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AMIN Interview

April 13, 2010 at 04:39PM

A few weeks ago I did an interview with May Pang's Asian Media Internet News (AMIN) journalist Maimounah Masudi. I share my story along with my experiences with opening for Quest Crew, the Jabbawockeez, Michael Winslow, and my awe-inspiring experience at the International Secret Agents concerts in 2009. Click below image for the complete interview:



Hawaii is known as one of the most beautiful places on earth. I dream of going there one day to walk its beaches and experience the wonderful culture. Hawaii is more than surfing, bright floral shorts, spam musubi, hula dancing, and ukuleles. There is a music culture in Hawaii that is pioneered by hot and vibrant artists that for the most part don’t reach the ears of those on the mainland. I recently did an interview wi…

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Jason Tom AZNRAPS interview

March 5, 2010 at 01:00AM


http://www.aznraps.com/index.php/Features/Interviews/Hawaiian-Beatboxer-Jason-Tom.html

AZNRaps: When did you start beatboxing?

Jason Tom: My former high school classmate Jess Navarrete overheard me beatboxing to myself while I did classwork my freshman year, and I still remember the look on his face 'til this day. He was sitting far away from me, but the look on his face when he turned around was priceless. He thought I had hid a radio somewhere, but the music actually came through me. I had kept my beatboxing to myself then, and all of my former high school classmates/friends (except for Jess) had no idea that I beatboxed.

Back then I aspired to be a comic book artist and my other open option was to be an athlete in soccer or judo. After high school I eventually…

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Happy Chinese New Year!

February 14, 2010 at 12:03PM

I want to wish you a Happy Chinese New Year, lunar new year, and Spring Festival! gong xi fa cai! It's also Valentine's Day ♥. So happy Valentine's Day to you!

My personal 5 Recap on what has gone on in relation to my beatboxing from December 2009 to February 2010 in chronological order:

1. Opening for Michael Winslow was the cream of the crop for my entire 2009 and career. It was a real honor to work with someone I grew up watching in the Poice Academy films. After my performance he encouraged me to keep doing what I do, and that meant a lot. Major thanks goes out to my sponsor Freelance Clothing (do check out them out, you can also get their stuff at Dig Lifestyles)! Shout out to the Freelance fam Just For Fun Krew, Jay, Kenny, and B3@k 03! I also want to thank R…

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Metromix 20 Things to Do

January 28, 2010 at 10:12PM

Source: http://honolulu.metromix.com/events/essay_photo_gallery/20-things-to-do/1732724/content
Aloha for Haiti

Cherry Blossom Cabaret and The Mercury Bar host a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders, one of the groups providing aid in Haiti. Performers include dancer Willow Chang, Samba Axe, slam poet Bridget Gray, Dakini Dance Company, beatboxer Jason Tom, Laughtrack Theater comedians, DJ Jetboy and DJ Rolando de la Vega.

Aloha for Haiti Fundraiser
The Mercury Bar
Friday, Jan. 29 at 9 p.m.
$10 donation suggested, 21+

 

WTFHawaii's Launch Party
Maybe you haven't heard of these guys, but chances are, you will. Whether they're a few crazy guys just out to have fun in Hawaii ("It's like 'Lonely Planet' meets 'Jackass,'" according to their Facebook description) or …

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Last Call & Metromix Picks

December 26, 2009 at 02:59AM

Tonight (Saturday) I'll be performing for Last Call at Fresh Cafe. 8pm-2am, FREE, All Ages!

ART FROM: Angry Woebots, Honozooloo, Ekundayo, Ckaweeks, Poncho, Beso
MUSIC FROM: Kavet the Catalyst, DJ Jet Boy, DJ Memoirs, Nomasterbacks, Kilowatts da Mongoose, Jason Tom the Human Beatbox

Metromix recently picked "20 things to do in Honolulu" before New Year's eve:
http://honolulu.metromix.com/events/essay_photo_gallery/20-things-to-do/1680897/content

Two out of the 20 picked are shows/events I'm also performing for:
Diverse Art Center at Ala Moana Centerstage

If you go shopping for sales on the day after Christmas, check out a performance by the talented representatives of Diverse Art Center, a network of local artists, dancers and filmmakers who offer classes and work…

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Shaka Talk episode 5 LIVE stream

October 15, 2009 at 11:00PM

In about one hour from now (after this blog have launched) you can catch the live stream of episode 5 of Shaka Talk featuring Jason Tom on Olelo.org.

