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January 1, 2016 at 01:48PM

I just learned that Yahoo News archived two videos of my KITV Morning News appearance. Yes, there's a band-aid on my left cheek and no, it's not an attempt of my Nelly look, but it was to cover up my allergic reaction to an insect bite. I felt very self-conscious with the band-aid on.

Local beatboxer shares his sounds
by KITV - Honolulu Videos 2:17 mins

Description: Jason Tom is a local beatboxer sharing his distinct sounds around the world, and to local keiki through his "music with a message."

Interview Transcript
Jill Kuramoto: Still here with us this morning in the RAW artists series, we got the beatboxing tunes of Oahu's own Jason Tom. He's performed for nearly a decade and is educating many young and old about the art. Welcome Jason, thanks for coming in!

Jason Tom: Welcome!

JK: So you told me earlier that you been doing this since you were four?

JT: Since I was 4-years-old, for fun, and I got into performing in 2004.

JK: And you've actually gotten pretty far with this now, tell me.

JT: I've traveled, gone to, you know the East Coast, the West Coast, and in China too, overseas.

JK: Wow, so you're pretty much Hawaii's only/most recognized beatboxer?

JT: Most recognized. There's other beatboxers too. I teach kids and they've picked up the art too.

JK: And now, so right now you're just competing and then you're telling me that you're also going to the schools.

JT: Yeah, just doing tours, Say Yes To Purpose and Music With A Message. Um, I'm mainly performing. Performing. Not.. Every now and then I'll enter a poetry slam. First Thursdays.

JK: Every now and then when you're feeling the urge? Yeah?

JT: Yeah, just the itch to get in there.

JK: (Laughs) But competing is what you enjoy the most?


JT: Um, performing is what I enjoy the most. And competing just keeps me on my toes.

JK: And what do you tell the kids when you go into the schools?

JT: I tell them, I share that I'm not on drugs, stay in school, don't give up. Go, keep, go with their dreams and stuff like that. So...

JK: And you think they can kind of relate to the beatboxing?

JT: Yeah, 'cause it's you know? Young and hip.

JK: (Laughs) Alright, well, it's great to have you here and you're gonna perform for us for a little bit. Show us what it's all about. Alright Jason Tom, hit it!

Oahu Beatboxer Jason Tom performs
by KITV - Honolulu Videos 2:04 mins

Description: He's performed for nearly a decade, and is educating many young and old about the art form of beatboxing.

Interview Transcript
Jill Kuramoto: In this morning in our RAW artists series, we got the beatboxing tunes of Oahu's own Jason Tom. He's performed for nearly a decade and is educating young and old about the art. Good morning, thanks for joining us this morning.

Jason Tom: Good morning Jill!

JK: So you been doing this since you were four? Beatboxing is actually a lot harder than it looks?

JT: It's a lot of fun.

JK: (Laughs) Yeah and so, you've been performing for a decade. These days, that's what you're doing, but you're going into the schools too?

JT: Yes, I visit Oahu schools, high schools and middle schools and sometimes elementary.

JK: What are you telling them?

JT: Just sharing that you can definitely follow your dreams, and just work hard, stay in school. Stay away from drugs, because that can mess anyone up.

JK: And so, you've actually taken your talents to the mainland. You've been competing. And you told me recently that you're in a movie too.

JT: Yes, I'm in a film called, "American Beatboxer," and it's based in New York. And I went there to represent Hawaii. So it's being screened right now in film festivals.

JK: Awesome! Alright, well congratulations! And we're glad to have you here this morning. So you're going to give us some beatboxing skills? Give us some taste?

JT: Sure!

JK: Alright, take it away!

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You are a man of many talents! A true renaissance man.
Every time I hear a gecko in my house, I feel a sense of peace. Gecko Man!

That is such a neat story and cool creation to use from it! I believe Jason Tom becomes more and more creative because he has an audience to speak to. Keep expressing JT! We're absorbing you!!

I am glad you are putting your dreams into reality! The only way to progress is to always push forward. Every step will lead you to your destination. I am wondering what your plans are for this logo? Honest opinion, visually, the color of him is a little washed out. Depending on how you brand this and use it, people may not understand what this is, but is an amazing vector and captures your personality and essence. I can't wait to see where this takes you!

I really like the concept and the drawing! Really moves the reader

Cool story bro.

This is pretty dope! And cute story

It's an awesome drawing.

Awesome J! Thx for sharing, really dig Gecko Man! Cool to hear about your personal experiences and how they influence your art. Keep it up man, you're rocking it!

As much as I hate Geckos this is super duper cool!!

Awesome bro! I think the story behind it seals the deal. Keep up the good work and keep doing you!

Super cute! I love this!


You're very talented Jason!!!!!
I thought this gecko is you tho(´◡͐`)
Awesome work, I really love him!!!!!!

I love it. I love gecko's . The gecko have always brought me so much joy and laughter. When I see a Gecko - I thank Jah - Gecko is so you. Spreading your light to all. I love when they especially share their music. Awesome choice

dope, you could make it into a kids book some how.