An excerpt from our Austin360 Artist of the Month story in Friday’s American-Statesman:
Chantell Moody’s eyes lock resolutely with everyone at Empire Garage as she raises her fingers and begins a count-off. “One, that is what we all should be. Two, fingers in the air for peace. Three, words that mean everything: I Love You.”
The onstage focal point of eclectic electronic-pop band the Digital Wild, Moody is an immediately engaging presence, with boundless energy and charisma plus a background in dance that helps make her a riveting performer. Those words Moody recited to introduce the song “Plume” also appear in its lyrics. They’re a good measure of the message the band sought to deliver on their new five-song EP “Tall As Trees.”
“We wanted to make music that had beats you could dance to that were catchy, but we could still sneak inspiring things into people’s lives and help people feel empowered,” Moody explains.
Chelsea Seth Woodward, her partner in the Digital Wild since the band began in 2012, agrees. “Chantell and I love all types of music, but we definitely want to play music where we get to celebrate life every day that we sing it,” he says.
Read the full story on our Austin360 Artist of the Month for May 2017: