Enough is never enough and like DOPE in the literal sense people want a stronger product. Like everything else music is always going to evolve and it is a business that sustains with young talent. Love or hating the new is not going to stop it. If anything Tacoma’s HDxMulla stay intent on the ability to create and let the rest figure itself out. Consisting of HD (Gary Ferguson) X Mulla (Anthony Sellers) the two bring that a popular sound that has success outside the region with their own regiment of club/trap/chopped/screwed sounds. Like many new producers the resume is growing but the two recently gave insight on local music, where they want to go as producers, as well as their thoughts on being labeled digital based producers.
Who is HDxMulla?
Gary Ferguson (H.D.) Anthony Sellers (Mulla)
What is the significance of the names?
Well my name is HD and his is Mulla and we figured if you put an X in the middle because it looks dope.
Your both from Tacoma?
Yeah, we both grew up all around the 253. Lakewood, U.P. Tacoma, and Parkland areas.
How you feeling being two young producers coming from Tacoma. Do you feel it is a city that is kind of behind the times musically?
We just have a huge variety of people doing their own thing. I would say unique, not really behind the times.
Do you find it hard working with artists locally?
No, its easy to work with the locals, but our main focus is spreading our name and working all over the states and internationally.
What made you want to become producers?
“Making Shit Is Hella Tight”
What kind of equipment do you use to make your beats?
Fruity Loops studio! We don’t really mess with anything else to be honest. Sometimes we mess with reason.
What is essential when making beats?
If you were to describe your sound as producer what would you compare it to? Do you have a signature sound?
We try to keep it original and make new sounds. We don’t have a signature sound yet but that’s something that comes with time and making more beats.
Can you guys do it all or do you kind of stick to one type of style?
We can do it all we like to explore hella different genres.
Who are some artists you have produced for?
Stunnaman From The Pack, Seattle Rappers Tee Gee, MackNed, Tacoma Rappers Dula, Aye Bizz, StunnaKid, KD, Dari Loso, Dsean P. Shit hella people from Tacoma.
Do you have a preference when it comes to working with artists? Local? National? Style?
We’re trying to work with everybody we can right now, staying open minded because you never know who might blow up these days.
Music changes so much how do you evolve as producers to keep current?
Were young so I guess its not really hard to stay current.
Favorite Producers and why?
Mulla: Dilla, Lex, HD: Lex Luger, Dr. Dre, Madlib
Favorite Beat Of All Time?
HD: Lil B’s Fuck Me produced by Galaxy Beats x Dree the Drummer
As a collective what is HDxMulla’s goal?
To make dope music and get rich off of it.
What are some upcoming projects we may hear some production on?
You’ll see us do a few songs with Ghetty (@illst8gohard), Raider Klan’s Young Simmie “Basement music” mixtape, and of course Mulla’s mixtape “Insha Mulla” coming December 21st.
Is production the primary, do you guys offer any other services or talents?
Mulla does web design, mixtape covers. As a team we engineer, mix/master and host mixtapes. We do a little bit of everything.
Your still young in the game but any particular story you can tell people reading this interview in which you learned something in this business the hard way?
If you really want to be something in this game you have to be dedicated, work 20 hour shifts back to back in the studio if you have to. Nothing comes easy.
No producers like to work for free but as producers you sometimes have to sacrifice to make a name for yourselves. What is your approach to potential clients and trying to work with established artists?
We always try to work with established artists even if that might mean giving out a free beat or whatever, but for the most part we see this as a job not volunteer work.
New producers sometime get flack from old school producers due to things like Fruity Loops versus real equipment what are your thoughts on this?
All this new technology makes the music making process more time efficient and that’s great if you can still appreciate the real equipment and understand it.
When it comes to sampling is it something you encourage as a producer or like to be completely original?
Hip hop started from sampling, to us that’s the first step in becoming a producer is learning how to sample and understanding loops and tempo, all that.
For people interested how can they get in contact with you for production or other services?
HDxMulla – In The Backwood
HDxMulla – Broke Rachets
HDxMulla – Dancin 4 These Dollas
HDxMulla – Stuntin On Yo Bitch