Haim (band)

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Haim in January 2013
Background information
Origin San Fernando Valley,
Los Angeles, California
Genres Pop rock, soft rock, R&B
Years active 2006 (2006)–present
Labels Polydor, Columbia
Associated acts The Valli Girls
Website haimtheband.com
  • Alana Haim
  • Danielle Haim
  • Este Haim
  • Dash Hutton
  • Tommy King

Haim (pronounced HY-əm[1][a] and stylized as HAIM) is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California.[3][4] The band consists of three sisters, singers and multi-instrumentalists Este, Alana and Danielle Haim, along with drummer Dash Hutton and keyboardist Tommy King.

Once compared to Fleetwood Mac,[5] Haim's sound has been described as "nu-folk-meets-nineties-R&B"[3] and "music that sounds like it was written on a lakeside retreat attended by Stevie Nicks, John Waite and En Vogue".[6] The band played at the 2013 Glastonbury festival (and again in 2014), earned a top ranking in BBC's Sound of 2013 poll, and later signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation management group.[7]


Early career[edit]

Danielle Haim at Way Out West 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden

The three sisters, Este Arielle Haim (b. March 14, 1986), Danielle Sari Haim (b. February 16, 1989) and Alana Mychal Haim (b. December 15, 1991)[8][9] were born and grew up in the San Fernando Valley, listening to their parents' 1970s classic rock and Americana records. During their childhood, their family formed a band called Rockinhaim to play cover versions at local charity fairs, with Israeli-born father Mordechai ("Moti") on drums and Polish descent mother Donna on guitar.[3][6][10] Danielle and Este were members of the Valli Girls,[11] an all-girl group signed to Columbia Records / Sony Records[12][better source needed] and appeared on the soundtrack to the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.[11] Their song "Valli Nation" by the "SoCal teen prodigies" appearws on the 2005 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards soundtrack alongside established musicians Avril Lavigne, Alicia Keys, Simple Plan and Good Charlotte.[13]

Este Haim at Way Out West 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden

As they grew older, the sisters became more interested in incorporating pop and contemporary R&B into their music, and in 2006 they decided to form their own band. For the next 5 years Haim played local venues, but did not consider a professional career as all three sisters were busy with other projects. Este was studying at UCLA and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Ethnomusicology[14](completed in just two years instead of the normal five),[15][6] specializing in Bulgarian and Brazilian music.[14] Upon graduating from high school Danielle was asked to play drums for the opening act on one of Jenny Lewis's tours, which led to Lewis asking Danielle to be her guitarist on the following tour. The Strokes' singer Julian Casablancas came to see one of Lewis's shows on that tour, and he in turn asked Danielle to play guitar and percussion on his own solo tour.[10] Danielle also toured as part of Scarlet Fever, the all-female backing band for Cee-Lo Green.[6] It was after Danielle had played with other artists and Este had graduated that the sisters decided to take Haim more seriously.[14] Alana spent one year in college before dropping out to join the band with her sisters. The group considered naming their band "The Bagel Bitches" before settling on their last name.[15][16] For their first gig, the trio played at a Jewish deli in Hollywood and were paid in matzah ball soup.[17] The group was completed with drummer Dash Hutton, son of Three Dog Night's Danny Hutton[18] and previously a member of the bands Wires on Fire and Slang Chicken, and keyboardist Tommy King[15]

Commercial success and Days Are Gone[edit]

Alana Haim at Way Out West 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden

Having played shows supporting artists such as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Henry Clay People and Kesha, Haim's first release was a three song EP titled Forever which was made available on February 10, 2012 as a free download on their website for a brief period. The EP received a lot of attention from the music press and the general public, and following a successful gig at the South by South West festival in March 2012[4] Haim signed a deal with Polydor Records in the UK in June 2012.[19] In July 2012, independent record label National Anthem released the Forever EP on 10" vinyl, containing the original three songs along with a fourth track, a remix of "Forever" by Dan Lissvik.[20] Following dates supporting Mumford & Sons on their "Gentlemen of the Road" tour in the US in August 2012[21][22] Haim made their debut tour of the UK in November 2012[23] and then supported Florence and the Machine on their UK and Ireland tour in December 2012.[24][25] On October 16, 2012 Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1 debuted their follow-up single "Don't Save Me" on his radio show. The single's B-side was "Send Me Down", differing from their previous releases in having a notably more hip hop musical style[citation needed]

The British music magazine NME made the title track of the Forever EP its #4 track of 2012.[26] On January 4, 2013 the BBC announced that Haim had topped their annual Sound of 2013 music industry poll to find the most promising new musical acts for the coming year.[27] They are now managed by ROC NATION. In March 2013, Haim was named one of Fuse TV's 30 must-see artists at SXSW[28] and earned their own "At Your Request" video feature on Idolator.[29] There is also a Duke Dumont remix of their song "Falling". In early 2013, they were featured on American recording artist Kid Cudi's third studio album Indicud, on the song titled "Red Eye".[30] Danielle Haim appeared on the first track, "You're No Good", from Major Lazer's second album, Free the Universe, alongside Santigold, Vybz Kartel and Yasmin.

