Who is Jason Tom?
“Jason Tom is a walking, talking instrument; an energetic combination of drums, snare, vocals and synthesizer, all replicated using his voice,” as shared by photographer and blogger Tracy Chan
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 American of Hawaiʻi Chinese descent on his father's side, he is a musician, freelance beatboxer, moonwalker, inspirational speaker, voice actor, session musician, host, Human Beatbox Academy founder, mathematician, Phi Theta Kappa and Freeman Foundation China scholar, and author of JasonTom.com the Jason Tom Lifestyle Blog of Music, Hip Hop And Faith based out of Downtown Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, USA.
From the early 1990's through the early 2000's, Tom founded an independent comic book company as publisher, writer, and artist. He then pursued an athletic endeavor in soccer that shifted from being a judo fighter into a math teacher and scholar before ultimately music and beatboxing tugged at his heart. "I said, 'why not, put it out there, get out there and perform. Perpetuate the art form of beatboxing.' I love beatboxing, because that's my instrument," as Jason Tom shared on Art And Flea's Do What You Love Series.
Formerly camera shy, he released "Beatbox Lobby" on YouTube that followed with "Jake Shimabukuro jams with human beatbox - LIVE!" Then "Jason Tom from Hawaii" got featured on Beatbox Battle TV's YouTube channel and his "Vocal Groove" showcase got featured on the TEDx Talks' YouTube Channel
Chaminade Silversword journalist Jolica Domdom wrote, "after being struck by a van at the age of 21, Jason Tom was hit with the realization of what he was doing with his life. Having a near-life death experience was a wakeup call and a reality check for Tom to pursue a career he is passionate about, which is beatboxing."
He opened for Michael Winslow, the Jabbawockeez, Quest Crew, and Blue Scholars. Tom collaborated live with Tom Thum, Jake Shimabukuro, Honoka & Azita, Heart & Soul, Kamuela Kahoano, and Makana. Born and raised in Honolulu, he 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.
"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 'Hawaiʻi’s King of Beatbox,'" Jolica Domdom added.
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
Jennifer Takahashi blogged, "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."
The Jason Tom Amphitheater proposed by Kapiʻo News made it on the Christmas Dream List for KCC 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. Since then Kapiʻo News featured him in an alumnus write up.
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