Mr. Jason Tom the Human Beatbox of Hawai'i Nei Documentary
Blog posts : "Life"
Black Rhythm is one of my understudies... he's a wonderful human beatbox to look out for... he's already doing big things and he's only been doing this professionally for four years and is far exceeding many world class beatboxers known today that have been around far longer. I coached him from the very beginning and watched him grow.. he's wise and humble and a great student, a wonderful human being... and a wonderful friend. Black Rhythm is a true role model for his people and culture!!! …
Elaine Finnell (formerly known as Elaine Chao) is one of my earliest beatbox mentors. It's due to her inspirational Apollo live televised performance in 2003 that sparked an interest for me to pursue beatboxing professionally. Her snares, her mouth drumming, her scratches, crowd interaction is so on point!!! She was a co-worker of one of my first-cousins from the Bay Area.... who I am very close with. Elaine and I exchanged e-mails and she gave me wisdom and advice that it stuck with me forever.…
Spent quality time and enjoyed a meal together with the Freelance Fam Duke and Kiki King! We've believed in each other since the first time we met and have really grown together. We went through so much together, and we're a team! Words alone cannot express my level of gratitude for all the years of growing with the Freelance Fam!
I also received these "Jason Tom" handstyles by Tom Thum, fellow TEDx Talk beatboxer alumni. Not only is Tom Thum a world class beatboxer, but he also ha…
Based on a true story. I am grateful that two of my good female friends contacted me about Miracles From Heaven. I watched the advance movie preview a few nights ago and I have to say that Miracles From Heaven is an inspiring movie and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone when it hits movie theaters on March 16, 2016.
Hawaii's Human Beatbox Jason Tom performing for Trilogy II at Fresh Cafe Kakaako!
Photo credit: Eric Baranda of Frolic Hawaii
I am saddened to hear of the recent closing of Fresh Cafe Kakaako and Fresh Cafe Downtown! The downtown location was where the Honolulu Star-Advertiser interviewed me for a Today cover feature. I've also beatboxed there for First Fridays and other events. I remember it like it was yesterday when I beatboxed at one of the Kakaako location's first hip-hop events Last …
Celebrities such as Ellen DeGenerous, Beyonce and Taylor Swift recently generated their "2015 Best Nine" on Instagram. Find out what your 2015 Best Nine are at 2015BestNine.com and don't forget to add the hashtag #2015BestNine
Here are my 2015 Best Nine on Instagram @mrjasontom:
1. Me and my friend Miss Kauai USA Liane!
2. My friend Jody of Ukulele Hale and I collaborating on "Mr. Loo", a song about a manapua man, at Regal Bakery (video).
3. Jody beat-syncing to my beatboxing wi…
This year's Chinese New Year Festival was a success. I want to thank everyone who came out to Chinatown to celebrate the Year of the Horse!
Earlier this week I cruised with the Freelance Brand fam (shout out to model Keshia Mieko) after a performance and @honozooloo snapped photos of us in Waikiki. I'm laced with Freelance's brand new Plumeria 5 panel leather bill (with an original Aloha olioli underbill, only 50 made), black on black hoody, and red backpack. The other new addition is the raw denim snapback with three interchangeable patches. You can get your's at Sera's Surf and Shore (Ala Moana Shopping Center), iKandy Hawaii, 88…
Jason Tom "Love Letters"
In 2004, Hawaii's human beatbox Jason Tom started a beatbox performance ministry. Before First Fridays Hawaii (the underground art and music scene in Chinatown Honolulu) existed and back when First Thursdays HawaiiSlam was perhaps the most popular event in Chinatown at the time (Studio1 and pre-Fresh Café days). In 2006, Jason began a teaching ministry by facilitating a human beatbox workshop at Central Middle School. In late 2008, he re-kicked started his beatboxing p…
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps (George Harrison)"
instrumental music cover by Jake Shimabukuro and Jason Tom
featuring TEDx Talks by Hawaii presenters (published on March 5, 2012)
Jason Tom and Jake Shimabukuro, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2006
Jason Tom, Jake Shimabukuro, and Andrew Jim in Honolulu, Hawaii, 2011
Jake Shimabukuro is on a mission to revolutionize the world's perception of the ukulele. Starting out at a local coffee shop in Hawai‘i, Shimabukuro has swept onto the internation…
Here is my testimony about my personal Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. In 2008, my friend Janel invited me to a conference at the Waikiki Shell featuring the Katinas. God spoke to me during this conference and I did the salvation prayer with all my heart (he knocked on the door of my heart and I opened that door for him to come in).
