"Official Hot Mess talks VH1, Playboy Mansion, Flava Flav and Adrianne Curry." - Interview

Official Hot Mess is duo made up of two very good looking sisters, but don’t think that’s all they have to offer. They have a music video out entitled “Welcome 2 LA” featuring Adrianne Curry and Flava Flav. They’ve played the Playboy Mansion on more than one occasion and they already have a reality television deal. Recently I got a chance to talk with Official Hot Mess.

Q – How would you describe your music?

A - You could describe our music as Blondie meets Cindy Lauper – it’s fun, quirky music that's sure to get a party started; perfect for a girl's night out!

Q – How long have you been playing music, and what was the moment that made you decide this is what you wanted to do?

A - We wrote our first song when we were really little kids on a PBS children's television show and haven't stopped writing and creating music since. We were born in Hollywood, but our parents moved us away from the LA scene to a sleepy little beach town in Florida where we went to a public school for the academically and musically gifted. Despite their attempts to keep us out of the entertainment industry, music was always our passion and we were creating music for fun since we were little kids. We were sort of rebels in our high school (that consisted of a student body of certified geniuses) in the sense that we weren’t focused on our academics, and we solely wanted to pursue our music. We play piano and guitar by ear and pick out our melodies that way.

Q – Do you think being the daughters of two celebrities has been a crutch you’ve had to overcome or has it helped in terms of getting your music out there?

A - We totally respect our parents’ and their respective careers, but music is our passion and we are pursuing this on our own. We’re really lucky that they raised us with such good heads on our shoulders, so we are confident in making our own decisions, and following our own paths. They really have no connections to help us in the music industry… and that’s fine, because we’re smart and independent young women pursuing our own goals.

Q – There seems to be a level of humor in your music and video. How important is the comedic element to you?

A - I think a lot of people are surprised by the fact that we're more than just typical blonde bimbos. We actually have a sense of musical ability and we incorporate our personalities and sarcastic sense of humor into that. The sarcasm and a little bit of humor intrinsically comes with Official Hot Mess. Look at our name, lol!

Q – How did you manage to get Flava Flav and Adrianne Curry for your video “Welcome 2 LA?”

A -The first time our band played at The Playboy Mansion, we met Adrienne Curry. She heard us play the song, and she was really into it. She loved the sarcastic flavor to it, and she wanted to be in the video so she smoked weed and played Guitar Hero in the video! We met Flavor Flav at another event our band was playing at, and we clicked, so the video for “Welcome 2 LA” is set at Flav’s house party.

Q – Tell us about performing at the Playboy Mansion. How did that come about and what is that experience like?

A - Performing at the Playboy Mansion for the first time could be described in 2 words - culture shock, lol! With us and the 4 guys in our band coming from this quaint little town in Florida, it was an amazing experience to perform there. They say when you’re nervous, you should picture the audience naked, well you can’t do that at The Playboy Mansion, cause most of them already are, lol. We have a great friendship with Hef, and he’s really supportive of our music.

Q – You begin shooting a reality show for VH1 later on this summer. Can you tell us what it’s going to be about?

A - It’s gonna be a really fun, honest show that goes behind the scenes and documents the outrageous antics and chaos that ensues when we and the 4 wild and crazy guys in our band hit the road. Our contrasting lifestyles - life in our sleepy little beach town in FL (where the average age is death vs. the crazy “rock star lifestyle” we lead when we’re back in Hollywood.

Q – Do you have any reservations about letting the camera invade your private lives?

A - I don’t think so… at this point, lol, because we really don’t have anything to hide, you might as well go out there and be yourself because there's no point in trying to be someone you're not.

Q – Who are some of your early influences?

A - Most of our songs are pop with an underlying rock feel which comes from being influenced by artists like Blondie, Cyndi Lauper, The Bangles, Pat Benatar, and The GoGo's. We're influenced by rock, alternative, hip hop, etc and bring aspects of each genre into our personal style.

Q – Thanks for taking the time and good luck with everything. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

A - You can find out lots about us and hear our music on our MySpace page at www.MySpace.com/OfficialHotMess, our Facebook page at www.FaceBook.com/OfficialHotMess, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/OfficialHotMess.


Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at bob@zoiksonline.com.

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