Haim Say They Fired Their Agent Over Gender Pay Disparity
In between playing shows on their Sister Sister Sister Tour, Haim opened up for the first time about an incident involving gender pay disparity. The sibling trio (Danielle, Este, and Alana Haim) recently revealed to Grazia how they found out they were paid 10 times less than a male artist to play a festival, despite their name appearing just one space below in the lineup. This apparenty prompted the band to let their agent go.
Danielle, the middle sister and lead singer of Haim, disclosed the incident in the interview. "We had been told that our fee was very low because you played at the festival in the hope that you’d get played on the radio," she explained to Grazia, via the BBC. "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." She went on to say that even though they fired their agent, the secrecy around who gets paid what doesn't mean it can’t happen to them again and "that’s bullshit."
The youngest sister Alana concurred and explained how thankful she was to be in the business with her own sisters. "We’re all in this together. But it’s scary out there and it’s fucked up. It’s fucked 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 also shared what it’s like to not be taken seriously as an all-female band. "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," Alana said. "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.'"