Posted on February 24, 2023 | By Shawn Spence

D’Mile Partners With Disney Music Group For New Label Venture

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American producer and songwriter, D’Mile, partners up with Disney Music Group and Black-led media platform, Andscape, for a new global deal. The Oscar- and Grammy-winning musician, together with Music Executive Natalie Prospere and Grammy-winning mixing and audio engineer John Kercy, announced the launch of the new record label Good Company.

Disney Music Group President, Ken Bunt, confirmed the news and said:

It’s special and unique to have a shared vision for the future of music, and the opportunity to visually tell new stories with Andscape. We can’t wait to collaborate with D’Mile, Natalie, and John and the Andscape team to deliver on this goal.

Mio Vukovic, DMG’s Head of Creative, also added:

We could not be more excited about working with the talented team behind Good Company and our partnership with Andscape. It allows us the dream of creating a home to cultivate and nurture Black artists through storytelling.”

Andscape Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, Raina Kelley, expressed her excitement for this new partnership as well, and noted:

D’Mile, Natalie and John are special individuals – each true to Andscape’s vision; deep and dimensional multi-hyphenate storytellers – we’re thrilled to welcome them to the Andscape family. This incredible partnership vaults forward Andscape’s evolution as a content creator across The Walt Disney Company.

Good Company Records was founded as a subsidiary of Disney Music Group in partnership with ESPN’s newly-renamed platform Andscape, which was previously known as The Undefeated. D’Mile, who is recognized as one of the most acclaimed professionals in the industry, has officially been assigned as the head of the firm. 

In a recent statement, D’Mile, Prospere, and Kercy, revealed:

We are so excited to partner with Disney/Andscape on our label, Good Company. Disney is a place where we believe all of our creative ideas can come to life and we are looking forward to where this partnership takes us!

The mastermind behind many number-one hits, D’Mile, has collaborated with A-listers like Jay-Z, Beyoncé, H.E.R., Silk Sonic, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Ty Dolla $ign, Chris Brown, Lucky Daye, Charlie Wilson, and many others. The new label owner of Good Company is the first songwriter in history to win back-to-back Grammys for the Song of The Year category for “I Can’t Breathe” (H.E.R.) in 2021 and “Leave The Door Open” (Silk Sonicin) in 2022. 

Working with an esteemed array of musicians, all three creators of Good Company have a lot to offer with this new venture. D’Mile affirmed that the main purpose behind the new label is to discover great talent, support them, and “make a label where you just feel like you’re around good people. You’re in good company,” thus the inspiration behind the name.

This partnership is a great opportunity for Disney to connect with its Black audiences and create a real and long-lasting bond with them. It’s a very smart move from the conglomerate to actively take part and collaborate with those who are actually part of the culture. With the support of Andscape and D’Mile, DMG will surely be releasing more inclusive content in the future.

According to Forbes, D’Mile confessed that the fact that Disney basically owns everything is a good thing for him and his artists, “It’s just crazy the opportunities that can come and what I can do to help and be a part of the system.” The producer and songwriter also said: “I guess I wasn’t thinking as big as it could be. Getting into movies and TV and the shows and doing documentaries…with Disney, the possibilities are endless.

D’Mile and Vukovic both guaranteed that they are interested in signing artists of all genres. They’re not going to be focused only on R&B acts or what’s trending on TikTok. The label will tend to find pure and raw talents that have the potential to become outstanding artists, “We want to sign the things that we love, that we believe in, and we’re not afraid to just try to grow it from scratch if we have to.

Not only will Good Company be signing and nurturing new artists, but it will also be involved in a number of Disney and Andscape projects. The first one of which is the forthcoming documentary film about the life and transformation of Belizean rapper and politician, Moses Michael Levi Barrow, aka Shyne. The movie will be named after the Hip Hop artist (former signee to Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs’ Bad Boy) and will follow his path of becoming a statesman in the Belize House of Representatives.

D’Mile, who has won an Oscar for Best Original Song for co-writing and producing “Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah in 2021, had mentioned last year to Rated R&B that he would love to “help somebody build their careers.” He plans to stay in the game for as long as possible and stay relevant even with the passing of time. So, Good Company Records is the perfect chance for him to revive his lifelong dream.

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