Then my mentor John recommended that I pray to God to be planted at a home church. God heard my prayer and on Friday, October 24th, 2008 my friend Cherryanne invited…
I get asked from time to time how I got influenced into what I do with the art of beatboxing. To summarize, it essentially started off (during the pre-YouTube era) with Michael Jackson's music, then Michael Jackson as an artist, which gradually expanded to life experiences and other influences including Rahzel, Elaine Chao, and more along the way (i.e. Bobby McFerrin, Michael Winslow, Doug E. Fresh, etc.). To be more specific and in depth... I decided to devote this blog entry about my adventure…
It's official!!! I will be offering a beatboxing (vocal percussion) class for an after school program on Oahu. Big thank you goes out to Shelly, the Human Beatbox Academy's Jocelyn and Noa and friends! Below is the beatboxing class as seen in the program's catalog.
Vocal Percussion - the Art of Beatboxing
Jason Tom is a walking, talking instrument; an energetic combination of drums, snare, vocals and synthesizer, all replicated using his voice.
Class Description - All Grades
It starts with a hea…
If you folks remember, I was in the Bay Area of California for the Estria Graffiti Battle Invitational week of events earlier this year. For all you Coldplay fans out there, while there, I got picked up by an advertising agency firm to beatbox a recording for a Coldplay project on their song "Paradise." It was a lot of fun to work on, but unfortunately that project got canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.
It's not the first time a recording project I've worked on did not see the light of da…
I want to thank everyone that have wished me or are wishing me a happy birthday! I am grateful for every day that I am alive, breathing and beatboxing. Peace, love and beatboxing! Many blessings, prosperity, and happiness to all! -Jason Tom
Edit: Also on my birthday my presentation "Vocal Groove" at the TEDxHonolulu conference have been uploaded. Check it out, support it on YouTube and share it with your friends, peers, family, cats, dogs, pets and friends and everyone you know!
Here's an update from my last entry and more, the TEDx Honolulu 2011 "It's About Time" conference have officially rescheduled and relocated. It is now on 11.1.11 (Tuesday, November 1st, 2011) at the Cupola Theater, 2nd floor of the Honolulu Design Center. Be sure to apply to attend for a possible invitation, limited to 100 guests for a live experience of "ideas worth spreading." Also sponsors interested apply here.
Here is a shout out to Shay, she got A-Profiled by AArisings' Nelson Wong! Incr…
My prayers goes out to Japan! I know that recent current events is affecting many of us one way or another. Relief efforts are being worked on as I type on the Hawaii end. Hawaii also had tsunami warning sirens go off like crazy last week and a lot is happening.
Life of a beatboxer does not stop though and as tough as it is I needed to follow through with my pre-engagements. On Saturday, March 12th at 8:00AM HST I was invited weeks in advance to guest judge the Worldwide Ventrilo Beatbox Battle o…
Happy 2011 to all!! It feels good to be Twenty-Eleven!
I've personally been waiting for 2011 for a long while now ever since I came back to Honolulu from NYC in September 2010. I often feel, now more than before, that time is behind and it needs to catch up. You ever felt or feel that way or is it just me?
How was your 2010? Have you reflected upon your reach of goals, dreams and aspirations in 2010?
Reflecting back: year 2010 was a productive one and I would title it the "Year of the Hustle." I…
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