Haim star Este Haim struggles to manage her diabetes on tour because she is unable to get the proper food and exercise she needs to stay healthy. The rocker famously suffered a bout of hypoglycemia on stage at Britain's Glastonbury Festival last summer (13) and she later insisted she had been too busy to eat.
Haim has now revealed she faces a constant battle to control her condition while enduring long days, hours of travelling, and a busy work schedule as part of the girl group.
She tells BBC Newsbeat, "It's due to the fact that your hours are always so different and food is never really constant. When you are trying to figure out, 'OK, if I am eating this food, how much insulin do I have to take?' There is a lot of different factors that go along to treating diabetes, it's exercise, it's diet and insulin.
"Sometimes I can't exercise because I've spent the last 12 hours on flights or I'm exhausted or I don't want to exercise... I think it's something that I have and I have to be responsible for it and own up to it and talk about it."
British folk rockers Mumford & Sons joined U.S. stars Haim onstage at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday (28Jun14) to perform a Rolling Stones track. The Wire hitmakers Haim were performing for fans at Mumford & Sons' specially-curated Gentlemen of the Road stage on the site when they announced a special treat for the audience.
The I Will Wait rockers then joined the sibling trio for a rendition of Dead Flowers. After the collaboration, bassist Este Haim told the crowd, "How was that with a bit of Mumford & Sons for you."
British pop star Florence Welch showed her support for sibling rockers Haim on Tuesday (10Dec13) by joining them onstage at the end of their London concert and jumping into the audience. The Wire hitmakers were wrapping up their performance at the city's Forum venue when Welch, wearing a white T-shirt bearing the trio's name, stepped into the spotlight and decided to crowdsurf.
Bassist Este Haim took the Florence and the Machine singer's lead and threw herself into the audience too.
Welch's impromptu stage dive wasn't the only surprise during the show - the Haim stars were also presented with their first ever gold disc for selling more than 100,000 units of their debut album Days Are Gone in the U.K. The project hit the top of the British albums chart in October (13).
Welch is no stranger to the Haim sisters - the band supported the Dog Days Are Over star during her U.K. tour last year (12).
Getty/Andy SheppardHaving recently topped the U.K. charts and entered the U.S. Top 10 with their debut album Days Are Gone, Los Angeles siblings Haim certainly appear to have justified the hype that was showered upon their sun-soaked soft-rock sound at the beginning of the year. But in case you've been living under a rock over the past twelve months, here's a quick everything you need to know guide to Este, Danielle and Alaina.They've Always Kept It in the FamilyProof that the trio have always kept it in the family, the girls began their music career in a band named Rockinhaim with their father Mordechai on drums and their mother Donna on guitar.They Were Once Valli GirlsDanielle & Este also cut their teeth as part of The Valli Girls, an all girl-group inspired by the likes of Blondie and The Pretenders who appeared on the soundtracks to both The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants and the 2005 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.Julian Casablancas was Their Unofficial MentorAfter inviting Danielle to perform percussion and guitar on his solo tour, The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas then became the band's unofficial mentor, advising them to take a break from playing live and instead concentrate on their songwriting.Este is a Musical ProdigyRenowned for her incredible bass-face performances, Este is also something of a musical prodigy having completed her five-year degree in Ethnomusicology at UCLA in just two years.They Won the BBC's Sound of 2013Pipping the likes of AlunaGeorge, Angel Haze and Laura Mvula to the post, Haim were crowned the winners of the BBC's prestigious industry poll earlier this year to join such illustrious company as Adele, Florence + The Machine and Ellie Goulding.They Like CollaboratingAs well as hooking up with Jessie Ware on their own record, various members have also popped up on tracks this year by Major Lazer ("You're No Good"), Kid Cudi ("Red Eye") and Portugal. The Man ("Purple Yellow Red & Blue")Este Almost Died at GlastonburyDiabetic Este claimed that she feared she was going to die in front of a live audience after she was forced to abandon their first set at this year's Glastonbury when her blood sugar levels ran dangerously low.David Cameron is a FanDavid Cameron tweeted how he was looking forward to listening to their album after the trio dedicated a performance of "The Wire" to the Prime Minister when they both appeared on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show.
Rockers Haim showed their political colours on Sunday (29Sep13) by dedicating a song to British Prime Minister David Cameron and giving him a CD of their debut album. The sibling trio was appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show and the sisters took the opportunity to give a shout out to the U.K. leader, who was a fellow guest on the programme.
After performing their track The Wire, bassist Este Haim called out to Cameron across the studio, shouting, "That was for D.C. - it's all about you."
When the cameras stopped rolling, Haim were happy to enjoy a chat with Cameron and also passed him a copy of their debut album, Days Are Gone.
The Prime Minister later took to Twitter.com to thank the rockers, writing, "Great to meet HAIMtheband on Marr - looking forward to listening to the album they gave me."
The human face is a beautiful thing - when it's not contorted in a bass guitar-related gurn. So what is a bass face? Well, it's kind of like a sex face, sustained while hammering the old four-string.
While Haim's Este tops the current league charts for most grotesque bass face, her predecessors make for some compelling case studies.
Paul McCartney, for instance.
Some people know Macca as a Beatle. BF spotters know him as one of the original chronic gurners. Bass face: he's still got it!
Then there's Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols.
We don't know if it was the speed, the glue or the raw exertion of punk rock, but Sid's iconic bass face became an essential primer for bass face copycats to follow.
Then there's Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Never one for a lacklustre performance, Flea's face moves around almost as much as he does.
And last, but not least, the legendary stylings of Parliament-Funkadelic's Bootsy Collins have influenced a slew of imitators. Just in case his bass doesn't bring all of the funk, his face always packs a little extra.
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Rock siblings Haim were invited to provide guest vocals on a song by their heroes Arctic Monkeys but were heartbroken when they had to turn down the offer in order to finish recording their debut album. The three sisters are massive fans of the British band and were stunned when they were given the chance to record backing vocals on the group's recent single Do I Wanna Know?
The trio was desperate to join the Fluorescent Adolescent hitmakers in the studio, but had to take the agonising decision to snub the once-in-a-lifetime offer over fears their own album, Days Are Gone, would overrun as a result.
Bassist Este Haim tells NME magazine, "We tried to push things around to make it work. But when it came down to it we had to finish our record. We didn't have enough time to come in and learn the harmonies. It would have taken a couple of days.
"That would have been our biggest dream come true - to sing on an Arctic Monkeys record... It was one of the most painful calls to say no. Maybe the worst day of my life."
The stars of Haim feared they would be slapped with a heavy fine over their televised Glastonbury appearance as they thought their bassist had accidentally flashed her breasts to the TV cameras. The girl group was performing on the first day of the British music event last month (Jun13) when diabetic Este Haim's blood-sugar ran dangerously low, prompting her to run off stage to seek help.
Este's sisters have now revealed they didn't realise she was ill when they saw her make a quick exit, and thought she had suffered a wardrobe malfunction onstage.
In an interview with Pete Donaldson on Britain's Absolute Radio station, bandmember Alana told Este, "I honestly thought that your boob had popped out and that's why you were freaking out so much."
Este added, "She really did - she must have been thinking 'Oh my God my sister has pulled a Janet Jackson and we're going to get fined'. Luckily this wasn't the case."
Janet Jackson caused a furore in 2004 when her bare breast was accidentally exposed on live TV during her performance at the Super Bowl halftime show.
Scottish rockers Primal Scream wrapped up their slot at Britain's Glastonbury festival on Saturday (29Jun13) by bringing newcomers Haim onstage for the finale. The Country Girl hitmakers took to the Pyramid Stage to warm up the crowd ahead of The Rolling Stones' much anticipated headlining set, and the band thrilled fans by playing its greatest hits as well as new material.
They finished with a bang by inviting sibling trio Haim to sing back-up on their last few songs, including Rocks.
Haim's first appearance on Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage on Friday (28Jun13) was nearly marred by disaster - diabetic bassist Este walked off when her blood-sugar ran dangerously low.
She later explained, "I remember not being able to feel my arms, and I was like, 'This is not a normal feeling when I'm playing music'... I thought that I was going to die in front of 25,000 people."
The hard-working sisters also performed on The Park Stage on Saturday.
Diabetic Haim rocker Este Haim feared she would die in front of thousands of revellers onstage at Britain's Glastonbury festival after her blood-sugar ran dangerously low during the band's set. The sibling trio was performing on the main stage of the event on Friday (28Jun13) when the bassist was taken ill and walked off.
She eventually returned and told the crowd diabetes was to blame for her ill turn, and she has now revealed she had forgotten to eat before the performance and feared she would die.
Haim tells NME, "I almost died. We were in the middle of a song and I'm diabetic and I didn't eat before my set like a smart, good diabetic does, and I remember not being able to feel my arms, and I was like, 'This is not a normal feeling when I'm playing music'.
"And I thought that I was gonna pass out and my eyes kind of glazed over at the end of the song and I had to go offstage because I thought that I was going to die in front of 25,000 people."
The rocker's illness was not the only incident during Haim's set - a TV screen at the side of the stage broadcasting their performance caught fire and had to be shut down, according to BBC presenter Gemma Cairney.