Danielle Haim

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Danielle Haim
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Haim on June 14, 2009
Background information
Birth name Danielle Sari Haim
Born (1989-02-16) February 16, 1989 (age 28)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Indie rock
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • drums
  • vocals
Years active 2005–present
Labels Roc Nation
Associated acts

Danielle Sari Haim (born February 16, 1989) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter from Los Angeles. She is the lead guitarist and vocalist of the American pop rock band Haim, which also consists of her two sisters, Este Haim and Alana Haim. Danielle also serves as the group's drummer in the studio, while they retain a separate drummer for live performances.[1]

Early life[edit]

Danielle Sari Haim was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, California to a Jewish family.[2] Her Israeli-born father Mordechai ("Moti") and her mother Donna were both musical; though he had been a professional soccer player in Israel, Moti also played drums, while Donna won a contest on The Gong Show in the 1970s singing a Bonnie Raitt song.[3][4][5] While Danielle showed an aptitude for the guitar at a young age, Moti made the decision that Este would be more suited to the bass, buying her a second hand Fender for $50.[6]


Early career[edit]

Danielle started playing music at an early age, and was encouraged by her parents to pursue the guitar. As a child, she played lead guitar in a band called Rockinhaim which consisted of her parents and her two sisters.[7] The band played mostly classic rock covers.[8] After playing a gig with their parents, Danielle and her older sister Este were asked to join a pop group called The Valli Girls, and signed to Sony Records in 2004. Danielle also received a product endorsement deal from Gibson guitars.[9] While later stating that this group was not a suitable outlet for the kind of music she wanted to be playing, the band did allow Danielle some commercial success. The group made promotional videos, an unreleased album, and their song "Always There in You" was featured on the soundtrack of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in 2005.[10]

Before forming a band with her sisters, Danielle toured with Jenny Lewis (2009 on guitar), and Julian Casablancas (2009-10 on percussion and guitar), and played guitar briefly for Cee Lo Green in June 2010.[11] She was introduced to Jenny Lewis by a friend of Jenny's who invited Danielle and Este to a jam session/party at Lewis' house on 4th July 2008.[12] Lewis saw Danielle's performance on drums, and later asked her to tour with her as a guitarist. Julian Casablancas also saw Danielle perform on that tour, and asked her to be a part of his touring band, which went into rehearsals two days after wrapping Jenny Lewis's tour. Danielle appears in the official music video of Casablancas' song "11th Dimension". It was while on tour with other acts that Danielle realized she would much rather play on stage with her sisters. After two years of being on the road with other bands, Danielle came back to form a three-piece band with Este and Alana called Haim.[13]


In 2007, Danielle and her sisters formed a band of their own known as Haim. They released an EP called Forever in 2012, and appeared at many music festivals, which brought them to the attention of Jay-Z. They were later signed to Roc Nation, and were one of the featured artists at Jay Z's Made in America festival.[14]

Days Are Gone[edit]

Haim released their first studio album titled Days Are Gone in September 2013. It was a commercial success.[citation needed] In order to promote the album they appeared as musical guests on Saturday Night Live on November 23, 2013. They performed the songs "The Wire" and "Don't Save Me".[15]

Other collaborations[edit]

In August 2014, Danielle joined The Killers as the drummer for one song during a concert in San Francisco. The Killers' lead singer Brandon Flowers told the crowd that "We have a cool, special surprise guest. ... One of the bands that came out and dropped a record on us in 2013 and gave us hope for people playing music was Haim. Danielle, the singer from Haim, is actually a hell of a drummer."[16]


  1. ^ Days Are Gone (CD liner notes). Haim. Polydor Records. 2013. 3750814.
  2. ^ "Jewish singers Haim tipped as Sound of 2013". The Jewish Chronicle. ]
  3. ^ Dodero, Camille (September 30, 2013). "Falling for Haim". Spin. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ Campion, Freddie (February 28, 2012). "Band of the Week: HAIM". Vogue. New York City. Archived from the original on September 12, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ Lester, Paul (March 23, 2012). "New band of the day: Haim". The Guardian. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ Weiner, Jonah (November 12, 2013). "How Haim's Three Geeky Sisters Became the Year's Coolest New Band". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ Dodero, Camille (September 30, 2013). "Falling for Haim". Spin. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  8. ^ Lamont, Tom (September 22, 2013). "Haim: 'Dad would be like, Let's go and jam in the living room". The Observer. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  9. ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/so-cal-teen-prodigies-the-valli-girls-launch-pop-rock-campaign-54307652.html
  10. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/08/haim-valli-girls-trollz-theme-song_n_4064959.html
  11. ^ Dodero, Camille (September 30, 2013). "Falling for Haim". Spin. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  12. ^ https://www.nylon.com/articles/haim-nylon-june-interview
  13. ^ Brown, Emma. "Discovery: HAIM". Interview. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  14. ^ HAIM - ROCNATION. Retrieved February 17, 2016, from http://rocnation.com/artists/haim-2
  15. ^ Coleman, Miriam (November 24, 2013). "Haim Rock 'The Wire' on 'SNL'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 17, 2016
  16. ^ "Watch Danielle Haim Jam With The Killers". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-03-22. 

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