Australia's Tom Thum collaborated with Hawaii's Human Beatbox Jason Tom on a freestyle jam in the Downtown Honolulu arts district.
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. He has collaborated live with Michael Winslow, Tom Thum and Jake Shimabukuro. He is a fifth-generation Hawaiʻi Chinese American born and raised in Downtown Honolulu's Arts District. Growing up in the urban and southern coast of Oʻahu, Tom speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Since 2004 he has been rocking the mic as a freelance musician and inspirational speaker to young and old alike while spreading an urban a cappella art form 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. Tom has also been dubbed the Human Skrillex.
In 2006 and 2007, he placed in four consecutive Kapiʻolani Community College talent contests. Then one Friday evening in October 2008 became the turning point in his journey and spiritual life. He entered the nationwide Emerge Talent Contest at Word of Life, vying for a $600 cash prize. Prior to the performance, he prayed, promising God that if he did well, he would not give up no matter how hard life got. If he did poorly, he would move on to something else, maybe become a math teacher. Regardless of the outcome, he promised he would continue to pursue a closer walk and personal relationship with Jesus. Tom was the last to perform out of 12 contestants, and emerged as the 1st-place winner. He continues to look to God for guidance in his endeavors as a professional beatboxer.
In Honolulu, audiences first took note of Tom for his cover routine of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” that he fused with beatboxing, singing, dance and the moonwalk. His original song "Listen Carefully" was inspired by the sound and feel of Bobby McFerrin, Rahzel of the Roots, and MC Jin. The “Billie Jean” routine and Tom’s original tunes have also been described as a combination of rap and electric dance music. The sound library produced by his voice includes kicks, snares, hi-hats, bass, synths, tom-toms, and wobbles.
Tom, 34, is a three-time performance poet grand finalist of Hawaiʻi Slam's First Thursdays poetry slam. He is dubbed the Michael Jordan of the largest registered slam poetry competition in the world.
As the founder of the Human Beatbox Academy and co-founder of the Hawaiʻi Hip-Hop Collective, Tom does outreach with performances, workshops and events for people of all ages. He has toured China and collaborated with groups such as Hawaiʻi Meth Project and Music With A Message.
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."
In 2010, Tom became the first Asian American beatboxer in the nation to be featured on the website of the global beatboxing multimedia platform Beatbox Battle Network and then in 2014 on the Beatbox Battle TV YouTube channel of over 451,407 subscribers. In 2011, he presented "Vocal Groove" on the TEDx Talks YouTube Channel subscribed by 6,495,595 viewers. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the Top 150 professional beatboxers in the world for the Beatbox Battle World Championship, the World Cup competition for beatboxing, in Berlin, Germany. He has been dubbed Hawaiʻi's King of Beatbox.
In 2016, Tom with 6,291 community votes finished as the Top 3 musician out of 40 contestants of musicians and bands in the McDonald's of Hawaiʻi's Inaugural NextNext Statewide Music Competition and Charity Event that he also helped to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Hawaii Charity. He will also be awarded a $1,000 prize that will go back toward his music endeavors and he will also receive a development deal offer with Amazing Record Co. Tom recently performed eight-shows with the cast and crew of "Creation," a production presented by Prisma Dance at Paliku Theatre that featured dance, music, acrobatics, poetry, beatbox, aerial, piano, and art. In Sydney, Australia he worked on an exclusive beatbox project that will launch this May 2017. He has over 15,981 fans and followers on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Reverbnation, Twitter, Myspace, and more.http://www.JasonTom.comhttp://instagram.com/mrjaso...http://twitter.com/mrjasontomhttp://facebook.com/mrjasontom