Hanni El Khatib grew up as a skate rat in the Bay Area but has since moved to Mid-City to become the Angeleno poster boy of power-blues garage-rock. He likes to describe his “rebel music” as the soundtrack for a knife fight and that would be true but only if switchblades were drawn between a greaser and a street punk over a biker-bar’s jukebox playlist. Khatib’s debut album Will The Guns Come Out was released in 2011 by Innovative Leisure (who he is also a part-owner and art director of) and while on tour he met Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at a bar in Paris. After some whiskey shots they decided to record Khatib’s next album at Auerbach’s studio in Nashville and the result is the gritty and greasy Head In The Dirt.
Director Simon Cahn shot his third music video for Khatib with a cheerleader squad (for team Hanni El Khatib) doing a half-time dance routine for his latest single “Pay No Mind”: