"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 have spoken out about their decision to sack one of their agents after they discovered that they’d been paid significantly less for a festival appearance than a male artist they shared the bill with.
The California trio didn’t disclose which festival show they’d been underpaid for, but they did say that the experience of receiving less than 10 times the pay of that undisclosed male artist was “fucked up”.
Speaking to Grazia magazine, the band said they initially “didn’t think twice” about the fee they were receiving from the festival as that gig in particular had been sold to them as being a promotional opportunity.
“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.”
Alana Haim called the incident “fucked up”, and cited the group’s tight bond as one of the primary reasons behind their strong reaction to discovering that they’d been underpaid.
“That’s why I love my sisters so much. I trust them with my fucking life. We’re all in this together,” she said.
“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.”
Last month, Haim registered their delight at being parodied by the cast of Saturday Night Live and Nicki Minaj in an unaired sketch.