Converse and FILTER have teamed up to bring you Hometown L.A., a series of videos shot throughout Los Angeles that capture some of L.A's best bands playing in a variety of locations. Shot in black and white, the video's focus on unique and beautiful locations throughout LA -- and the bands that bring them to life. Look out for more videos in the Hometown L.A. series throughout 2012.
JJ Corsini - 987FM
Kevin Bronson - Buzzbands LA
Michael Howe - EMI
Jennifer Tefft - The Satellite
Alex Patsavas - Chop Shop
Jeff Castelaz - Dangerbird
Nic Adler - The Roxy
David Jacobs - Fearless Records
Sterling Andrews - Sterling Andrews Photography
Niki Roberton - iamsound
Paul Tao - iamsound
David Jacobs - Fearless Records
Tom Hoppa - The Viper Room
Tom Windish - The Windish Agency
Liz Garo - Spaceland Productions
Mitchell Frank - Spaceland Productions
Sam Feld - Filter Magazine
When Hanni El Khatib started out, he was just a skater kid playing the world’s worst guitar and singing by himself. Inspired by a long line of determined do-it-for-themselves musicians winding back through punk and psychedelia to rock ‘n’ roll and early r&b and finally the first scratchy years of the blues, he’d record song after bare-bones song—in between day jobs and night life—just because he had things he wanted to sing about. Then in 2010 from a chance meeting, up-and-coming indie label Innovative Leisure recognized that there was something huge hiding in those little songs. And so El Khatib made his official full-power soul ‘n’ rock ‘n’ roll debut (on vinyl too) in 2010.
Soon his music would overtake him completely. By the time his first album Will The Guns Come Out was released in 2011, he clawed out a space of his own musically and left his job as creative director at streetwear label
In 2012, however, Hanni El Khatib showed up to record his second album with just the clothes on his back—no guitar, no fancy almost-finished demos, and only about three weeks time to get from start to finish. While on tour, he'd met Dan Auerbach in a bar in
The result is Head In The Dirt, produced by Auerbach, in which El Khatib takes a lucky eleven songs and makes the entire history of rebel music something all his own. He’s got cut-to-the-bone rhythm ‘n’ blues (“Save Me”) and overcranked Stooges-style stompers (“Family”). He’s got bottomless Black Sabbath riff-outs (the back half of “Pay No Mind”) and dub-a-delic garageland rockers (“Nobody Move”) that call up the spirits of the Clash and the Equals both. His “Low” is just one Andre 3000 remix away from a club anthem, “Penny” is his st uck-in-your-head pop hit and “Sinking In T he Sand” is his smash- your-head freak-out. The plan that first day in
The official video for "You Rascal, You"
Official Tour Dates
Some viral statistics our our man Hanni
First pet: Canary named “Punka.”
First album ever owned: Beastie Boys’ License to
Main instruments: Guitar, vocals
Opinion of first guitar ever owned: “World’s shittiest guitar.”
First A+ ever received: “Art class, but an E+! Our school had excellent-plus!”
First F ever received: “Math for sure. I was just terrible.”
First album ever made: Will The Guns Come Out, on Innovative Leisure in 2011.
Most tragic romantic gesture ever performed: “When I first
started playing guitar, I remember making a tape of me playing—really
terrible, the lamest beginner stuff—and giving it to my girlfriend of like
two weeks. She was stoked on the gesture but then listened to it like, ‘What?
This isn’t En Vogue!’”
Artists currently able to cover: The Cramps, Sam Theard, Funkadelic
Artists currently thinking about covering: “The Painted Ship
—‘Frustration.’ Or one of my friends’ bands’ songs! I don’t understand why
people don’t do that anymore. It’d be great to swap songs.”
Rarest record in collection: “Little Baby” by the Blue Rondos, PYE label
Most money lost in a single night: “Over one night in Vegas, I lost over
$3,000. Gambling and losing and going down the gambling K-hole trying to
win it back.”
Most profound advice ever received: “Trust your gut"
Other musicians recently performed with:
Machine, Rick Ross, Death From Above 1979 and more.
Rapper most likely to be invited for guest spot on future album: Andre 3000
Favorite drink: “Negroni on the rocks. It's an old man drink"
TV shows that have used songs: Eastbound and Down, CSI:NY,
Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, the Good Wife and more.
TV show watched the most episodes of: Curb Your Enthusiasm
Favorite neighbor in
He shoots everybody on Innovative Leisure. Before 2012 ended, we’d go
hang out at his office and chew dip and talk about life, and spit into a spit cup
which is so disgusting. Now we both realized not to do that anymore. 2013 is
a dip-free zone.”
Best thrift store score ever: “A Sequential Circuits Pro 1synthesizer. Got
it from a furniture dealer. I didn’t know exactly what it was at the time, but I
knew I shouldn’t pass on it.”
Classic album would have loved to produce: “The Bowie-produced
Stooges stuff. I’d be into just being there. It seems like such a mess—in the
Song topic that will never stop being interesting: “The easiest topics
to write about are love or misfortune. If I’m making up lyrics on the spot, my
brain always goes that way.”
Guitar effect that should never not be used: Fuzz
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