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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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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.