Alana Haim: "The band started when I was around 4. My dad played drums, my mom played guitar, Este played bass, Danielle played guitar, and then I played percussion. I played any kind of percussion instrument that I could play because I was 4 and a 4-year-old can’t really play that many instruments. [Laughs.] We played every geeky cover you can play—a bunch of Santana, some Billy Joel, Eagles, Rolling Stones, Tina Turner. But I loved all those songs. That was basically our childhood.
Our parents started RockinHaim because they wanted a family activity that we could do together instead of camping. I honestly thought that every family had a band, that after dinner everyone played music with their parents. — Alana Haim
"Our parents started RockinHaim because they wanted a family activity that we could do together instead of camping. I didn’t really have a choice. Looking back, I’m super pumped that we did it. I honestly thought that every family had a band, that after dinner everyone played music with their parents.
"At school, everyone thought that I was super cool because my parents were rockers. People were jealous that we played rock music and didn’t play Gymboree or nursery rhymes or some shit. At 13, I went through a phase when I was like, 'Oh my god, this is so geeky.' My hormones started coming in. I was an angsty teenager. When 16 hit, I started thinking it was awesome again.
"I never really got teased for the band because everyone thought it was cool, which is surprising. My parents were the coolest, so everyone just wanted to be in our family."
Danielle Haim: "Our parents are real estate agents together. They sell homes in the Valley around where we live. But our dad just loved to play music as a kid. He got us these shitty vintage guitars. My first guitar was this old Gibson Melody Maker. He just wanted us to play music. When I would learn a song on guitar, he'd get on drums in the living room and play along with me because he just missed playing drums. So it wasn’t really like an 'idea' to start a band, it just happened naturally because we all liked playing music together."