Hanni El Khatib
Words: Yasi Salek
Photos: Nick Walker
Hanni El Khatib is a man of few words. A majority of these words fall under the category "bad", which is generally fitting with his whole situation: the rebellious rocker with the dark clothes, dirty hair, and dirtier guitar riffs. I mean the dude even has a song called "Fuck It, You Win", which apparently the Levitt Pavilion staff was unawares of, since they had a stern talking-to with him post-show about "telling a crowd of 16 year olds to suck his dick" (which never happened, btw, but makes for excellent punk rock lore). When he's not fighting with the Parks and Rec, he's busy playing one million shows in France (he's like the Jerry Lee Lewis of rock n' roll), recording his next album with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys (totally not a big deal), and cruising around in his 1957 classic Chevy pick-up with his dog Harlow.
We got a chance to chat with the rabble-rousing (who says that what am I fifty?) musician-on-the-rise about extremely important topics involving roach cocks and President Obama, amongst others:
If your music was a TV show, what channel would it be on?
Cable Access 26 San Francisco circa 1991
Which of your songs do you think would be Obama's favorite?
What is your song "Roach Cock" about?
It's about American astronauts excavating asteroids for platinum and uranium for monetary gain.
Complex magazine just recently named you the 13th most stylish dude in Los Angeles. Who do you think is the most stylish dude ever?
I dunno. Tom Waits is pretty cool
Why do you think French people are so into you? Is it your hair?
Hahahahah. No clue.
What do you have brewing for the future? Anything exciting?
Finishing up my new album. I'm also thinking about taking up fencing.
For more on Hanni visit http://hannielkhatib.com/ & follow him on Twitter.