Big Every Time (B.E.T.) - Big Every Time

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - June 01, 2007

B.E.T., which began its musical journey back in 1993 as a backup gig for a local artist, has grown into a musical force that has infiltrated the radio waves and even the planes of go! airlines.

Tim Troxwell (Papa-T) and Joe Daniels Jr. (J.D.), the inflight voices for go! airlines, say that no matter how many times they hear their pre-flight safety instructions, it’s still neat to hear themselves when they get on the plane.

“They (go!) were at Don Ho’s in Aloha Tower celebrating that they were going to do an airline in Hawaii, and we were playing,” says Papa-T.”(Company president) Jon Ornstein was there, and he liked our sound. He approached us and asked if we could be their corporate sound.”

Next week marks the release of the duo’s fourth album, Big Every Time, and the guys are celebrating with a CD release party at Don Ho’s tomorrow night (June 2). The party starts at 9:30 p.m. and continues until closing.

“This new CD is like a little bit of each of our other CDs,” says J.D. “With each CD we like to keep it rounded. I think it’s our best album and our best-looking album.”

The album includes 15 original tracks, two tracks featuring Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winner Fiji. It stays true to the B.E.T. sound, blending hip-hop, reggae, R&B, ska and roots.

“The best way to describe our music is Polynesian P-Funk,” says J.D. “It’s just our blend.”

B.E.T. is proud to say that they have stayed true to themselves and their signature sound throughout the years.“We just keep up with the positive lyrics,” adds Papa-T. “All our songs are songs of reality and songs that a lot of people can relate to.”

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Q’n A

What is your most memorable musical moment?

J.D.: Performing at the Waikiki Shell with the choir. That was chicken skin.

Papa-T: Performing at the Shell, the sold-out Shell and being stuck in traffic and they’re already into one song in the set. And I’m running, it’s muddy and I almost trip over the roots of the tree in the back. I almost fell in the mud and I run on the stage. That was the most frightening, memorable moment. It was good response though because when I got on stage the crowd cheered because they knew it was supposed to be the two of us.

What food item is always in your kitchen?

Papa-T: Of course, milk.

But there’s a lot of mocha in my freezer.

J.D.: Seasoned salt. You know why? My parents they’re on like diets and they can’t cook anything with seasonings and spices, so I got to throw my own stuff on.

Who can always put you in a good mood?

Papa-T: My kids.

J.D.: My daughter. Unless you’re mad at them, then possibly my wife. Then, if not, I got to call him Papa-T and J.D.


Papa T: I jump from kid to kid if they make me mad. (laughs)

Papa-T and J.D.
Papa-T and J.D.

Do you remember where your first gig was?

Papa-T: It was the day we met. I was playing with a group Diane and the Boys. His mother grew up with Diane and he was coming back from Samoa. He came to a show and she introduced us and we went up and did Rapper’s Delight and mixed it up.

What sport would you like to go pro in?

J.D.: I’d say ping-pong.

Papa-T: Probably sport fishing.

Is there any genre of music that you can’t stand listening to?

Papa-T: Any song with vulgar lyrics or satanic lyrics, I don’t like. It’s negative for my kids to be listening to. I love the beats of hip-hop, but a lot of the lyrics are really corrupt to the kids. I really don’t like a lot of music they do that they have to mix with drugs and that beat just gives you headaches.

J.D.: I don’t like techno, I don’t like polka and I can’t stand yodeling.

If you were president, what would be the first thing you would do?

J.D.: I would definitely stop the war and put all that money that we’re putting into the war into the homeless situation.

Papa-T: Yeah, if I was president I would stop the war.

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