Kayla and Matt grew up in a musical family. Their parents are musicians, and they enrolled their kids in music lessons as soon as they expressed an interest in music. For Matt, the oldest, that happened at the age of four. There are stories about him playing a 'fiddle' made of sticks before he procured on his first fiddle.
Kayla, three years younger, started piano lessons at the age of six. They began playing Canadian old-time music, with Matt playing fiddle and Kayla accompanying him on piano.
It didn't take long for the kids to start learning other instruments. Kayla picked up the fiddle and mandolin, and Matt turned his focus to the banjo but had an aptitude for playing any stringed instrument he could get his hands on. The family was introduced by a family friend to their local bluegrass club upon being invited to the club's weekly jam.
Their mother Carolyn is a guitar player, so she fit right in at the jams, but their father Ken had been a drummer, so he picked up the bass.
The family began playing music together. They performed locally and stayed involved in the bluegrass club. Their mother is the longest serving president of the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society (NBCMS) in Edmonton, Alberta. In 2016, the Hotte family received an award of recognition from the NBCMS for their involvement in the bluegrass community, and they were dubbed The First Family of Alberta Bluegrass.