Shaka Talk episode 5 commercial version 2

LIVE steams on Olelo.org and TV air dates on ‘Ōlelo 52 for Shaka Talk episode 5 featuring Jason Tom are:
Friday, October 16, 12:00AM (midnight)
Friday, October 23, 12:00AM (midnight)
Friday, October 30, 12:00AM (midnight)
Friday, November 06, 12:00AM (midnight)

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Jason Tom on Shaka Talk episode 5

October 13, 2009 at 09:09PM

This Thursday night the 5th episode of Shaka Talk will have its television premiere on ‘Ōlelo 52 at 11:59PM. I believe a YouTube commercial of it is in the making as I type.

The 5th episode will feature a half-hour interview I did with show host Diar "D.R." Rhea and co-host Edna McMan. It's my first full length video/TV interview, and it was recorded before I left for Los Angeles. The Shaka Talk interview was fun to do. I want to thank Doug Upp (I've known Doug ever since I started performing LIVE back in 2004) for inviting me and of course all of his past & future guests on the show. Shaka Talk is about the guests that it features. I also want to thank Ty for his awesome work as well.

I know there are those of you out there who don't own a television or have…

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TGIF MetroMix Cover Story

October 2, 2009 at 11:27AM

Jason Tom's got beat

The young beatboxer is a walking, talking instrument
by Tracy Chan
Metromix

http://honolulu.metromix.com/music/article/jason-toms-got-beat/1504432/content

^----this version has an exclusive photo gallery and video performance from 2008.

He's got beat

Jason Tom captivating audiences with human beatbox skills
by Tracy Chan
Metromix

http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20091002/ENT/910020317/He%20s%20got%20beat

^---this version has some photos and an exclusive video shot for the Honolulu Advertiser in a freight elevator.

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Artist spotlight in the 808 Scene Zine

August 7, 2009 at 07:21AM


"If you attend open mics, local rock shows, First Thursdays, or First Fridays, then you probably know Jason Tom. He is Hawaii's premier human beat box whose unique talent has made him a recognizable icon in the local music and art scene" -the 808 Scene Zine

I am spotlighted in issue #41 of the 808 Scene Zine for August 2009, and I am interviewed by Ellice Island. Over 25 issues and more than two years ago I made my debut in this monthly local music and art magazine. Big thanks goes out to the 808 Scene Zine team for putting together a great issue.

The August 2009 edition of the 808 Scene Zine features the Scene Choice Award Winners, Millennium, Tattoos of Amy Wagner, Amy on A&E's Tattoo Highway, the Loft, Breaking of the Waves, Jason Tom, Shoot the Messenger, Rip th…

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Hawaii human beatbox Jason Tom at Corned Beef Musubi Eating Contest

June 10, 2009 at 01:16PM

Hawaii beat box guy at musubi eating contest



I'm not sure who've uploaded this video through mobile phone on Flickr, but thanks! This video features a short clip from my March 14th performance for the L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Keeaumoku (Wal-Mart location) Corned Beef Musubi Eating Contest. I've bumped into this video randomly about an hour ago. On a related note, I've had folks from several of my recent live shows letting me know that they've seen me on for a 10-15 minute OC16 television spot which also featured this live performance. One dude recited word for word of what I've said on camera from my post-performance interview. I've been unable to view the television spot …

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Jason Tom featured interview with McKinley High School's Student Newspaper "The Pinion"

June 5, 2009 at 12:00AM

Today the McKinley High School Student Newspaper "The Pinion" featured an interview with Jason Tom. Special thanks goes out to the Pinion staff/advisors, Minna Jun, and McKinley High School. This is the online version of that interview.

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Beat boxing toward fame

Honoring a McKinley alum


By Minna Jun


Jason Tom, a graduate of McKinley High School class of '01, is known as the "Human Beat Box." Performing as a professional beat boxer, he first started off his education at KCC and transferred to many places.

Tell me about yourself.
Over the years I've attended Kapiolani Community College (KCC), Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), Honolulu Community College (HCC), and Belmont University's Mike Curb College of Entertai…

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Jason Tom interview with Ningin

December 25, 2008 at 12:00AM

An in depth Jason Tom interview with Asian Media Community Ningin.

