Indie rock singer/songwriter Hanni El Khatib was recently the featured guest at 98.7-FM's Penthouse, an exclusive concert series hosted by Los Angeles-based radio station KYSR-FM at the historic Hollywood Tower in Hollywood, Calif. Before an intimate crowd, Khatib performed a set featuring tracks from his new album, Head In The Dirt, including the title track and "Family."
Prior to the performance, Khatib participated in an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com and discussed collaborating with GRAMMY-winning producer Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys on Head In The Dirt.
"[Dan Auerbach] is a friend of mine," said Khatib. "[We] get along really well and see music kind of in a very similar way … we approach recording in the same way so it worked out."
A San Francisco native, Khatib worked as creative director for skateboard fashion label HUF before making his musical debut in 2010, releasing the singles "Dead Wrong" and "Build. Destroy. Rebuild." The next year, he hit the road opening for GRAMMY winners Florence & The Machine. Blending elements of blues, garage, folk, and rock, Khatib released his debut album, Will The Guns Come Out, in 2011, which peaked at No. 46 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.
Produced by Auerbach, Khatib's sophomore effort, Head In The Dirt, was released in April. The album features 11 tracks written or co-written by Khatib, and peaked at No. 8 on the Top Heatseekers chart.
During live performances, Khatib is joined by drummer Ron Marinelli, bassist Adrian Rodriguez and guitarist/keyboardist Hayden Tobin.
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