Writer, record collector, girl-pop enthusiast, and DJ….
Sheila B. has spent most of her life in the dusty old record shops of New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo, in an attempt to own every ’60s girl-pop 45 in existence. She has produced and written the liner notes for several compilations including Rhino Records’ Grammy nominated One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found box set and Ace Records/ Big Beat’s ’60s Japanese girl-pop compilation series, Nippon Girls. She edited the critically acclaimed photography book Dust and Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting by Eilon Paz. She has also worked as editor at progressive girl culture magazine BUST, head of A&R for UK production house Xenomania, columnist for MTV Japan, and music supervisor. She currently runs a monthly vinyl-only 60s dance party called Sh-Boom, every third Friday at Our Wicked Lady in Brooklyn, and hosts radio show, Sophisticated Boom Boom on Fridays from 3pm – 6pm EST on WFMU, the longest running freeform radio station in the US.
At age 14, she founded her first fanzine, Plume, as an attempt to escape suburban hell and share her enthusiasm for My Bloody Valentine, Bikini Kill, Slowdive, and the Blake Babies. Plume was selected as “fanzine of the month” in popular alternative teen-girl mag, Sassy, which resulted in a larger-than-expected readership and sacks of fan-mail. Three years later, she moved to London to pursue a career in the music biz, but instead found herself hanging out with a crew of British record collectors, learning the crucial difference between a VG+ and M- vinyl record. Upon returning to NYC in 1998, she started her subsequent fanzine Cha Cha Charming, as a way to reconcile her love for record collecting, ’60s girl singers, heavy metal + Japanese chart pop. After three print issues, Cha Cha Charming found its home online as the go-to site for girl-powered pop–from the past, present, and future, and from all over the globe.
Contact: sheila (at) chachacharming (dot) com
Photo courtesy of Eilon Paz / Dust & Grooves