How did you get started? Tell us everything!
Hey! My name is Haynes Tankersley or DJEi8hT. Jumping right into the questions, I started making music five years ago in 2015 on GarageBand on my iPhone at a very beginner level. I started making music because I always thought it'd be fun however it ended up being very difficult, but over time I got better at it. However, I always have loved music.
I was born in Daytona, Florida but currently live in Roswell, Georgia. I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock and pop music but as I grew older I listened to pretty much all genres of music but predominantly Hip Hop (Trap/Modern Hip Hop) and EDM (House, Future Bass, Trance and Techno) which are the same genres that I make now. I started taking music seriously I guess at the beginning of 2019 when I started at SAE Institute in Atlanta for audio production. And as of right now I would say I haven't had many breakthrough moments in my career thus far (except this interview.) I just love music and creative freedom when working with sound and that in music it's okay to break the rules and be different.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, YouTube, etc.)?
As far as my experience in the industry. I started teaching myself music theory in 2017 to have a better grasp of how things were supposed to sound. I went to SAE Institute for audio production for 4 months before I had to withdraw due to personal reasons. I learned a lot about making music through trial and error (and YouTube.) My favorite resources for music production have to be YouTube and friends who also create teaching each other new techniques and ways to do things differently.
What makes you decide to play a particular record during one of your sets? Is there a criteria other than pure subjectivity, for selecting what to play at a gig?
I play records that keep an overall vibe or specific feeling for the set. I guess I just play what feels right to me at that moment.
Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
I have to say my biggest musical inspiration is San Holo, the reason being that the way he goes about writing a song is so effortless. He lets it flow through him and I aspire to have that level of effortlessness instead of being so picky.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry? What are currently your main challenges as a DJ? What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?
I guess the biggest obstacle I've faced is being objective instead of super picky and specific. Like with my own music or in a set, being worried to change it up to keep it interesting.
How would you describe your sound and style?
I would describe my sound for the most part, uplifting and happy sounding. Although I have done differently, that's what I usually stick with. that "Feel Good" music that lifts you up.
What are some of your goals this year?
My biggest goal of this year is to finish my second album "Emotional Dissaray" sometime before the end of the year. And also get some collaboration work done with other artists.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
The top 3 artists I would love to work with are San Holo, RL Grime, and Rufus du Sol just because I love their style and the way they go about making music.
What is your creative process like?
Honestly, it's kind of a mess. I just keep starting new songs and ideas until one sticks, and I can fully create a finished and polished song out of it.
What’s your favorite go-to order? (food-wise)
Easy: BBQ Chicken Pizza because it's the most underrated pizza combo in the world!