By textbook definition, art means, “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination.” For Sheila, art means may things beyond the music. It could mean a visual representation of your creativity, your temple, your life, anything…Sheila constantly talks about being their true selves, life, depression, and all of life’s other woe’s that stack up against them. The things we consider “art” in our life are all things we must protect in order to live the life we want and to be secure in being our truest self.
If you don’t know, Sheila is an all-black, all-female, three-piece trio based in Washington D.C., originally classifying themselves as Alternative (not necessarily writing music to fit a genre but write what comes to heart) at the start of their humble beginnings. These ladies have shifted direction and allow the listeners to interpret what they hear; sometimes being called rock, hard rock and/or AFROPUNK. Their music draws on the experiences of being young millennials, the intersection of being a black woman in today’s polarizing society, trying to find their musical voice in a mostly male dominated misogynistic industry, and on the overwhelmingly unreported experiences of other marginalized communities. For Sheila, these women aspire to be the representation so needed in rock.