“Hanni El-Khatib is one of the most talented acts in L.A. right now, a one-man band, singing, songwriting, and producing all on his own and synthesizing 50s and 60s garage rock, soul, blues, and even a bit of folk… and brings with him the rawness of Phil Spector, Jack White, the Shangri-Las, and the Black Keys.” – LA WEEKLY
The son of Palestinian and Filipino immigrants and the first American in his family, Hanni grew up in San Francisco and became obsessed with classic Americana and pop culture of the 1950s and 60s. Influenced by pioneers of early rock and r&b (Johnny Burnette, Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash), El Khatib created a musical aesthetic to match his vision. The multi-instrumentalist serves as singer, songwriter & producer for his one-man band (live he is joined by a drummer) that is part blues, part garage rock, part soul, part folk & part doo whop, and all swagger. His debut full length out 6/7/11 on Innovative Leisure (Stones Throw Records subsidiary).