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…
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…
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…
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 …
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…
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
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)
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…
"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…
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 …
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…
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,…