Zaytoven’s new movie project Birds of a Feather featuring Gucci Mane, Rocko, Shawty Lo and Big Bank Black that drops on June 25th.
The film is being distributed by Screen Media Films, which also distributed Snow on tha Bluff. It’s only the 2nd urban film they have purchased the rights to. The film is a loose depiction of Zay’s life and also has an educational slant that gives entertainment business hopefuls a birds eye view of the perils of the industry. Additionally, Zaytoven is in the studio working with a new group that’s making noise in ATL called Migos, as well as Gucci, Young Scooter, Sean Garrett and Rocko. He also has an ebook coming out From A to Zay that is an informational guide on music production.
So you have a new movie coming out on the 25th, congrats. How did the Birds of a Feather project come about? How long did the whole process take?
It came about by me recording a mixtape with Gucci Mane and Rocko- we were tryna do a mixtape in like 2 days and it was called Birds of a Feather. While we were doing it I was recording video footage each day. Any time I made a beat or they went in the booth we would record it. That’s where the idea came from. I was looking at the footage one day and was like, ‘Man, this can be bigger than a mixtape. I want to do something like a documentary with it.’ It just ended up being a movie. It took us maybe 3 months to get all the shooting done. Al Nuke wrote and directed it and it took him about 2 weeks to write the script out.
You’ve had what seems to be an interesting career on paper, what is it like when you actually turn your life into film?
Extremely exciting because it gives me a chance to show the people who I am, what I look like and the type of person I am. A lot of people know my music and my name but don’t even know what I look like. It is nice to put a face with my name.
Was there a specific scene that you can say is your favorite in the movie?
My favorite scene, I would have to say is with Me and Al Nuke, who is my cousin and manager in the movie. We have an altercation, and get to fighting because I find out he signs my name and my publishing over to a guy on a contract without m knowing about it. That is like a turning point in the movie.
When you think about people that will love Birds of a Feather, who do you picture?
Everybody that is into music! Especially independent artists that are tryna make it in music or are already in it. Rappers, producers, songwriters, even R&B singers- that demographic will be in tune because it is their reality.
This movie is described as having an educational slant, what can be learned from this film?
It gives you things to look out for in dealing with music. You can learn the snakes and type of people to stay away from in the music industry.
So is this something like the movie version of the e-book, “A to Zay,” you are doing?
No, not really. The e-book is totally different. The book is kinda like a manual and a guide to help young producers and those who are tryna make it in the industry.
Have you found your new niche in filmmaking?
Definitely, I will be tryna do atleast one film a year. It will star all the rappers and R&B singers.
You’ve got some big things popping, what all do you have going on right now?
The movie right now is the highlight. Of course I have music going on with various artists. I really want to put a lot of emphasis on the movie and the soundtrack ‘Birds of a Feather Soundtrack’ which will be available on iTunes and Live Mixtapes.
Ok well here is an important question- if you were down to your last $20 which cd would you cop J. Cole or Kanye West?
Kanye. Kanye, for me as a producer, is the type of artist you go listen to when needing ideas. You can learn from him. He will let you know what you need to be doing just by listening to him. His is definitely a must have C.D.