Award-winning producer Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II announced a new global publishing deal with BMG on Friday (April 30). The newly minted Oscar and Grammy winner earned his awards for songwriting work with longtime collaborator H.E.R. on “Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah and last summer’s soul-stirring protest anthem, “I Can’t Breathe.”
“I am excited to renew my relationship with BMG and I’m confident that this next phase will be even bigger and more memorable for our fans and collaborators,” said D’Mile in a statement to Billboard. The R&B veteran kicked off the year in a major way, working extensively with power duo Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak) in addition to his critically acclaimed work with H.E.R.
Thomas Scherer, president of repertoire and marketing at BMG said, “Behind all his success is an unmatched authenticity and unparalleled character. Coupled with his creativity, drive and determination, there is no question he will soon place an Emmy and Tony award alongside his Grammy and Oscar.”
Hailing from a musical family, D’Mile was classically trained in piano as a child before moving onto the guitar, bass and drums. When asked about his decision to pursue music, the Brooklyn native says it was destined. “I think I made my decision before I even knew what I was doing,” he told Billboard in a recent interview. “It was a part of me.”
In addition to his production and songwriting work with H.E.R. and Silk Sonic, D’Mile collaborators include Rihanna, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, Lucky Daye and Ty Dolla $ign.