Haim consists of three sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim (pronounced like "lime") plus drummer Dash Hutton. The latter doesn't appear in press photos.
The sisters' father, Mordechai "Moti" Haim, is a drummer who played soccer for Maccabi Jaffa and Maccabi Los Angeles. Their Polish-descent mother, Donna, plays guitar and won a contest on The Gong Show in the 1970s covering a Bonnie Raitt song.
A $2,000 winning appearance on Let's Make a Deal funded Moti and Donna Haim's honeymoon to Hawaii. Este was born nine months later on March 14, 1986.
The Haim sisters' first musical experience was playing covers with their parents in the group Rockinhaim.
In 2005, Danielle and Este briefly joined a prefab pop-rock act called the Valli Girls, landing a song on the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants soundtrack. Their song "Valli Nation" appeared on the 2005 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards soundtrack alongside more familiar names such as Avril Lavigne, Alicia Keys, Simple Plan and Good Charlotte.
The sisters played their first show as Haim on July 7, 2007 at the California Institute of Abnormal Arts, a North Hollywood venue steeped in circus camp. "You know where Cher in Clueless gets held up, in that parking lot?" Alana who was just 15 at the time told Spin. "It's right across the street."
The first tunes the Haim sisters wrote together were rhythm-driven. "Looking back to our early songs, everything was percussive," Danielle recalled to Rolling Stone "That's how we wrote. We like rhythm. It's all these parts interlocking."
The sisters did not seriously consider a professional music career for some years. Este graduated with a degree in Ethnomusicology, while Danielle became a successful touring guitarist with Jenny Lewis, The Strokes' Julian Casablancas and Scarlet Fever, Cee-Lo Green's all-female backing band.
Danielle shows up in the music video for Julian Casablancas' "11th Dimension
" as the girl in black Spandex.
Alana spent one year in college then dropped out to pursue the band's career with her sisters. Haim self-released a three song EP titled Forever in February 2012, which generated a lot of buzz from music bloggers and the general public. Soon afterwards Polydor Records signed the trio.
Dash Hutton officially joined as drummer at the Forever EP's release party in February 2012, He is the son of Three Dog Night's Danny Hutton.
Haim topped the BBC's Sound of 2013 music industry poll to find the most promising new musical acts for the coming year.
According to a Rolling Stone 2017 feature on the three Haim sisters, Alana enjoys binging on documentaries. Danielle likes to stay in and cook. Este unwinds by watching horror movies by herself or viewing "MasterChef Junior and cry at these little kids."
They are Jewish. "Haim" (or Chayyim) is Hebrew for "life."
On tour, they take it easy, typically enjoying pizza together on their tour bus while watching movies.
Any DJs out there unsure how to pronounce the band's name? Haim rhymes with time.
Alana Haim told You magazine her secret talent is that she "can eat 45 bags of Percy Pigs in one sitting."