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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 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