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Hawaii Sensation Jason Tom, beat boxer


December 24, 2008 08:12 PM | by Maimounah Masudi



Over the years I have seen all kinds of musical talents from different parts of the country and the world. I love the ones that bring something new or something old with a fresh twist on it, not straying too much from the origin. One day I came across a guy on a website that was a music artist. He was very different from the average music artists in that he performed without any background music. The music was actually coming from within him. He himself was actually a musical instrument. I was amazed at his talent. He has fresh sounds, you can see the energy popping off of him,…

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Thank you for sharing your nuggets. Very creative. I Like how you mention "pulling weeds by its roots rather then cutting it".

It was great to hear,good inspiration and nice to know from a different perspective of how we can look at life so thank you for the message

Great nuggets of wisdom! I especially love how you rephrased "Live each day like it's your last" to "Live each day like it's your first." Amen!

I met him on the dance floor at Ong King and he hasn't forgotten the few details I shared about myself.
Soulfully said already, Jason has a way with making a person feel worth. He has a light from inside that drives his love and talent out into the world and into your eyes ears and heart. Keep spreading the you Jason Tom!!

Jason is undoubtedly one of Hawaii's most thrilling entertainers. Reaching out to his community and uplifting others is deep in his blood. On stage he is a class act, and offstage he is a genuine influencer, a teacher of faith, a perseverer, a trailblazer, and a friend to many (including me). I ran into him with my family a few years ago at an Ala Moana show, where he approached me and told me to "check this out." AWESOME beatboxing ensued.

Consider it lucky to have such a well-rounded, dedicated entertainer who is not only able to put on a spectacular show as an innovative beatboxer but also is able to step off stage and infect others with all the plethora of care, enthusiasm, and optimism that he carries in his heart.

He is Jason Tom - and, ladies and gentlemen, he's a good one

The worlds #1 beatboxer!

A super energetic performer and entertainer.

Though I've never met him, he appears to be a holistic individual who emphasizes on being healthy spiritually, mentally and physically. I believe this is what has driven him to achieve his goals and kept him running the race :)

Upbeat, both in personality and in art. A connecting force in the community and music circles. Fresh energy in the international beatboxing realm. Innovative niche-maker in Hawaiian entertainment. Christ-follower. Someone I have known for years and am glad to call friend. That's Jason Tom to me.

Jason Tom is living proof that dreams come true if you work for it! He is a mentor, an inspiration, and continues to be humble through all his achievements. He is a friend to all!

Some people tell you about their dreams. Jason Tom actively pursues it every day.

Jason (or “Spidermon” as I used to call him in Highschool) can be perceived as a bit shy on the surface. He is still the same kind and genuine person as before except now more well-known. He is ready to bust out his beatboxing talent anytime and anywhere and share his passion with anyone willingly to learn and listen.

He exudes a special type of charisma that you can’t help but to feel inspired in his presence. Because you can see the overflowing passion in his eyes while it also tugs at your soul. I know he attributes much of his success and opportunities to GOD, but he is a super hard worker who is constantly working to improve his craft and himself. Because he never settles for just good enough.

The most important thing (I believe), is that he has not forgotten he is human-- who lives and hurts just like the rest of us. But he is able to turn the negatives and use it as incentives for positive development.

If you ever have doubts in yourself, Jason is the living proof that anything is possible.

Hio

hiohio.net

Jason Tom is my very talented friend...in my eyes and experience he is one of the world's best beat box entertainer and a master at his talent in rythms and beats and tones...very first time I saw and met him a few years ago at a event in Aloha Tower Honolulu, when i heard him I knew then he would be as good as he wants to be...keep it up my friend
Rolando Sanchez

Jason is very talented. He can sing, beatbox and draw!

Jason Tom is a pioneer of the art of human beatbox in Hawai. Artist, Educator, Creative Entrepeneur.

Jason is an amazing beatboxer who captures his audience with his talented array of beats. His desire is not to keep his talent, yet to inspire others to grow their ability to stardom. Generously gives his time and talents to delivery a positive message while he was volunteering for MUSIC WITH A MESSAGE for almost a decade reaching over 10,000 to 20,000 students each year high and middle schools.

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