From A to Zay: The Indie Guide to Music Production - Xavier Dotson

From A to Zay: The Indie Guide to Music Production

By Xavier Dotson

  • Release Date: 2015-06-02
  • Genre: Music
5 Score: 5 (From 143 Ratings)
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Description

From A to Zay: The Indie Guide to Music Production is years of successes and failures, and how you can duplicate the things I did right and avoid the things I did wrong. Let's get ready to go down the list of everything you need to know about music production (and perhaps life) from A to Zay. - Xavier Dotson

The whole key to Xavier's success, besides the obvious (God, faith, family) has always been his consistency to keep creating, whether that's making beats, writing hooks, scoring films or coming up with ideas to further promote something he is involved in. Most people want the fame and the trappings of success without sacrificing anything. In this business or in anything you do, there's a price to pay to get what you want. Whatever is easy usually doesn't have a whole lot of value to it; anybody can have it.
 
The key is to take the smallest of action steps every day and God will put the right people and situations in your life to get you to your destiny. Let me repeat that. Work on something every single day that will bring you closer to your goal. Stop wondering what you can do and start acting.
 
Start acting like the person you want to be and you will become that person.
 
My story is about having a vision. My hope is for you to discover your gifts, focus on them and work until something magical happens. Vision, writing it down and working hard and letting God do the rest.

His name alone sets the tone for who he is, what he does and the magnitude of his skill set. Super-producer Xavier "Zaytoven" Dotson copped his name from the German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven because of the many similarities the two musicians share. Both were born in Germany, both mastered the organ and piano at a young age, both boast a genuine interest in music and most notably possessed the same good foresight to align themselves with key people who could help further their careers. For Beethoven it was the dignitaries of Vienna, for Zaytoven it was Gucci Mane, king of the streets of east Atlanta.

Reviews

  • Great!

    5
    By BoodaOnDaBeat
    This book was truly a blessing and I will apply these set a rules to all expects of my life. Thank you Zay
  • Wise words

    5
    By 3llis Production
    This book is the most inspiring book I've read, and don't really read much lol. It helped me to stay true to my self and take on the path that God has for.
  • Im inspired

    5
    By Dope Engineer
    Im ready to work. Tunnel vision, networking, professionalism...just do it. This is what I've learned from Zay. Follow me at @daymoe_beats on IG to watch the journey.
  • Amazing

    5
    By Coolertazz
    This book was confirmation for me I was conflicted being a Christian and also wanting to be an artist/producer I thought God wouldn't approve but now After reading this im Sure im on the right path
  • Xavier

    5
    By Yung Gentlewoman
    This is this best book i've read. In this industry there are people who want the fame and there are people who only want to be themselves and display their talents without the extra cameras. Keep God first in everything that you do. Work always. -Big Tempo V
  • Simply Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5
    By BS Mojo
    Great book... I recommend anyone who is a rapper, songwriter, producer, or just a fan of zaytoven in general should real this book especially for inspiration. I am a soon to be music producer and it all started after listening to Zaytoven and Gucci Mane back in 2006. From The lyrics Guwop said to the piano cord and 808's Zaytoven used in his music sparked the inspiration for me to make beats. I love how he always referred to God and family as his reasoning to striving for more and keep getting better when in my opinion he is already the best. There were also parts of the book that i think each reader can relate to because I personally was able to relate to a number of things such as the love for piano and saving money to buy quality equipment to produce a better sound.
  • Great Book!

    5
    By Rello FNB
    One of the best books I've read in my entire life, very inspirational!!!
  • Awesome Book for Upcoming Producers

    5
    By A.L.P.O.
    ZAY lays it all out on the table in this book for any rookie or veteran producer trying to navigate through the production game.
  • Zaytoven back at it!

    5
    By Soldier_Guy
    Hands down the book is a must for upcoming music producers and/or any music producer building their own brand from the ground up! Xavier/Zaytoven gives great insights on God, music, life and also personal growth. This book is like a "personal growth for music producers" kind of book. Great job Zay for giving us music producers a look into your personal life and also of course the music life!
  • I enjoyed this book!

    5
    By Muzik1996
    My producer and I read this book together, and the next time we're going to read a chapter a day because the information that this man is giving is worth reading.

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