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Birth nameDernst Emile II
Born (1985-01-24) January 24, 1985 (age 38)
OriginNew York City, U.S.

Dernst "D'Mile" Emile II (born January 24, 1985) is an American record producer and songwriter[1] from Brooklyn, New York City. He received his first production credits on Rihanna's 2005 album Music of the Sun and Mary J. Blige's The Breakthrough in the same year. Afterward, he expanded his production work as a protégé of Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. At a young age, he was to Sean and Colin Muhammad's Medinah Entertainment, with management by Natalie Prospere.[2][3][4]

His production work with artists H.E.R. and Lucky Daye was nominated for seven Grammy Awards in 2020.[5] D'Mile became the first songwriter in Grammy history to win Song of the Year two years running. He won in 2021 as co-writer on H.E.R.'s song "I Can't Breathe" and in 2022 for Silk Sonic's "Leave the Door Open".[6][7] D'Mile also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for co-writing the song "Fight for You" from the film Judas and the Black Messiah.[8]

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Early life

Emile is the son of Haitian vocalist Yanick Étienne, who was featured in recordings by and toured with Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music in the 1980s, and music producer Dernst Emile.[9][5] He grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City, and began learning to play the keyboard as a young child.[5]


2005–2012: Career beginnings

Emile made his major production debut on Rihanna's 2005 album Music of the Sun, for which he produced & co-wrote "That La, La, La" with fellow Brooklyn hip-hop group Full Force.[5] Later the same year, he also made an appearance on Mary J. Blige's 2005 album The Breakthrough with the song "Gonna Breakthrough," which he co-wrote and produced.[5] After these bodies of work, a friend introduced D'Mile to Rodney Jerkins, with whom he had an apprenticeship for two years.[5]

He scored his first main chart success with Janet Jackson's tenth studio album, Discipline. He produced and co-wrote the lead single "Feedback," which reached number one on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart, the R&B hit "Luv" as well as the album tracks "I.D.", "Truth or Dare" and "The Meaning".

Justin Bieber worked with D'Mile on "Favorite Girl," which is the fourth single from his debut album My World. D'Mile is also listed as producing the R&B ballad "In the Morning" for Mary J. Blige's ninth album Stronger with Each Tear.

He then worked with Diddy and Dirty Money on their album, "Last Train To Paris," which was released December 14, 2010, producing the song, "Shades", which was co-produced with Justin Timberlake's production group The Y's and featured guest vocals from Timberlake, Lil Wayne, Bilal, and James Fauntleroy II. He also has several productions on Jennifer Lopez's 2011 comeback album, Love? including "One Love"; and the dance-pop number "(What Is) Love?" which was released as the lead soundtrack single and scored in Lopez's 2010 romantic comedy, The Back-up Plan.

D'Mile produced several songs and served as the executive producer for Diggy Simmons' album, Unexpected Arrival, which was released March 20, 2012, on Atlantic Records. D'Mile has produced the single, "Long Distance" by 2011 X-Factor winner, Melanie Amaro which she performed live on the show, December 6, 2012.

2013–present: Current projects

D'Mile has had a strong production record with Ty Dolla Sign, including his Beach House series, Beach House,[10] Beach House 2,[11] Beach House EP, and Beach House 3. Ty Dolla Sign has said that D'Mile is "literally the best producer [he has] ever worked with" following their collaborations.[5] He also produced "Livin' It Up" from Ciara's 2013 album Ciara.

In 2016, he produced the two tracks "Mind Of A Man" and "FWM" for Hard II Love by Usher.[12]

Throughout 2016 and 2017, D'Mile produced all 13 songs on Lucky Daye's debut album titled Painted after the two met in LA.[13][5] D'Mile also provided background vocals on the song "Paint It."[13] The album was released in 2019 and went on to be nominated at the 2020 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album, with two album tracks being nominated for Best R&B Performance ("Roll Some Mo") and Best Traditional R&B Performance ("Real Games").[14]

In 2020, he co-produced Charlie Wilson's "Forever Valentine" with Bruno Mars and The Stereotypes. He and Mars also composed Arashi's "Whenever You Call".

