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Jason Tom (譚志豪)

Hawaiʻi's Human Beatbox


Hawaii Beatbox

History: Jason Tom facilitated his first one-off Hawaii beatbox workshop in 2006 at Central Middle School, second in 2008 at Word of Life Academy, and then in 2010 with six back-to-back beatbox workshops at Waiau Elementary. Following Waiau Elemetnary, he facilitated three beatbox workshops a week at the Diverse Art Center on its former Queen Street location. Students at the Diverse Art Center consisted of high school, college/university students, and working professionals. Jason Tom and his students Skizzo and Ryand performed as a beatbox trio at the Ala Moana Centerstage. Tom then took a break from teaching at Diverse Art Center.

Then in July 2011, the Human Beatbox Academy (as part of the ArtSmith collective at the Chinatown Artist Lofts) was founded by Jason Tom as a Hawaii beatbox school. Tom brought in beatboxer Biggie Gz as his assistant. Human Beatbox Academy students ranged from ages 4 through 40 something plus, but mainly consisted of the youth of Hawaii.

On August 2011, the Human Beatbox Academy formed it's first Hawaii beatbox crew. Original founding members of this group consisted of Jason Tom, Biggie Gz, and Wiz Kalika. There were guest beatboxers from the community that would jam with the crew which included Boseph and Ted de Oliveira. The school and group also caught wind with San Francisco beatboxer Mikee Mic (former Hawaii resident).

On July 2012, the Human Beatbox Academy branched out of the ArtSmith collective, and in January 2013 went mobile at an after school program. The Human Beatbox Academy as a crew also started to do more shows to feature the younger generation of Hawaii beatboxers which consisted of Elijah, Noa, and others. Then on August 2013 the Human Beatbox Academy moved into Kakaʻako and merged with the Diverse Art Center. January 2014 was the official reestablishment of the beatbox classes at the Diverse Art Center.

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