With a blend of blues, garage, folk, and good old-fashioned rock & roll crooning, San Francisco native Hanni El Khatib worked as a creative director for HUF before making a name for himself as a singer/songwriter.
With a sound that evokes the eclectic mashups and warbling voice of Devendra Banhart
and the grungy blues of Jon Spencer
, Khatib made his debut with a pair of singles released on Innovative Leisure
in 2010. In 2011, Khatib opened for Florence + the Machine
before eventually releasing his full-length debut, Will the Guns Come Out. For his next album, El Khatib teamed up with producer (and Black Keys
member) Dan Auerbach
, who added a new level of polish to his 2013 sophomore effort, Head in the Dirt. After a year of heavy touring, he returned in early 2015 with his self-produced third album, Moonlight. His fourth album, Savage Times, would prove to be somewhat of a creative breakout for Khatib. Released in early 2017, the 19-track album ran the gamut from punk to disco to solo guitar and was packaged in a limited-edition box set of three 10" records. ~ Gregory Heaney, Rovi