Jason Tom and Tom Thum performed a live beatbox impromptu (freestyle) collaboration at the Ong King Art Center Sunday Open Mic in Downtown Honolulu's Arts District also known as Chinatown.
Jason Tom is an Asian American musician of Hawaii Chinese descent and is internationally recognized as Hawaii's finest, number one (#1), top, and best beatboxer. He is also known as the Hawaii Beatbox King and is no stranger to competition when he advanced in grand finals for 4 competitions and is a 1st place winner in 7 competitions. Based in Downtown Honolulu's Arts District also known as Chinatown, he compose pieces in the perspective of a poet, mouth drummer, vocal percussionist, and dancer essentially as a musician and beatboxer that blend traditional Hawaiian, hip hop, pop, funk, drum and bass, house, techno, electro, dancehall, reggaeton, jazz, rock, heavy metal, praise and worship, and dubstep genres of music. He has also been dubbed as the Human Skrillex. His musical influences include Michael Jackson, Bobby McFerrin, Rahzel, Doug E. Fresh, MC Jin, Gene Kelly, Jake Shimabukuro, and Makana.
He composed and wrote, "Beatbox Lobby," "Soundscape," "Listen Carefully," "Vocal Groove," "Soar Like An Eagle," "Breakthrough," and "Fresh" in anticipation for future project releases. He also is known for his beatbox interpretation of "Billie Jean" and "Bad" by Michael Jackson, "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osborne, "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force, "Spirit Break Out" by Kim Walker-Smith of Jesus Culture.
Outside of music, poetry and dance, Jason Tom worked with urban artists on ideas and concepts to communicate a visual message of perseverance through fashion in the t-shirt medium and released the "On the Beat" shirt hand drawn and inked by JKS with a 1970's R. Crumb "Keep On Truckin'" comic book vibe, and the "Soar Like An Eagle (Eyes on the Prize)" shirt designed by Duke King inspired by Philippians 3:14. He visited 30 something plus public and private schools and institutions on the Music With A Message tour, Say Yes To Purpose tour, METH Project Hawaii, and indepedent bookings. He co-owned and co-founded the Art Smith (currently known as the Creative) at the Chinatown Artist Lofts and founded the Hawaii Beatbox Academy (formerly known as the Human Beatbox Academy). The Hawaii Beatbox Academy is a mobile Hawaii beatbox school and beatbox curriculum that have been used at Hawaii's studios, after school programs, and lessons that was first developed in 2006. He was featured at the Word of Life G12 Hawaii Conference 2014: Awaken to Conquer, 2009 and 2011 TEDx Talk Conferences, and the 2010 RE:Think Hawaii Conference.
Jason Tom is HawaiiSlam's 2012 and 2015 First Thursdays Grand Slam Finalist, and he will represent Hawaii at the 2015 Beatbox Battle World Championships in Berlin, Germany. Jason Tom performed at the 2010 and 2014 American Beatbox Championships, 2010 International Human Beatbox Convention, and is featured in the "American Beatboxer" film documentary. His YouTube video dubbed "Jason Tom from Hawaii" went number one on the Beatbox Battle TV network in 2010 and in 2014 Jason Tom was featured on Beatbox Battle TV's YouTube Channel with 200,000 subscribers plus. He opened for Michael Winslow, Reeps One, B-Art, Soulfire Revolution, Blue Scholars, Jake Shimabukuro, Makana, the Jabbawockeez, and Quest Crew.
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