Interview: SXSW 2011 with Hanni El Khatib from Los Angeles

Hanni El Khatib oozes sheer coolness with a very sexy appeal. One of L.A.’s rising up-and-comers, his music has already been featured in the hit HBO series, Hung, he’s opened for Florence and The Machine and is playing numerous shows creating quite the hot buzz in L.A and beyond. His infectious tunes roll with a gritty blues swagger all to the tone of a bad boy, garage rock attitude. If Hanni were in his prime during the 50’s, he’d be stealing the ladies from the Soc’s and rumbling alongside the Greasers. That’s how badass his music is.

Easily one of the hardest working performers at this year’s SXSW, check out our pre Q&A with Hanni below and be sure to catch one of his many showcases.

 

  • How many SXSWs have you done?
    THIS WILL BE MY FIRST.
  • What showcases are you doing this year?
    WE’VE GOT A BUNCH OF THINGS GOING ON. WE’RE DOING THE WINDISH AGENCY SHOWCASE, SPACELAND+ ECHO PARTY, BUZZBANDS LA SHOWCASE, OTHER MUSIC, DIG FOR MUSIC  SHOWCASE, EVERLOVING PARTY, NEVERHEARD PARTY , THE VINYL DISTRICT, LUV LUV LUV SHOWCASE, GUNS IN THE SUN + HIT CITY USA PARTY … COULD BE SOMETHING I’M MISSING.
  • What bands/performers do you want to see at SXSW?
    I’VE GOT SOME FRIENDS PLAYING, SO IT’D BE NICE TO CHECK THEM OUT. BUT I THINK WE’LL BE RUNNING AROUND LIKE CRAZY SO IT’LL BE AWESOME TO TAKE A BREATHER AND SEE ANYONE REALLY.
  • What word of advice would you give to newbie SXSW’ers?
    DON’T GET DRUNK UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN YOUR FAVORITE BAND.
  • SXSW drink of choice?
    COFFEE AND BEER.
  • Anything else you’d like to add?
    PREPARE TO LURK AND GET BUCK.

Words: Sandra Burciaga

2 thoughts on “Interview: SXSW 2011 with Hanni El Khatib from Los Angeles

  1. Jenny

    wow that’s alot of shows he’s playing at SXSW! he’s so one of the best musicians out there right now making music and working hard. props

  2. Jason

    This guys is some good shit. Love the OUTSIDERS reference you made with Greasers/Socs. RIGHT ON!

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