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Silk Sonic Producer D’Mile On Working With Bruno Mars

The award-winning producer says his work with supergroup Silk Sonic pushed him to a brand new stage of perfection.

This story is a part of Billboard‘s 2022 Grammy Preview problem, highlighting the artists, points and tendencies that can outline awards season. Learn our cowl story on Halsey, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross right here.

In August 2019, D’Mile obtained a fateful message from fellow producer James Fauntleroy. “He texts me out of the blue on a Wednesday and asks me what I’m doing on Friday,” recollects D’Mile (actual title: Dernst Emile II). “Fortunately I used to be free.” Because it seems, Bruno Mars had personally requested him on the studio — and so they quickly launched into making what would grow to be An Night With Silk Sonic, the extremely anticipated album from Mars’ supergroup with Anderson .Paak out Nov. 12. The duo’s first single, “Go away the Door Open,” topped the Billboard Sizzling 100 this spring, and given the artists’ Grammys historical past — they’ve 15 wins between them — the track is a possible nominee for track and document of the yr, amongst different attainable awards.

D’Mile, after all, is already a well-decorated hitmaker. This yr, he received each a Grammy (for track of the yr) and an Academy Award (for greatest unique track) due to his work on a pair of tracks with longtime collaborator H.E.R. Nonetheless, he describes his time with Silk Sonic as a profession spotlight in contrast to every other: “It’s most likely going to be one of many largest issues I’ve been part of — if not the most important.”

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