Hanni El Khatib

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Hanni El Khatib
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Hanni El Khatib at Rock am Ring, Germany, 2013
Background information
Born 1981
Genres Rock, blues rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, mellotron, drums
Years active 2010–present
Associated acts Dan Auerbach
Website www.hannielkhatib.com

Hanni El Khatib is a San Francisco-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently based in Los Angeles. [1]


Hanni El Khatib, a first-generation American, is the son of a Palestinian father and a Filipino mother. He worked as a creative director for skateboard fashion label HUF and as a designer for an advertising agency before starting musical career as a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter blending blues, folk and garage rock into songs designed (in his words) "for anyone who has ever been shot or hit by a train."[2] Having debuted with two singles issued by Innovative Leisure in 2010, the following year he opened for Florence + the Machine before releasing his debut, Will the Guns Come Out, bringing about comparisons with Devendra Banhart, Jon Spencer and The White Stripes.[3] Backed by drummer and close friend Nicky Fleming-Yaryan, he's played the 2011 SXSW and Bonnaroo festivals.[1]

His second album, Head in the Dirt, released after two years of excessive touring,[4] was recorded by Dan Auerbach of Black Keys who’s provided a more polished and sophisticated sound, letting the music retain the same eclectic quality. "…[F]or all of its weirdness, this album feels more like a pop record than his debut, and while Auerbach certainly didn't scrub all of the dirt and grime off of the album, it feels a lot more put together, bearing a lot of resemblance to the Black Keys' later work," according to Allmusic.[5]

Hanni El Khatib's third album, Moonlight was released in 2015.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

Hanni El Khatib's music has been used in television commercials for Converse,[7] Captain Morgan, Applebee's, Sky Atlantic, Nike,[8] Nissan[9] and Levi's[10]

His music was used in the USA Network series Suits, HBO series Hung, the Showtime series Californication and United States of Tara, the BBC series Luther and the feature film For a Good Time, Call....[11] The song "Build. Destroy. Rebuild." was used in the episode "Charity Case" of the series House. His song "Can't Win 'Em All" was used for the controversial Audi ad broadcast during the 2013 Super Bowl.[12] "Come Alive" was used in the 2013 horror film Carrie. "Family" was used in NHL 14 and in the episode "Welcome Back, Jim" of the series Gotham (2015).

Hanni El Khatib played himself as the DJ of Innovative Leisure Radio in Forza Horizon 2. Three of his songs also played on the station: "Head In the Dirt", "Family", and "Pay No Mind".



Year Album Peak positions Notes


2011 Will the Guns Come Out 46  – 111 Tracklist:
  1. "Will the Guns Come Out" (1:25)
  2. "Build. Destroy. Rebuild." (2:58)
  3. "F—k It, You Win" (3:11)
  4. "Dead Wrong" (3:28)
  5. "Come Alive" (2:35)
  6. "Loved One" (2:37)
  7. "Heartbreak Hotel" (3:12)
  8. "Wait Wait Wait" (3:56)
  9. "Garbage City" (3:54)
  10. "You Rascal You" (2:21)
  11. "I Got a Thing" (Bonus track) (2:00)
2013 Head in the Dirt 8 46 35 Tracklist:
  1. "Head in the Dirt" (3:18)
  2. "Family" (2:27)
  3. "Skinny Little Girl" (3:55)
  4. "Penny" (3:17)
  5. "Nobody Move" (2:31)
  6. "Can't Win 'Em All" (3:03)
  7. "Pay No Mind" (3:05)
  8. "Save Me" (2:49)
  9. "Low" (2:31)
  10. "Sinking in the Sand" (2:29)
  11. "House on Fire" (3:45)
2015 Moonlight 15 - 55 Tracklist:
  1. "Moonlight" (3:33)
  2. "Melt Me" (3:40)
  3. "The Teeth" (3:11)
  4. "Chasin'" (2:49)
  5. "Worship Song (No. 2)" (4:01)
  6. "Mexico" (4:56)
  7. "Servant" (4:16)
  8. "All Black" (2:39)
  9. "Home" (3:10)
  10. "Dance Hall" (3:29)
  11. "Two Brothers" (5:47)


Year Album Peak positions Notes
2010 "Dead Wrong"  – Will the Guns Come Out
"Build. Destroy. Rebuild."  –


  1. ^ a b Mitter, Siddhartha. "Hanni El Khatib's Got A Hot Hot Thing". www.mtviggy.com. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  2. ^ O’Brien, Jon. "Will the Guns Come Out review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  3. ^ Harris, Craig. "Hanni El Hhatib biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  4. ^ Capone. "Head in the Dirt review". Prefix. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  5. ^ Heaney, George. "Head In the Dirt review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  6. ^ Harris, Craig. "Khanni El Khatib discography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  7. ^ Converse (22 July 2011). "Converse - History Made And In The Making" – via YouTube. 
  8. ^ Nudd, Tim (June 9, 2011). "Action-sports stars play by starlight in this extraordinary new global spot". Adweek. 
  9. ^ "Nissan Qashqai – Ultimate Urban Car". November 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Levi’s® Men’s 501© CT: "Beautiful Morning"". Aug 3, 2015. 
  11. ^ Soundtrack For 'For A Good Time Call' Features Los Campesinos!, Operator Please, Timber Timbre, More Indie Wire. August 3, 2012
  12. ^ "Hanni El Khatib Powers Controversial Audi Super Bowl Ad With “Can’t Win Em All”". Retrieved 2016-06-25. 
  13. ^ "Hani El Khatib Billboard Heatseekers Albums discography". billboard.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Hani El Khatib Billboard Independent Albums discography". billboard.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Hani El Khatib discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 

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