I first discovered Hanni El Khatib when my friend Cristina Black mentioned she was interviewing him for LA Weekly a coupla years ago. I hadn’t heard any of his music at that point, but one glance at his photo and I immediately thought he looked some type of hipster cholo: cool, badass, a little scary, a little aloof.
Fast forward two years and dude’s got a new album out now that I am soooo into. It’s bluesy rock n’ roll infused with indie sensibilities. I love his voice, which kinda reminds me of Axl Rose – especially on my current favorite track, “Melt Me.” But really, when it comes down to it, he’s got a vibe that makes me think he’s so much cooler than I am, and that’s what makes me listen to his songs. If given the chance, I would love to hang with him. Preferably, we’d talk about hair products and cruise around in a Chevy Impala at night down Whittier Boulevard while making bitches jealous.
Here’s the video for his new single, “Moonlight”. Watch for the nail polish scene, in which he steals my heart because, duh, nail polish.