American pop-rock band Haim fired their agent after finding out they were paid 10 times less than a male artist performing at the same festival, saying "it was insane".

The musical trio - made up of sisters Danielle, Este and Alana Haim - explained that they initially "didn't think twice" about their pay because they hoped the festival appearance would raise their profile. The sisters did not name the festival in question.

"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," lead singer and guitarist Danielle Haim told Grazia magazine.

"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 said the band had to defend themselves in the music industry.

"That's why I love my sisters so much. I trust them with my f***ing life. We're all in this together.

"It's scary out there and it's f***ed up," she said. "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."

She also discussed the sexism they face as an all-female group in the music industry, saying: "What was really scary to us was feeling like if we acted a certain way, people would think we didn't play our own instruments.

"I still get so many people asking me, 'So who really writes your songs?' A lot of people automatically accept the fact that an all-male band writes their own songs, but when they see an all-woman band they're like, 'Oh there must be a man behind it, fuelling their fire.'"

Haim are currently on the road with their Sister Sister Sister Tour and played Dublin's Olympia Theatre on Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday June 13.

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