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Haim fired their agent after learning they had received 10 times less than a male artist performing at the same festival

Haim fired their agent after learning they had received 10 times less than a male artist performing at the same festival

OHMYGOSSIP — Haim fired agent over festival pay inequality. The ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ hitmakers – comprised of sisters Danielle, Alana and Este Haim – were horrified to find out how much more the next artist up on the bill at the unnamed event was receiving, especially as they initially “didn’t think twice” about their low fee because it was explained as being a beneficial promotional opportunity, MSN.com mediates.

Danielle Haim explained: “We had been told that our fee was very low because you played at the festival in the hope you’d get played on the radio. We didn’t think twice about it, but we later found out that someone was getting paid 10 times more than us. And because of that we fired our agent.”

The sisters are still furious about the incident and branded the inequality “f**ked up”.

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Alana fumed to Grazia magazine: “That’s why I love my sisters so much. I trust them with my f***ing life. We’re all in this together. But it’s scary out there and it’s f***ed up. It’s f***ed up not even to be paid half the same amount. But to be paid a tenth of that amount of money? It was insane.”

Haim have encountered sexism a lot in their careers and find it frustrating when their musical ability is written off just because they are female. Alana said: “What was really scary to us was feeling like if we acted a certain way, people would think we didn’t play our own instruments. I still get so many people asking me, ‘So who really writes your songs?’

“A lot of people automatically accept the fact that an all-male band writes their own songs, but when they see an all-woman band, they’re like, ‘Oh there must be a man behind it, fuelling their fire.’ ”

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Haim is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles. The band consists of three sisters: Este Haim (bass guitar and vocals), Danielle Haim (vocals and guitar) and Alana Haim (guitars, keyboards, and vocals). In addition to their primary instruments, each member is also proficient in several others. The group’s pop sound on their studio work stands in contrast to the more rock-based music of their live shows.

The sisters grew up in a musical family, and began playing instruments from an early age in the cover band Rockinhaim, fronted by their parents, Moti and Donna. The two elder sisters, Este and Danielle, began performing with the pop group Valli Girls in 2005. They released a few songs on soundtrack and compilation albums under that name, but left the group shortly after an appearance at the 2005 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. They formed Haim with younger sister Alana in 2007, but did not seriously consider it a professional career for some years. After Danielle became a successful touring guitarist, first with Jenny Lewis and later with Julian Casablancas, Haim reformed as a full-time operation in 2012.

The group’s first release, Forever (an EP released as a limited-time download), combined with positive reception at the South by Southwest festival, led to a deal with Polydor Records and a management deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation group in mid-2012. The band began recording material for their first album, Days Are Gone, in sessions between touring dates, including appearances at the Glastonbury Festival. The album charted in the top ten in several countries, including the number-one spot in the UK, and the group had won several “best of” awards by the end of 2013. The group was nominated for Best New Artist at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Their second album, Something to Tell You, was released in July 2017.


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