At the 2013 Glastonbury Festival, in addition to their own set, they appeared with Primal Scream performing background vocals on "It's Alright, It's OK", "Rocks" and "Come Together".[2] The band returned for a repeat performance at Glastonbury in 2014.[31]

Recording on the group's debut album, Days Are Gone was completed in June. The single "The Wire" was released on July 29 and the album followed on 30 September.[32] The album has since sold 200,000 copies in Britain.[33]To promote the album, the group performed "The Wire" on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, with Este dedicating the song to the British Prime Minister David Cameron, also a guest on the show.[34] The move was criticised as being ill-judged, with Johnny Marr saying "they made themselves look like idiots."[35]

Haim subsequently toured Europe throughout the remainder of 2013, as well as performing as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on November 23 with host Josh Hutcherson. The group performed "The Wire" and "Don't Save Me" and Este considered this performance particularly poignant as a high school drama teacher had once told her "You're never going to be on Saturday Night Live."[36] The main US tour followed in April 2014 and continued into May.[37]

In 2014, Haim were awarded the NME "Best International Band" award.[38]In August , the band released the video for "My Song 5" in a remixed version, featuring rapper A$AP Ferg. This is the sixth single taken from Days Are Gone.

Musical style[edit]

Haim has been compared to the 1970s soft-rock version of Fleetwood Mac, though the group insist they are influenced by more recent musical tastes. The band are fans of 90s girl groups TLC and Destiny's Child, and of Kendrick Lamar, Jessie Ware and Mariah Carey. According to Metro, their music sounds like folk-rock "with a few R&B/hip-hop stylings thrown in for good measure".[39] The group are fans of, and have been influenced by Beyoncé, covering her song "XO" on BBC Radio 1's "Live Lounge".[33]

The group have rejected the "girl band" label, preferring to be respected as musicians on their individual merits. Alana stated, "When people call us a girl band, I take it as an insult – being a girl in a band shouldn’t be a thing.”[33]

All three sisters are proficient on more than one instrument: Este plays both guitar and bass, Danielle plays guitar and drums, and Alana plays guitar, keyboards and percussion.[15] On record and live Este plays bass, Danielle plays lead guitar and sings lead vocals, and Alana plays rhythm guitar along with keyboards and percussion.[15][40] At gigs, Este has developed a reputation for her blunt and coarse banter with the crowd, as well as for producing amusing facial expressions, a "bass face" while playing.[6]

In her survey of pop music in 2013, Observer critic Kitty Empire praised the band for "using the vector of harmonies to splice R&B with 1970s soft rock. They laid waste, too, to a herd of ghastly old hobby horses about guitar bands being unmarketable and record sales only being tied to women's state of undress."[41]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Days Are Gone 6 2 9 7 18 30 4 32 12 5 1
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
  • Released: July 2, 2012[b]
  • Label: National Anthem
  • Formats: 10" vinyl
iTunes Festival: London 2012
  • Released: November 2, 2012
  • Label: Polydor
  • Formats: Digital download
iTunes Festival: London 2013
  • Released: October 8, 2013
  • Label: Polydor
  • Formats: Digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Forever" 2012 77 75 24 Days Are Gone
"Don't Save Me" 66 28 70 32
"Falling" 2013 86 70 61 30 45
"The Wire" 12 56 26 16 25
"If I Could Change Your Mind" 2014 113 52 27 42
"My Song 5"
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak
"Better Off" 2013 163 Forever EP
"Let Me Go" 125 Days Are Gone

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"LVL"[60] 2013 ASAP Rocky Long. Live. ASAP
"Red Eye"[30] Kid Cudi Indicud
"You're No Good" 2013 Major Lazer Free The Universe
"Pray to God" 2014 Calvin Harris Motion

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Forever"[61] 2012 Austin Peters
"Don't Save Me"[62]
"Falling"[63] 2013 Tabitha Denholm
"The Wire"[64] Jonathan Lia
"If I Could Change Your Mind"[65] 2014 Warren Fu
"My Song 5"[66] Dugan O'Neal

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Result
2012 MTV Brand New For 2013[67] Nominated
BBC Sound of 2013 Sound of 2013[27] Won
2013 NME Awards Best Twitter (Alana Haim)[68] Won
2014 BRIT Awards International Group Nominated
NME Awards Best Live Band Nominated
Best Music Video ("Falling") Nominated
Best International Band[69] Won
Best Band Blog or Twitter (Alana Haim) Won
Best Fan Community Nominated
Hero of the Year (Este Haim) Nominated
2014 World Music Awards World's Best Song ("The Wire") Nominated
World's Best Band Nominated
World's Best Album ("Days Are Gone") Nominated
World's Best Live Act Nominated


  1. ^ According to the band, an English approximation of the original Hebrew, meaning "life", can be "high-im"[2]
  2. ^ Forever was originally released February 10, 2012 as a free download from the band's website
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Michael Kiwanuka
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Succeeded by
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