Uploaded on Aug 17, 2011
Jason Tom the Human Beatbox (Demo Reel)
Jason Tom Bio
Hawaii's premier human beatbox Jason Tom emerging from Honolulu's Chinatown has opened for Michael Winslow, Blue Scholars, Quest Crew and the Jabbawockeez and have been beatboxing for fun on audio cassette tapes since the age of 4 to Michael Jackson's "Bad" song. In the span of his career he has collaborated live with Jake Shimabukuro, Skillroy (Rock Steady Crew), Kamuela Kahoano, Pimpbot, Kealoha, Makana, Sheila Marie, Bruce Shimabukuro, Taimane Gardner, Hawaiian Ryan, Missing Dave, Kings of Spade, Bridget Gray, and more. He is the founder of the Human Beatbox Academy and is a co-founder of the ArtSmith. He has been on tour with Music With A Message and the American Lung Association since 2009.
Jason, influenced by the legendary song and dance men Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson, dazzled audiences with his beatbox rendition of Billie Jean by fusing the moonwalk popping dance and the art of vocal percussion known as beatboxing.
Jason is the "Best Solo Performer" award recipient of the 2011 Scene Choice. He is a "Musician Deserving of a Wider Audience" in the Best of Honolulu Weekly 2009 issue voted by its readers. Jason presented "Vocal Groove" at TEDxHonolulu 2011, with his beatbox blend of Ozzy Osbourne's Crazy Train and collaboration with surprise guest popper Philosophy. Interviewed by Angela Keen, his quote "successful people fail more" resonated with conference attendees of TEDxHonolulu 2009 and is what he lives by through faith in Christ Jesus and perseverance.
In 2010, Jason launched his "On The Beat" fashion shirt line with an R. Crumb 1970's "Keep On Truckin" feel customarily hand illustrated by artist JKS, perpetuating an optimistic and persevering message of following through life with passion, creativity, ideas, hopes, visions, and dreams. His video dubbed "Jason Tom From Hawaii" ranked number one on the BEATBOX BATTLE TV network. Jason took first place in the November and December 2011 First Thursdays Poetry Slam and advanced to the 2012 First Thursdays Grand Slam Finals hosted by Hawaii Slam.
Traveling coast to coast he performed at the 2011 Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle Finals in Oakland, California and the 2010 International Human Beatbox Convention in Brooklyn, New York. Jason is also featured beatboxing on Faioso's "I'm Movin' On" track in the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaii's Grammy Awards) "Best Hip-Hop/R&B" award nominated album "Nobody Owns Me."