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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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Jason kind of reminds me a gecko; a gecko always adapts and recovers from all the hardships he went through. The curves in Tom Thum's "Jason Tom" logo design looks really cool!

It's nice to see Jason's personality imbued in a gecko designed by him. Cool, fitting, totally Jason lol. I like it!

Jason Tom is a really dope guy. He's really funny, chill and positive. He inspires me. Jason Tom really loves God. He's awesome.

it is D O P E ❤️

This is so inspiring and great. I hope you continue what you're doing because you're amazing!

Your new name logo looks fantastic. Really fancy cursive. Keep up the good work Mr. Tom.

The logo looks awesome! Keep on making a difference in this world one beat at a time!

I thinks this is good for u keep up the good work love the new name keep on keeping on bro way to make the world change and put a little beat in there step box in there lives on to bigger and better things

Hey man I really dig the new logo! It suits you!

Awww I love all of them Jason, especially Tom Thum's one attracted me a lot :D Just DOPE!!!!!!!!!

Awww that's amazing Jason!!! I love the sounds of ukulele and awesome Collaboration with your koool beat box(´◡͐`)☆

That was brilliant good on to the both of you

That was great mix of the new and old . That was really impressive I liked so much. I like how he taught you one thing and you taught him one thing.

Mahalo mahalo for sharing the traditions and aloha! Continue spreading the love and being you❤️

Yoo! my brother from another MOUTHer!!
That's fresh logo as you are! Come down Japan and let's rock together!!

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Jason Tom is an American Freelance beatboxer, voice actor, inspirational speaker, session musician, designer, blogger, slam poet, TEDx presenter