Premiere: Hanni El Khatib – ‘Paralyzed’

New video sparked by a dream...

Hanni El Khatib has shared the hypnotic video for 'Paralyzed'.

The songwriter's new album 'Savage Times' is out now, following its initial release as a series of five EPs.

Standout cut 'Paralyzed' is a fan favourite, and a clear highlight of any Hanni El Khatib live show.

The new video was sparked by a dream, and winds up channelling those classic MTV clips from the early 90s.

Hanni explains: "I had a dream or something occurred in my subconscious where I was performing with Michael Jackson. When I woke up in the morning I kept thinking about how cool it would be to get Michael Jackson to be in the 'Paralyzed' video."

Alas, however, Michael Jackson is no longer with us. However a sharp turn of events would lead the songwriter to another path…

"Daniel and I went to the Cozy Inn in Culver City one Sunday afternoon to talk about the video and the bartender, Robin Tapp, walked up asking us what we wanted to drink. We were both instantly captivated by her. She had on these Pepto Bismol pink hand strips that looked like a PBA bowling hand brace and this incredibly smooth voice. We got to talking with her and found out she was a singer/songwriter and asked her if she would want to do the video. Come to find out Robin was nominated for an Outstanding Original Song Emmy in 1993 for something she performed for the soap opera One Life To Live."

"With Robin set as our lead singer it made sense to live out my dream and hire some Michael Jackson impersonators as the backup dancers. One of them, Scorpio, is another Los Angeles legend who performed with Michael Jackson at the 1993 Super Bowl in Pasadena. He jumped out of the ceiling of the stadium. You know whether you are Michael Jackson or an Emmy nominated singer or a Michael Jackson impersonator we all just want to perform on any stage we can find."

Tune in now.

Catch Hanni El Khatib at the following shows:

26 Dublin Academy Green Room
28 Manchester Ruby Lounge
30 Bristol Thekla

1 Brighton Concorde 2
2 London Village Underground

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