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A beat from the Heart

December 23, 2015 at 10:56PM

"A beat from the Heart" is an article written by a contributing freelance writer on the local music and entertainment scene*

Jason Tom, The Human Beatbox, delivers quite the performance with his extensive vocal capacity, elevating energy, and overall charismatic presence. Tom has perfected the ability to produce a whirlwind of sound, a collaboration of new school and old school hip-hop using man’s original music maker, his voice. A nearly impossible feat for many to convey on a simple level, Jason has mastered the art of beatboxing; able to incorporate everything from snares, heartbeats, claps, and everything in between; all while singing simultaneously.

Jason first began making vocal beatboxing sounds at just four years old. Never having been exposed to the art of beatboxing; Jason explored and experimented with his voice, creating sounds while trying to audibly emulate his favorite songs. The first song Jason recorded was a beat-based interpretation of Michael Jackson’s hit single Bad. From this point on, Jason would experiment with his voice; recording, listening, and modifying his sound, in order to match the beat and melodies of the original songs. “If I heard a sound that I liked, I felt it in my gut, from there I’d tell myself I want to become that sound, that instrument. I was born with it, so I’d rather do it with my voice,” Jason shares, explaining his habitual talent.

Tom grew up listening to Michael Jackson, one of his greatest musical inspirations. He would later gain beatboxing inspiration from profound artists Bobby McFerrin, Michael Winslow, Rahzel the Godfather of Noise; Doug E. Fresh; Buffy of the Fat Boys; and Biz Markie. “I’d have to thank my mom too, she would always play her vinyl records, and I would get so excited listening to the music.” Jason shared.

From classroom performances to a KCC talent show; rocking the stage at First Thursdays, to aweing the crowd at the Hawaiian Hut and other renowned local venues; Jason Tom has performed all over Oahu since his 2004 debut. “My first performance was in a classroom; it took a lot of nerves because I used to do it at home only and so it was very personal.” Jason has not only creatively grown as a musical artist over the years; he has gained knowledge in the business aspects of music as well.

Today, Jason teaches the art of beatboxing to children, at his self-established Human Beatbox Academy. Jason aims to guide and inspire our youth towards their aspirations through creative expression. Apart from teaching, he continues to perform at various hot spots all over Oahu.

“Successful people fail more," you’re going to go through hard times; you just have to keep going though, and never give up. You have to be resilient and persevere,” Jason renders.

You can visit jasontom.com or like his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mrjasontom for updates on upcoming events, performances and other tidbits. You can also experience Jason’s sound by checking out Faioso’s I’m Movin’ On (featuring Jason Tom) on Amazon and ITunes.

*originally sent (unedited) on June 7, 2013

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Great article. Happy New Years JT!

Beautiful insightful article!!!!



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Thank you for sharing your nuggets. Very creative. I Like how you mention "pulling weeds by its roots rather then cutting it".

It was great to hear,good inspiration and nice to know from a different perspective of how we can look at life so thank you for the message

Great nuggets of wisdom! I especially love how you rephrased "Live each day like it's your last" to "Live each day like it's your first." Amen!

I met him on the dance floor at Ong King and he hasn't forgotten the few details I shared about myself.
Soulfully said already, Jason has a way with making a person feel worth. He has a light from inside that drives his love and talent out into the world and into your eyes ears and heart. Keep spreading the you Jason Tom!!

Jason is undoubtedly one of Hawaii's most thrilling entertainers. Reaching out to his community and uplifting others is deep in his blood. On stage he is a class act, and offstage he is a genuine influencer, a teacher of faith, a perseverer, a trailblazer, and a friend to many (including me). I ran into him with my family a few years ago at an Ala Moana show, where he approached me and told me to "check this out." AWESOME beatboxing ensued.

Consider it lucky to have such a well-rounded, dedicated entertainer who is not only able to put on a spectacular show as an innovative beatboxer but also is able to step off stage and infect others with all the plethora of care, enthusiasm, and optimism that he carries in his heart.

He is Jason Tom - and, ladies and gentlemen, he's a good one

The worlds #1 beatboxer!

A super energetic performer and entertainer.

Though I've never met him, he appears to be a holistic individual who emphasizes on being healthy spiritually, mentally and physically. I believe this is what has driven him to achieve his goals and kept him running the race :)

Upbeat, both in personality and in art. A connecting force in the community and music circles. Fresh energy in the international beatboxing realm. Innovative niche-maker in Hawaiian entertainment. Christ-follower. Someone I have known for years and am glad to call friend. That's Jason Tom to me.

Jason Tom is living proof that dreams come true if you work for it! He is a mentor, an inspiration, and continues to be humble through all his achievements. He is a friend to all!

Some people tell you about their dreams. Jason Tom actively pursues it every day.

Jason (or “Spidermon” as I used to call him in Highschool) can be perceived as a bit shy on the surface. He is still the same kind and genuine person as before except now more well-known. He is ready to bust out his beatboxing talent anytime and anywhere and share his passion with anyone willingly to learn and listen.

He exudes a special type of charisma that you can’t help but to feel inspired in his presence. Because you can see the overflowing passion in his eyes while it also tugs at your soul. I know he attributes much of his success and opportunities to GOD, but he is a super hard worker who is constantly working to improve his craft and himself. Because he never settles for just good enough.

The most important thing (I believe), is that he has not forgotten he is human-- who lives and hurts just like the rest of us. But he is able to turn the negatives and use it as incentives for positive development.

If you ever have doubts in yourself, Jason is the living proof that anything is possible.

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Jason Tom is my very talented friend...in my eyes and experience he is one of the world's best beat box entertainer and a master at his talent in rythms and beats and tones...very first time I saw and met him a few years ago at a event in Aloha Tower Honolulu, when i heard him I knew then he would be as good as he wants to be...keep it up my friend
Rolando Sanchez

Jason is very talented. He can sing, beatbox and draw!

Jason Tom is a pioneer of the art of human beatbox in Hawai. Artist, Educator, Creative Entrepeneur.

Jason is an amazing beatboxer who captures his audience with his talented array of beats. His desire is not to keep his talent, yet to inspire others to grow their ability to stardom. Generously gives his time and talents to delivery a positive message while he was volunteering for MUSIC WITH A MESSAGE for almost a decade reaching over 10,000 to 20,000 students each year high and middle schools.

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