SPOTLIGHT SCOTT HUTCHINSON
Scott Hutchinson is recognized as a passionate advocate and philanthropist for the local music industry and is the chairman of Hutchinson Builders.
A family company that is 104 years old that is trending as one of the leaders in the building industry nationally that is worth is 2.6 Billion. In 2018 Scott was ranked 36 in Queensland’s 100 most influential people by The Courier-Mail for his position in the building industry and support for the Brisbane music scene.
I am thrilled that Scott is my spotlight as we got to chat on many things and his genuine love of live music and the fact that he has backed up finance of $45 Mill to build Fortitude Music Hall where we are today sitting in his private room, that has lots of his treasures which resembles a lot of Scott and where he been. The Brisbane Lord Mayor Business Awards gave Scott the Lifetime Achievement Award last year 2019.
“Scott is a businessman who is sharp real unique and has a generous spirit”. He has a passion for the environment the young people and the adventure he shares with his family, workers, mates, and clients in his world.
1. Tell us what is like being you Scott Hutchison growing up?
Well, growing up, I was at my father’s building company looking at what he did and to follow him and lived very normal and suburban life and not much else back then as to nowadays I have the resources to do what I can do. The company has gone through many ups and downs, and my father had to rescue it in the ’60s. Nowadays, we are spread Nationally, and I don’t have much to do with it as I am the chairman, but our GM is one of the best, and we have an amazing turnover.
2. Who were your strong mentors throughout your life?
My Father always has been, but also one or two lecturers in the MBA, the business master’s degree at the University of QLD. Sam Vuillard, who ran the human resources, is one standout and found him enlightening, but nobody else I held up but must say I do look up to Richard Branson he is a lot of fun and most enjoyable.
3 You are Responsible in putting the back up to two major music venues The Trifffid and Fortitude Music Hall.
Brisbane needed a Festival Hall back in the heart of the city and some vision, and with master creatives who I started back at The Triffid John Collins, and Paul Piticco, we got Fortitude created. Both venues don’t make financial returns, but they are suited to size as Fortitude has a capacity of 3500 that allows us to attract international and local acts in the city instead of on the edge. Next on the cards is Riverstage, and we going to have a go-to see if we can make some changes there and its in tender.
4. What is real to you?
I feel it is doing what you going say, and being who you are to say you’re going to be…. that being real.
5. Tell us about your Pinball passion side to you?
Yes, that is simple as it started back in the 70s, where my grandmother lived on the Gold Coast Surfers Paradise, and I used to go on holiday stays, and she had access to Fun Parlours, and I just thought these games were the greatest thing ever. I remember hearing Elton John had one at his house and I thought I love to have one in my house and then my girlfriend who is now my wife bought me one for 30th Birthday, which I still have! My son Jack has studied and practised national meets, and he got ranked No 7 in Australia. An interesting fact is that more money was put into Pinball between the ’50s to the end of the 70s than movie tickets, so it was immensely popular. Nowadays there is a fantastic revival of Pinball and here in Brisbane and a great bar called Neverworld and my son has a percentage in it, and it’s a great night out with lots of different machines.
6. How many Pinballs Machines do you have?
With a large grin, Scott says I think it’s between 40 and 50, but they are spread around our offices and clients, but if there is a good one coming up, I will get it. My favorites ones are Cobwebs and are in my collection from the 70s, and of 16 of those made, I have 13 of them.
Over the years, my mates with clients and I have been going to festivals overseas since 2004, but in 2010 we hit Burning Man and said this is the one! I have been going to this one ever since. Its one of those festivals that is too good to be true and even to explain. I have been to ten of them now.
8. What else is on the agenda for 2020?
I have pined out a lot, and often I go to Southwest, it is the world’s biggest music conference. I do go to one or two locally and try to take our office staff to the festivals when in the town. In Melbourne, we go to Laneway, and then Adelaide, to one of the festivals there. Just last week, we took all the Sydney crew to see U2. A good night out but must say Bono got a bit preachy. Burning Man, we get our tickets soon for next year, and my wife and I go to the FIB beach festival for four days in Benicàssim and a mate and I will go to a festival called Garbetts.
9. You also are known to be a huge Punk fan and have a favourite artist?
Iggy Pop is my favourite! He is punk music. There no progression past the 60s with Iggy Pop. Live, he is still as good as he’s ever been. I saw him this year at the Opera House and also Byron Bay at Blues Festival, and its been 20 times now I have seen him. Just keeps on getting better, and he is 72 years.
10. What are your like’s and dislikes?
I stay in with music on this as I have never grown out of wanting to go out and celebrate seeing a band and have a good night out, and that’s never left me. Dislike is the hassle you have to have to go out to have a good time. The traveling time out, the ques, the scanning, and “lockout laws” which are unnecessary; as I think a good night should have 6 or 7 good phases to it, people who don’t go out do not understand that, and then they make laws for the people that do go out. The laws are directed to the young guys, and it dreadfully as to the fact that my age group of people is constant in telling the youth what to do and wondering when they will really rebel. I think it’s also dreadful as to our Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk are doing. For me, I do not mind putting my credibility on the line as I dressed as Oliver Cromwell, and it went over media heads as they thought I was a leprechaun, which I thought later they don’t teach British history in schools anymore. O well!
NOTE. It was a few days later on this interview that NSW premier had lifted the laws for lockouts laws, and maybe QLD may follow up in hope.
Update QLD MUSIC AWARDS has nominated as best metro venue and to vote go here.
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PHOTOS .. supplied by Brisbane Council, Hutchinson, and Caroline Russo