Haim talk sexism in music
Trio share their experiences in new interview
Haim have addressed their experiences of sexism in the music industry during a new interview.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, the band described how their recent single ‘Right Now’ was penned as “an ode to boss-ass bitchness”.
Guitarist Alana said: “I grew up listening to Tom Petty’s ‘You Got Lucky’, where the whole theme is, ‘You’re lucky to be with me’. I never really heard a song that said that from a woman’s perspective. Being a woman in a power position and dating someone, in my experience, is hard. You need a man who’s strong enough, to paraphrase Sheryl Crow.”
Singer Danielle added: “We deal with that a lot – not even in dating, but just being the chairwomen of our company. Asserting our power – sometimes it’s tough.”
Alana went on to recall how the band were once mistaken for members of another group’s “entourage” at a festival: “I got on a golf cart this one time and the guy said, ‘Miss, get off.’ I said, ‘I play in Haim.’ He said, ‘Never heard of you, please get off.’ Is that how you look at me, for real? I couldn’t possibly be playing – I must be someone’s girlfriend. I was like, ‘I’m wearing puppy pyjamas, bruh. You don’t wanna fuck with me!’”
Earlier this year, the band promised “classic songwriting, but also modern, exciting and fearless” tracks from their new LP. Song titles include ‘Nothing’s Wrong’ and ‘Give Me Just A Little Of Your Love’.
Explaining their perfectionism and why the follow-up to 2013’s debut ‘Days Are Gone‘ took so long to finish, bassist Este Haim said: “We write and produce everything ourselves, we don’t have writers sending songs via email.”
Meanwhile, the trio of sisters have also announced several UK tour dates – including Reading & Leeds Festival and being among the latest additions for BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend, alongside Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Kasabian and many more.
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