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
Score: 5
From 219 Ratings


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.


  • Mentally a different music producer after this read

    By Fidem Beats
    I found this book last night while I was in the Fidem Beats studio looking for inspiration to create. We sometimes look for a little bit of sauce to motivate us through this industry. This book was just what I needed, I took notes while reading and now plan to take 2019 over with my instrumental production work with new artists! This year I took Fidem Beats from a hobby to my full time job. Next year I am going to take over. Thank you Zay

    By @darealmano
    Motivating and extraordinary. Will have your spirit moving !
  • Thank You

    By AnonymousATM
    Amazing work.., And if I could I’d like to personally thank you for your contribution and help. Thank you so much Zay, I’ll see you soon. Bless.
  • From A to Zay

    By TheMechanicnamed Eddie
    Great read!!!
  • I haven’t read a book since the 6th grade until now.

    By kennyjoe28
    I don’t read books , ever. Only because I don’t have any interest in anything but when I found out my favorite producer wrote a book I was interested and had to read it. Great book Zay! One day I’ll meet you , I’m just Zaying!
  • Just what I needed as a producer

    By Wheezr
    Thank you Zay!
  • You are an inspiration Zay from 19808productions

    By Mr Soville
    Best Book hands down !!
  • Great read!

    By Ras Zion
    If you are looking for tips and tricks of material things it takes to be a producer, then this isn’t the right book. Zay talks about his relationship with God, Gucci and others, and how it got him to where he is today. He goes to describe clearly what it takes to be an indie producer in the aspect of developing oneself mentally.
  • 👍🏾

    By DecrumatizeBeats
    Great read lots of hidden 💎 great work!!
  • Great

    By Vy Moon
    This is greatness.