Don’t Hassle These Hoffs: Taylor-Ann & Hayley Hasselhoff Make Musical Debut as Bella Vida!
Hayley and Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff have Hollywood in their blood — they’re the daughters of David Hasselhoff — finding fame as celebrity kids and (more recently) with a family-themed reality show.
Now they’re taking the UK by storm with a new single and singing sister act called Bella Vida! The duo recently performed their debut song “Kiss Kiss Me Bang Bang” at the famous London at G-A-Y venue.
Celebuzz had to know: Is there a duet with daddy in the works? The girls are so been there, done that. Plus, they talk about the haters — and give us a list of their favorite dance songs of all time!
How did you choose the name Bella Vida & what does it mean?
Bella Vida means beautiful life. We believe in cherishing your life to the fullest every single day and living each day like it could be your last because life is beautiful and you only get one to live. We want to spend our lives giving guidance through our music. We are trying to share that we are the same as you and when you are feeling trapped, scared and/or lonely — that we have felt these same feelings and you can get through it because we have. We have built a strength through being born in the limelight with ups and downs and hope to communicate to the world through our music that it is okay to feel negative, but in the end you are going to get through it.
How long have you been singing and what gave you the idea to form a sister act?
We have been singing since we were little girls, taking singing lessons, choir, and musicals. When times were rough for us growing up, we listened to music in order to release these feelings and we bonded through the happiness that electronic-dance music made us feel. We became stronger siblings by going to different DJ sets of underground electronic and dance performers and that sparked both of us to want to get into the genre as performers.
Your wardrobe in the “Kiss Kiss Me Bang Bang” video is edgy and sexy! How would you define your personal style?
We love to think outside of the box and have fun with what we wear. Since fashion has always been a huge part of our lives, we decided that we always wanted to be in control of what we wear. We teamed up with some great underground desingers to be in the prcoess of each stage performance. We describe our group’s style as rocker chic.
There are always haters out there, how do you deal with negativity?
Unfortunately since we have been born in the limelight we have dealt with haters and negaitivy our entire lives. [That] may seem like a negative thing, but we have turned it into a positive outcome. We grew stronger. Hopefully we can guide people through our music and our personal lives as sisters and teach fans to never give up, always strive for the best and to always believe in yourself when other’s don’t; that’s the true key.
How would you describe your sound and the message behind your songs?
Our sound is electro pop. Our new single is much more on the pop side than the rest of our album because we believe in embracing all styles of music … We grew up listening to electronic-dance music, which is the foundation to all of our songs we write. Kiss Kiss Me Bang Bang is a fun song that hopefully gives the listener confidence whether you’re a guy or girl. Our next tracks coming out have much more of a personal connection to others through an emotional twist.
What are some of your favorite dance tracks of all time?
Tiesto- Feel it in my Bones
Deadmau5- Moar Ghosts n Stuff
Medina- You and I
Kaskade and Deadmau5- Move for Me
Benny Benassi & the Biz- Put Your Hands Up
Afrojack & Eva Simons- Take over control (Spencer and Hill Remix DRM)
Your father has also had hit songs, would you ever consider doing a duet with him?
We have sang on his Christmas album when we were younger, but now embarking on our new journey as Bella Vida we don’t plan on doing another duet with him. In the future perhaps as solo singers Taylor-Ann and Hayley Hasselhoff, there could be a duet.
You’re working it in the UK right now, how is the music scene different there than the states?
The UK seems to embrace the craft in the arts at a different level than the US, as half their TV channels are dedicated to the history of arts or featuring only music, concerts and dance around the UK.
When will you be coming to the US with your music?
Right now we are focusing on breaking out in the UK, but coming to the US is a huge dream of ours and we can’t wait to play at underground venues such as the Love Festival, Tao, Hard, and Coachella, which are festivals that introduced us to the pure love of electronic music.
Although they’re currently focused on the UK music scene, thanks to the magic of the internet you can download Bella Vida’s songs on iTunes.