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    “Jason Tom is a walking, talking instrument; an energetic combination of drums, snare, vocals and synthesizer, all replicated using his voice,” -Tracy Chan, Photographer and Frolic Hawaii Blogger

    A child of the 1980's and child of God, Jason Tom, Hawaiʻi's Human Beatbox, began beatboxing and scat singing at the tender age of four to the chorus of Michael Jackson's "Bad" on audio cassette tape.  As a fourth-generation Hawaiʻi Chinese American on his father's side, he is an avant-garde freelance beatboxer, motivational speaker, voice actor, live and studio session musician, host, math coach, prayer warrior, and blogger. He is also the founding teacher of the Human Beatbox Academy that has equipped and trained the next generation of world champion beatboxers. With musical instruments, he has played with a 15-key toy piano, an ukulele, tuba, taken voice lessons, and played an erhu also known as the Chinese violin though his favorite instrument is beatboxing the art of vocal percussion. He is also the creative mind behind "JT the Beatboxing Gecko," the collectible shirts, "On the Beat," "Eyes on the Prize," and "Make Noise." He has opened for Michael Winslow, the Jabbawockeez, Quest Crew, and Blue Scholars, and he has collaborated live with Tom Thum, Jake Shimabukuro, Kamuela Kahoano, and Makana. Born and raised in Downtown Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, USA, he has also lived in San Francisco, New York, and Beijing, China. Growing up in the urban and southern coast of Oʻahu, Tom speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin. People are reminded of Buffy of the Fat Boys, Michael Winslow, the Pentatonix, and Rahzel when they listen to Jason Tom.

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    “Jason Tom is a walking, talking instrument; an energetic combination of drums, snare, vocals and synthesizer, all replicated using his voice,” -Tracy Chan, Photographer and Frolic Hawaii Blogger

    A child of the 1980's and child of God, Jason Tom, Hawaiʻi's Human Beatbox, began beatboxing and scat singing at the tender age of four to the chorus of Michael Jackson's "Bad" on audio cassette tape.  As a fourth-generation Hawaiʻi Chinese American on his father's side, he is an freelance beatboxer, motivational speaker, voice actor, live and studio session musician, host, math coach, prayer warrior, and blogger. With musical instruments, he has played with a 15-key toy piano, an ukulele, tuba, voice lessons, an erhu also known as the Chinese violin though his favorite instrument is beatboxing the art of vocal percussion. He is also the creative mind behind "JT the Beatboxing Gecko," the collectible shirts, "On the Beat," "Eyes on the Prize," and "Make Noise." He opened for Michael Winslow, the Jabbawockeez, Quest Crew, and Blue Scholars, and he has collaborated live with Tom Thum, Jake Shimabukuro, Kamuela Kahoano, and Makana. Born and raised in Downtown Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, USA, he has also lived in San Francisco, New York, and Beijing, China. Growing up in the urban and southern coast of Oʻahu, Tom speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin. People are reminded of Buffy of the Fat Boys, Michael Winslow, the Pentatonix, and Rahzel when they listen to Jason Tom.

    "As a way to put his skill and talent out in the public eye, he would volunteer and perform at school assemblies and community functions. Because of this publicity he gained the well-known reputation of 'Hawaii’s King of Beatbox,'" - Jolica Domdom, Hogan Entrepreneur and Chaminade Silversword Journalist

    Since 2004 he has been rocking the mic to young and old alike while spreading an urban a cappella vocal tradition known as vocal percussion. His unique style mixes old- and new- school beatboxing with hip-hop, house and dubstep with his own personal touch and personality. On his school tour a fan dubbed him to be the Human Skrillex.

    "I don't think I can think of a better example of stretching the limits of potential than what Jason Tom can do with his voice.  The sounds that he creates from his body are seriously incredible.  Beyond that, what he has done with his talent is truly inspiring. His performance at TEDx Talks was one of the ones that inspired me to start this blog." -Jennifer Takahashi, Inspiration Cupcake Blogger

    Tom has been invited as featured presenter at TEDx Talk conferences, the 6th International Human Beatbox Convention and the 1st and 5th American Beatbox Championship in New York City, and is also featured in the documentary film, "American Beatboxer."
    Tom became the first Asian American and American Born Chinese beatboxer in the nation to be featured on the website of the global beatboxing multimedia platform Beatbox Battle Network and "Jason Tom from Hawaii" broadcasted on the Beatbox Battle TV YouTube channel. His "Vocal Groove" beatbox showcase broadcasted on the TEDx Talks YouTube Channel. In 2015, he ranked as one of the top 150 professional beatboxers in the world to qualify for the Beatbox Battle World Championship, the World Cup festival for beat boxing, in Berlin, Germany.

    In 2016, Tom finished as the Top 3 musician winning $1,000 prize in the McDonald's of Hawaiʻi NextNext Music Competition and Charity Event with 6,291 votes which raised proceeds for his charity of choice the Ronald McDonald House Hawaii. In Sydney, Australia, he completed a project that is slated to launch in 2018 and 2019. He has over 30,958 social media fans, followers and colleagues. The Jason Tom Amphitheater has been proposed by Kapiʻo News staff writer Chris Takahashi to be built on the campus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Kapiʻolani Community College in honor of him as one of their famed alumnus.

    Note: Thank you and mahalo to Nina Wu of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for biography assistance.

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