Selected discography

This is a non-comprehensive list of D'Mile's production credits, adapted from Tidal.[15]

Year Song Artist Album
2008 "I'm Grown" Tiffany Evans Tiffany Evans
"Sorry" Noel Gourdin After My Time
2013 "nEXt" Sevyn Streeter Call Me Crazy, But...
"Come on Over"
"Alone" Armin van Buuren
featuring Lauren Evans
2014 "Wood & Leather" Ty Dolla Sign Beach House EP
"Royalty" Mali Music Mali Is...
"Fight for You"
"No Lights" Chris Brown X
2015 "These Lines" PJ Walking Around Pools
"Nickels & Dimes"
"I Mean It"
"LA" feat. Kendrick Lamar, Brandy and James Fauntleroy Ty Dolla Sign Free TC
"Saved" feat. E-40
"Solid" feat. Babyface
"Credit" feat. Sevyn Streeter
"Miracle / Wherever" feat. Big TC & D-Loc
"Actress" feat. R. Kelly
2016 "Come Down" PJ Rare
"Can't Stop"
"This Is What It Looks Like"
"I'm Good"
2017 "Famous" Ty Dolla Sign Beach House 3
"Famous Lies"
"Famous Last Words"
"Famous Friends"
"Famous Amy"
"Famous Excuses"
2018 "BOSS" The Carters Everything Is Love
2019 "Whoa" Snoh Aalegra - Ugh, those feels again
2020 "Forever Valentine" Charlie Wilson Non-album single
"17" Pink Sweats The Prelude
"Whenever You Call" Arashi This Is Arashi
"Ass Like That" Victoria Monet Jaguar
"Big Boss (Interlude)"
"We Might Even Be Falling In Love"
"Touch Me"
"Go There With You"
"Sunday Morning" Chiiild Synthetic Soul
2021 "Leave the Door Open" Silk Sonic An Evening with Silk Sonic
"Smokin Out the Window"

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2021 "Fight for You" Best Original Song Won [8]

Grammy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2017 "Still" Best Traditional R&B Performance Nominated [6]
2019 "Could've Been" Best R&B Song Nominated
"Roll Some Mo" Nominated
2020 "I Can't Breathe" Song of the Year Won
2022 "Leave the Door Open" Record of the Year Won
Best R&B Song Won
Song of the Year Won
"Fight for You" Nominated
Best Song Written for Visual Media Nominated
Table for Two Best Progressive R&B Album Won
2023 Good Morning Gorgeous Album of the Year Nominated [16]
"Good Morning Gorgeous" Record of the Year Nominated
Best R&B Song Nominated
Himself Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Nominated
2024 Pending [17]
"On My Mama" Record of the Year Pending
Best R&B Song Pending

Golden Globe Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2021 "Fight for You" Best Original Song Nominated [18]


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  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Leight, Elias (January 9, 2020). "D'Mile Almost Quit Music. Now He's Up for Multiple Grammys". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on January 10, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "GRAMMY Award Results for Dernst Emile II". The Grammys. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  7. ^ Grein, Paul (April 4, 2022). "Silk Sonic, Tony Bennett & More 2022 Grammy Record-Setters".
  8. ^ a b Dove, Steve. "Oscar Nominations 2021 List: Nominees by Category". abc. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 25, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Beach House Mixtape by Ty Dolla Sign (Ty$) Hosted by DJ Ill Will & DJ Mustard".
  11. ^ "Beach House 2 Mixtape by Ty Dolla Sign (Ty$) Hosted by DJ Drama".
  12. ^ "D'Mile". Discogs.
  13. ^ a b Lamarre, Carl (May 7, 2019). "Lucky Daye on His Debut Album 'Painted,' Learning Melodies Through Dr. Seuss Books & Craving His Mother's Acceptance". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 26, 2020.
  14. ^ Turner-Williams, Jaelani (January 26, 2020). "Grammy Contender Lucky Daye Is Waving R&B's Melodic Flag With Pride". Vibe.
  15. ^ "Credits for D'Mile". Tidal. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  16. ^ "2023 GRAMMYs Awards: Complete Nominations List". November 15, 2022. Retrieved November 16, 2022.
  17. ^ "2023 GRAMMYs Awards: Complete Nominations List". November 15, 2022. Retrieved November 16, 2022.
  18. ^ Bahiana, Ana Maria. "Nominations for the 78th Golden Globe Awards (2021) Announced". Retrieved February 4, 2021.

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