Jason Tom is an Asian American musician, teacher, and speaker of Hawaii Chinese descent based in Downtown Honolulu's Arts District also known as Chinatown. He is Mr. Hawaii Beatbox, a one of a kind pageantry. Jason Tom began beatboxing, scat singing, and doing vocals simultaneously at the same time in Hawaii around the age of four to six in the mid 1980s. Jason Tom recorded himself on audio cassette tapes of his own beatboxing renditions of the the 1987 song "Bad" and the 1991 song "Black or White" that Michael Jackson wrote and composed for his "Bad" and "Dangerous" albums respectively. Jason Tom is known internationally as the Hawaii Beatbox King. He emerged into the music and performance arts scene since 2004 and presented beatboxing to the Hawaiian Islands and the 50th State also known as the Great Aloha State of Hawaii at the legal age of 21. As a world champion beatboxer and traveler, he is not a stranger to competition when he advanced in 4 grand finals and won 1st place in 7 competitions. He composes a song piece in the perspective of a performance poet with poetry in sound, 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. Jason Tom's musical influences include Michael Jackson, Bobby McFerrin, Rahzel, Doug E. Fresh, MC Jin, Gene Kelly, Jake Shimabukuro, and Makana.
He volunteered and visited more than 30 public and private schools (some more than once) and institutions on the Music With A Message tour, Say Yes To Purpose tour, and METH Project Hawaii. He co-owned and co-founded the Art Smith (currently known as the Creative) at the Chinatown Artist Lofts and founded the "Hawaii Beatbox" curriculum that have been used at Hawaii's studios, after school programs, and workshops that was developed in 2006.
Jason Tom competed and showcased at the 2014 American Beatbox Championships in New York, the birthplace and mecca of hip hop culture. His competition, showcase performance, and New York freestyle shout out is documented on the States of Beatbox YouTube Channel. Earlier that same year, he performed at the Word of Life G12 Conference: Awaken to Conquer. Also in 2014, "Jason Tom from Hawaii - Freestyle - Beatbox Battle TV" was uploaded by Beatbox Battle TV, the first time an Asian American and Hawaii beatboxer has been featured on their YouTube channel of over 200,000 subscribers and the second time on their website network. That video has 19,000 plus views, second in YouTube views only to Jason Tom's collaboration with Jake Shimabukuro in November 2006, "Jake Shimabukuro jams with human beatbox - LIVE!," with more than 155,000 views.
Jason Tom advanced as a Top 8 Poet Finalist at HawaiiSlam's 2012 First Thursdays Grand Slam Finals as a beatboxer doing poetry in sound. On November 1, 2011, he presented "Vocal Groove" at the TEDx Honolulu Conference: It's About Time. He showcased as a performer and released his "On The Beat" shirt in the Big Apple, the fashion capitol of the world, at the 2010 International Human Beatbox Convention and 2010 American Beatbox Championships that are both documented in the 2013 "American Beatboxer" movie screened at film festivals, institutions and universities (i.e. Harvard University) worldwide. His 2010 YouTube video dubbed on the Beatbox Battle TV website as "Jason Tom from Hawaii" is the first out of two Hawaii beatbox videos to be featured and the first to be ranked number one on the Beatbox Battle TV network. He presented as an entertainer at the 2009 TEDx Honolulu Conference: Shift and was interviewed by former Hawaii news journalist Angela Keen and built a rapport with conference attendees with a borrowed quote that he lives by, "successful people fail more."
He opened for Michael Winslow, Reeps One, B-Art, Soulfire Revolution, Blue Scholars, Jake Shimabukuro, Makana, the Jabbawockeez, and Quest Crew. Jason Tom is currently preparing and training to compete as a finalist at HawaiiSlam's 2015 First Thursdays Grand Slam Finals at Fresh Cafe Kakaako and the 2015 Beatbox Battle World Championships at Astra Kulturhaus Berlin.
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