FRNT BZNZZ (Ted de Oliveira)

Music from the Hawaiian Islands often evokes images of tropical paradise, sunny beaches, laid back encounters. Ted de Oliveira shows us the other side.

Ted — also known as FRNT BZNZZ (Front Business) — comes from a musical family. His father is legendary Brazilian percussionist Carlinhos do Pandeiro, who now resides in LA. His mother is Sandy Tsukiyama, once Nohelani Cypriano’s backup singer and percussionist in the 70s and now host of The Brazilian Experience, one of Hawaii’s top radio programs.

The artist can be found in Honolulu collaborating with local musicians, producers and vocalists in his studio tucked away on the side of a mountain in a Manoa Valley home.