As we quickly approach Yee Kuang's farewell show, few will notice that someone else will be missing. That person's name is Paul Hutchison.
The reason few will notice that Paul isn't there anymore is because Paul was After Hours' sound man. Paul is often way in the back or even upstairs, in the dark, drawing as little attention to himself as possible. But his job was super important and the sound man is always the fifth member of After Hours. Not only did Paul manage the sound, he handled the all the technical aspects as well as pointing out sound issues in the arrangements, staging, you name it.
Paul did sound for After Hours for the first time in 2016 at the Roar show.
Paul did sound for all following shows as well and with all due respect to former sound engineers before him, he was the best. We got tons of compliments on our sound from the Roar show forward but people don't realize that that has as much to do with him as it does with us. We were successful because of his skills.
Paul worked for Impact DJ, where I work and was actually the guy that hired me. Paul has moved away and therefore had to leave us and Impact DJ behind.
But as Paul always looked out for After Hours, he has left us with another great sound man, Mike Young. Or as his friends call him, Young Mike. Mike also works at Impact DJ. He began attending our shows at the Roar show and has been to every concert since. It made total sense to hand the controls over not only to a great DJ and AV technician but also to a fan of After Hours.
So if you see Mike at the show, give him a wave, acknowledge him. Because without him, well we'd be in serious trouble!
And I want to say a big thank you again to Paul, for so many things. He will truly be missed by After Hours.