I have a lot of respect for them. Hanni El Khatib: I took a long break from live shows and touring in general. Despite the different musical stylings, each track shares the same authentic attitude. In fact, I just wanted to use them as a way to experiment with my sound and try new things in order to help find my way to my next album. What do you love in this art? I would record the songs, get them mastered and release them almost immediately.
What do you listen to these days? I am a true lover of music, food, books, film, and stand-up comedy. But if I had to choose something, it might be Two Brothers or Paralyzed I was pretty stoked on how those two came out. El Khatib was booked to headline a Paris show with a special one-shot supergroup including drummer Alex Sowinski of BadBadNotGood, bassist Jonny Bell of Crystal Antlers and Dam-Funk collaborator and solo synthesizer wizard Computer Jay. Hanni El Khatib: When I look back in life and think about my role models when I was a kid, it was usually someone in my peer group or someone older than me showing me the ropes with whatever I was doing at the time. I had this mind-state every time I got in the studio. Why do you like France so much? What made you want to start playing music? His fourth album, Savage Times, was released a few months ago and he is now touring all over the world. Some of these new songs seem more « aggressive », I guess I should say more savage, like « Born Brown » for example.
Hope you guys enjoy the website as much as we like working on it. There are clear old-school blues and punk influences to Savage Times yet it simultaneously manages to have one of the most innovative and new sounds in recent rock. . Hanni El Khatib: I kind of feel like you when it comes to music. The American underground multi-instrumentalist, Hanni El Khatib poses a modern blues sprite on his latest album, 'Savage Times'.
He too was older than me, but he was the first guy to teach me what I know about recording and making music. Accompanied by Nicky Fleming's pounding drums, Khatib places his highly personal songs in robust settings, including post-punk garage guitars nuzzling Gonna Die Alone, lilting 80s disco in Paralyzed, electronic mutant disco-punk charging Born Brown, bluesy funk on Black Constellation and stealth missile dynamics on the lacerating title track. Hanni El Khatib: This is too difficult to list. I was careful about not hiding behind metaphors and abstract thought. For some reason I just seem to get along with the people here.
I also felt like I became to focused on playing live and wanted to shift my energy towards writing and producing music. During my break from live shows, it enabled me to have the time to work in the studio and really give all my energy over to creation. I wanted to write songs that mattered to me first and foremost. With 19 very different tracks to get through, listeners jump from track to track sporadically without getting the chance to explore each one properly, and as a result it feels a little long. Hanni El Khatib: When it comes to my relationship with Paris, in regards to music, I do still feel the same. And with the contrast in musical influences, there are tracks to suit whether you like jazz piano riffs or thrashy rock guitar. Hanni El Khatib: Well, like I was saying earlier, I took a break from touring to shift my energy towards writing and recording music.
Although only two songs have materialized so far, there are more coming. This was a new project, based on turning limitations-limited time, limited instruments, limited knowledge of how exactly to play strange new instruments-into inspiration, and of working non-stop with Bell to chase every idea until it either took flight or cracked into pieces. These dichotomies make Savage Times an unexpected listen but also an incongruous one. Its name is appropriate: is indeed raw, desperate, and chock-full of new ideas and sounds, making this a creative breakout for. On my downtime from shows I will hopefully continue to be in the studio recording more solo material as well as producing other bands.
What it lacks in overall cohesion is made up for by a scatterbrained sprawling in numerous directions, giving this the feeling of a career-spanning collection of rarities and experiments rather than the strange fruit of a one-year period. Cookies Preferences For information about cookies that are required for this website to operate correctly, please read our. Hanni El Khatib: My weirdest ones might not be that weird, but I find them to be funny. Making music was never new to me. The album is chaotic, raw, and seemingly all over the place yet it somehow maintains a cohesive identity throughout. Hanni El Khatib: I love the discipline, skill and technique it takes to be a good tattoo artist.
I will get hyper focused on a genre or artist and only listen to that. I always feel like something could be done differently or it can be improved somehow. So El Khatib teamed up with Bell and submerged himself completely into recording, this time decamping to Jazzcats for week after week of lockdown improvisation. I had been on the road for so long that I was forgetting what it was like to take my time and enjoy my normal life. Did you had any role models as you were a kid? He even took me out on my first tours, where I played in his band Her Space Holiday. Crédit Photo s: La version française arrive bientôt.