Hutch was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He worked for many different punk rock bands during the 1980s before being hired to do sound for Kyuss. In the aftermath of the break-up of Kyuss, guitarist Josh Homme brought him along to his new project, Queens of the Stone Age. Hutch was subsequently responsible for recruiting Dave Catching to the band as a touring guitarist in 1998, thereby starting the latter's professional relationship with Homme which would later culminate in the Desert Sessions and continue in Eagles of Death Metal.
Hutch, along with Homme and Seattle-based artist Wayne Sherman, was a key progenitor of the Secret Wall Tattoo art project, whereby the trio would leave elaborate illustrations and paintings behind picture frames in hotel bedrooms.