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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 definitely deserves an auditorium of his own. He done a lot promoting the arts(especially beat-boxing) and inspiring people like myself to enjoy and constantly try to perfect an art and have an unstoppable mindset.

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Congratulations, my friend! I'm so happy for you, Jason!!! How awesome and totally wicked would that be! I know you've worked really hard and is always inspiring people all over the world. You do you and keep up the great work. Dreams do come true and good things do happen to good people!

Now wouldn't that be something! Your art has definitely touched lives. I look forward to the day it gets built. I'll be excited for that sam choy aquatic center also :D

Aye that's lit. Keep doing what you're doing and you're putting a positive influence to a lot people

Jason Tom is a one-of-a-kind individual. During my sophomore year of high school, I remember watching him beatbox for our school for just a few minutes and was blown away by the amount of talent he was able to showcase in just that limited amount of time. Fast forward about three years or so, I was looking to write a feature story of a KCC alumnus/alumna for the KCC newspaper and came across Jason's name online. He was quick to respond to me when I reached out to him, and he was very interested in being featured. I got the chance to interview him, and couldn't believe the stories that he had to share with me. Over a two hour period, I was able to learn a lot about who Jason was, and he has proved to me that anybody can make it in life when even in the toughest situations. His humor and charismatic nature really bring his personality to life, and I blows me away to know that he has a positive impact on the community not only through his beatboxing but also through his words. Jason is inspiring, and I'm glad that I got to chat with him and share his story with many others and beyond.

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A child of the 1980's and child of God, Jason Tom, Hawaii's Human Beatbox, read Charlie's Victory, Moonwalk, Comeback & Beyond, Change Your Story.