Haim recall firing booking agent over gender pay disparity

Sister trio Haim take the issue of gender pay disparity to heart, recounting a firsthand incident with a former booking agent whom they fired after discovering that they had been paid significantly less than a male artist they shared the bill with.

In an interview with Grazia magazine, the band spoke about their decision to fire an unnamed booking agent, explaining how they initially “didn’t think twice” about the fee they were receiving from the festival, as it had been sold to them as a positive promotional opportunity, according to NME.

“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,” Danielle Haim recalled. ”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 band is currently booked by WME, with whom they signed in 2015.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 4: (L-R) Danielle Haim, Alana Haim and Este Haim attend 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Danielle Haim;Alana Haim;Este Haim
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: (L-R) Danielle Haim, Alana Haim and Este Haim of Haim attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Este Haim, Alana Haim aand Danielle Haim of HAIM , all wearing Chanel, attend a Chanel Party to celebrate the Chanel Beauty House and @WELOVECOCO at Chanel Beauty House on February 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Este Haim, Alana Haim and Danielle Haim attend Chanel Party to Celebrate the Chanel Beauty House and @WELOVECOCO on February 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Este Haim, Danielle Haim and Alana Haim seen at the NED Hotel on February 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
US pop rock band 'Haim', Este Haim, Danielle Haim and Alana Haim, pose on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2018 in London on February 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE NO POSTERS NO MERCHANDISE NO USE IN PUBLICATIONS DEVOTED TO ARTISTS (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: *** EDITORIAL USE ONLY IN RELATION TO THE BRIT AWARDS 2018 *** Este Haim, Danielle Haim and Alana Haim of Haim attend The BRIT Awards 2018 held at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: (L-R) Danielle Haim, Alana Haim and Este Haim attend the Christopher Kane show during London Fashion Week February 2018 at Tate Britian on February 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: (L-R) Alana Hiam, Este Haim and Danielle Haim attend the ERDEM X NARS launch dinner at the National Portrait Gallery on February 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Este Haim, Danielle Haim and Alana Haim from the band Haim attend the JW Anderson show during London Fashion Week February 2018 at Yeomanry House on February 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ki Price/WireImage)
Este Haim, left, Alana Haim, and Danielle Haim of music band Haim arrive before the Erdem Autumn/Winter 2018 London Fashion Week show held at the National Portrait Gallery, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Monday February 19, 2018. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Danielle Haim, Alana Haim and Este Haim of Haim attend the Copper Dog NME Awards 2018 after party at Kadie's Cocktail Bar&Club on February 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Copper Dog)Alana Haim and Este Haim of Haim (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Copper Dog)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Este Haim, Danielle Haim and Alana Haim of Haim attend the VO5 NME Awards held at Brixton Academy on February 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Musicians Danielle Haim, Este Haim and Alana Haim of Haim arrives at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Fleetwood Mac on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Musicians Alana Haim, Danielle Haim and Este Haim of Haim perform onstage at MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Alana Haim, Danielle Haim and Este Haim attend the 2017 Guggenheim International Gala made possible by Dior on November 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Christian Dior Couture )
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Alana Haim, Danielle Haim and Este Haim attend the 2017 Guggenheim International Gala Pre-Party made possible by Dior on November 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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Added Alana Haim: “That’s why I love my sisters so much. I trust them with my f—ing life. We’re all in this together,” she said.

“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.”

The sisters did not reveal the name of the festival they were underpaid for, but the band is currently traveling on their “Sister Sister Sister Tour.”

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