Xavier L. Dotson, or Zaytoven as he is professionally known, is an American-based DJ, record producer, and pianist. He comes from Atlanta, Georgia. The oldest out of four children, Dotson, was born in Frankfurt, Germany. With his father working as a church preacher and his mother as a choir director, Zaytoven and his siblings had to learn to play instruments in church bands. Zaytoven, on the other hand, gravitated toward the piano and the organ.
Dotson was awarded a Grammy Award in the year 2011 for his immense contribution to the Usher’s v. Raymond album. He was a co-producer as well as a writer for a single along with Sean Garrett called “Papers”. The DJ and producer has collaborated with various artists such as Waka Flocka, Gucci Mane, Future and more during his production of hundreds of songs. From 2009 to 2015, the producer put out about fifteen mixtapes, and eight were produced in 2015 alone. Dotson’s ability to spot a diamond in the dirt and develop various artists into superstars has placed the certified platinum producer on a pedestal far away from the competition. The super-producer, Zaytoven got his name from a German pianist and composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Due to the numerous similarities the two musicians have in common.
Both men were born in Germany, and both mastered the piano and organ at a tender age. Also, both artists boast a sincere interest in music along with their notable foresight. This allows them to align themselves with the important people that could help promote their careers. For the pianist, Beethoven, it was all the bigwigs of Vienna. But for Zaytoven it was the king of the East Atlanta streets, Gucci Mane. Zaytoven is the embodiment of a multi-faceted musical genius.
Achievements of Zaytoven
Not only has the producer mastered playing drums, the guitar, piano by ear and organ. He’s also a talented songwriter, producer, and performer. Zaytoven, the man behind all the magic, can be considered as an instrument himself. He expresses his poetry and passion through strings, keys, and drumheads.
Even though he wears lots of hats, he wears all of them well. Continually re-inventing himself as well as his music to become a vital force in today’s entertainment industry. With Usher’s controversial hit single’s success named “Papers”, which climbed to the number one spot on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Song chart, Zaytoven has proven that he can seamlessly move from a particular genre to another. Other notables works include Def Jam’s Big Bank Black own “Try It Out” which featured Kandi and release of Plies classic song “Awesome” skyrocketing up all the Rap and Hip-Hop charts.
Some celebrated songwriters and producers have attested to his potential to join the hall of fame of the great ones. It was during his time on the U.S west coast that he was opportune to meet the rap legend known as JT the Bigga Figga. On meeting him, he began to make his authentic sound. When the dawn of a new millennium came, this aspiring entrepreneur made a move to Atlanta. He amassed adequate experience to establish his brand as a practicable producer and songwriter on the music scene. He started all this while still living with his parents. With a studio constructed in their basement for recording songs. On the side, he decided to use his hands to make some money by cutting hair.
Coincidence or determination
Like a lot of great legacies are, the barber school he was enrolled in changed the game for him. It was there that one other student introduced him to Gucci Mane. Gucci was, at that time more interested in kicking off his nephew’s career as a rapper than his own. But Zaytoven quickly took an interest in this “diamond in the rough” rapper, and the two of them connected almost immediately. They also had undeniable work chemistry.
This upcoming duo scored a big one in 2005 when Gucci Mane released a hit single called “So Icy” and featured Young Jeezy. This single peaked at number 23 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Tracks chart at the time. A lot like clay in a skilled sculptor’s hands, Zaytoven has shaped and crafted the careers of lots of popular southern artists. Some include OJ Da Juiceman for the song “Make the Trap Say, Aye”, and Yung LA on “Do It”, Scrappy “She Bad”, Yung Ralph on “About A Chick”. Other artists include The Shop Boyz on “Imma Ball”, with Gorilla Zoe on “What It Is”. The talented producer and songwriter also worked on some anthems such as street smash for Young Jeezy’s Thug Motivation 103.
Zaytoven has a knack for developing raw talent. This skill speaks volumes on the producer’s ability to recognize and also support new artists. He is helping them develop them to introduce them to a broader audience. He’s on a tough quest to expand his precincts while concurrently taking the traditional rudiments of his church culture to create a unique sound that constantly provides him with all the inspiration he needs.
With placements on Brian Casey and Brandon of an R&B Grammy-winning group of four, Jagged Edge’s debut album, along with features on Rihanna, Trey Songz, and R. Kelly’s upcoming projects, the talented producer counterpoises his union with Hip-Hop and his love for soul music and R&B. Unlike the numerous trends in the music industry that are welcomed just as swiftly as they leave, his creativity and artistry is timeless and denotes that he’s one of the best.
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