus riff down. My biggest challenge has always been coming up with unique and interesting topics to sing about but thankfully, this song came together quite easily in the end. I’ve sat on many song ideas for literally years but this is one of those songs that was written quickly, probably because I was all inspired up at the time.

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who did you work with?
I recorded the song from my home studio back in April 2022 when I was in Isolation with Covid. Thankfully I had very minimal symptoms so I got to use my time productively. I made all the decisions, played all the instruments, recorded, mixed and mastered the song from home during that week. It truely was an independent project.

How did you approach the recording process?
The best thing about having a decent recording setup at home is you can work when it suits you. Because I was in lock down and had a whole week to myself, the process was really enjoyable. I like to work in blocks of time and basically mix the song as I go. I’d record drums then take a break, come back later in the evening and then do Bass. Next morning I’d tweak anything if I needed to and then record all the guitars, take a break and then do vocals that night. The final mix and mastering stage takes the most time for me but my skills and confidence has got much better so I feel at ease doing it all solo these days.

Please tell us about your home studio setup?
My home recording setup is very simple but gets the job done. I have a good room that’s fairly well sound treated so I can record all instruments in that space as well as mix. I use minimal gear as possible, no outboard preamps or expensive microphones, just good computer and DAW with some nice plugins that gets me decent results.

Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Australian music from the late 90’s to the 2010’s of late. I’ve been enjoying revisiting classic bands like Powderfinger, Jet, Grinspoon, The Living End and Thirsty Merc but there are some ripper new comers I love such as Captives, Luca Brasi, Big Alcatraz and Verticoli.

What do you like to do away from music?
I love playing sports like Golf and Squash. I enjoy a good hike and just hanging with my family, that all keeps me happy.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2022 going into 2023?
Lots of gigs, lots of writing and recording new music and lots of Golf!

Favourite food and place to hangout?
I can’t go past a green eggs breakfast from the coolest cafe “Bruces Cafe” in my hometown of Wynyard. I love hanging out in the wilderness of Cradle Mountain region, could spend all my days there no problems.

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