Desiree Perez One of Music’s Most Powerful

A native of New York City, Roc Nation COO Desiree Perez is as tough as nails. Des, as she is called by friends, has been named by Billboard Magazine as one of the most powerful women in the music industry. The accolade has been a long time coming for Perez, as she has been a powerful force in the industry for over 20 years. To those who have worked with her and for her, Perez is as tough and business-minded as they come.

Des managed a number of night clubs and entertainment venues in New York for nearly 20 years, which is how she met and became friends with rap mogul Jay-Z. Jay-Z quickly recognized Perez’ business acumen and made her the COO of his company, SC Enterprises. When he decided to launch Roc Nation in 2009, he made her the COO of that company as well. The move may have raised some eyebrows to those on the outside but to those who knew the talent that Perez had were not surprised.

She quickly took to her role at the company, being the lead negotiator in a number of deals over the next decade. She was the principal negotiator in both Rihanna’s deal with Samsung and Beyonc√©’s deal with Foundation Stadium. She is known around the industry as a sly executive who always gets the better end of the deal. This was never more apparent than in January of 2017 when she made a deal with Sprint on behalf of Roc Nation’s new music streaming service, TIDAL. The deal gave Sprint a 33% stake in the service for $200 million and gave TIDAL exclusivity for the company’s 45 million customers.

Perez prefers to stay out of the public eye although she is now being recognized as one of the most powerful people in music.

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A Look At How Clayton Huston Has Worked Behind The Scenes In The Music Industry

Clayton Huston is an event production manager who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He has also been an event producer as well as a rigger for many musical acts over the years. He is said to be very passionate about what he does for a living who also takes safety very seriously. Over the course of his career he has worked on every facet of putting on a concert such as driving equipment trucks as well as handling lighting and audio duties. Today he spends most of his time while on tour doing things like serving behind the console, marking the floor for where equipment should be placed, and otherwise doing whatever it takes for a concert to be a resounding success.

Over the past 20 years Clayton Huston has worked with many artists of different stripes. He has been chosen as the production manager for some of musics biggest acts, such as Prince, Alice in Chains, Pink, Guns n’ Roses, and The Smashing Pumpkins among others. He once even served as the production manager for the televangelist Billy Graham.

Clayton Huston has also performed work as a monitor engineer. Some of the people he has worked with in this capacity are Garbage, Velvet Revolver, Kelly Clarkson, Backstreet Boys, Boston, Gwen Stefani, and others.

As a tour rigger Clayton Hudson has worked with Velvet Revolver, Boston, Alice in Chains, Stand, and Marilyn Manson. Among the arenas he has rigged are the Opryland Convention Center, Bridgestone Arena, Saginaw Civic Center, and the Palace of Auburn Hills. Learn more: https://www.clayhutson.com

It was in the state of Michigan that Clayton Huston was born and raised. He attended Central Michigan University where he graduated with degrees in theatre design and technical production. Later on he went to the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan where he got his masters in business management.

One of Clayton Hudson’s career highlights was the helping the Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Games. He was a technical consultant for these Olympics, which were held in Brazil, over the course of almost two and a half years. His experienced handling the technical aspects of holding a live event were highly prized by those who sought out his advice on how best to approach matters.