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 167 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.


  • 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.
  • Amazing!

    By Jfig90
    Read the whole book in one day, get its worth lots of knowledge
  • Dope

    By 40CAL413
    Very helpful... I recommend this book if you’re trying to start a business this book is very good.
  • Heat

    By Motor world lover
  • Great!

    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

    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

    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

    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