Indie-pop band Haim a soaring sister act
When — not if, but when — the sister trio Haim skyrockets up the Billboard charts on the strength of its debut album, due out in late September, it will appear from the outside like a story of an overnight success.
Don’t be fooled: Este, Danielle and Alana have performed together since their childhoods; they’ve been voted to the top of the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll (which predicts the biggest new acts of the next year) and even taken the stage at Glastonbury.
amNY caught up with Este before the band’s trip to New York to talk collaborations, debuts and more:
Haim’s been on the road nonstop for a couple of years. Are you ready to finally be supporting a full-length record? I think that we all wanted it to come out yesterday. We’re definitely ready for it. … The biggest deterrent for us finishing the record was just wanting to go out on tour. We had a bunch of opportunities to play, which is where we have the most fun.
Either individually or as a group, you and your sisters have done songs with Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky and Childish Gambino. How’d you get so connected to the hip-hop world? It really was just kismet. We happened to be in the right place at the right time, where we could meet these awesome people that we call friends. We were at a festival with A$AP and met him, then saw him at a party and he said, “I’m recording, you should come.” With Cudi, he’d heard our music and he was going to sample one of our songs.
You tour across the country in vans with your sisters. How do you stay sane? We’ve been best friends since we were kids. I know that sounds like some weird PR bulls---. ... But all I can do is show you home videos of us doing plays together — we’ve been working together and playing together since we were kids. Even when we were teenagers, I got Danielle and Alana their first fake IDs because all I wanted to do was go to shows and hang out with them.
Haim is at Webster Hall Tuesday night at 7, 125 E. 11th St., 212-353-1600, sold out.