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Legend of Zelda Story at Hot Topic

April 15, 2017 at 01:22PM

Two years ago I met this trio Jennifer, Jeffrey and Charley at the Legend of Zelda section of the Ala Moana Center's Hot Topic store and one of them recognized me from one of my past performances at a hip-hop jam. I shared with them I was shopping for Legend of Zelda gear as I am about to prepare for my friend's son's 1st Birthday Party and the party theme is the Legend of Zelda. Then last year, Charley and Jennifer as well as the Kaimuki High School Band supported and voted for me in the NextNext Hawaii Music Competition and Charity Event where the proceeds from their votes went to the charity of my choice, the Ronald McDonald House Hawaii. Jennifer also shared with me that she was assisted by the Ronald McDonald House Charity and this meant so much to her a…

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Ukulele Beatbox Tutorial

April 11, 2017 at 01:13AM

Jody Kamisato and Jason Tom with this Ukulele Beatbox Collaborative Tutorial. An ukulele is a 4-string instrument that originated in Portugal and it was later introduced to the Hawaiian Islands during the plantation period and the ukuelele was adopted into our Hawaiian Music Culture throughout the Hawaiian Islands. It's an instrument that nearly all residents young and old of the Hawaiian Islands pick up and start playing or have at one point picked up playing and tried it. Beatboxing originates in the A Cappella vocal art tradition from the musical stylings and genre of jazz with scat singing and the urban hip-hop music culture and can be traced even further back to African cultural vocal traditions and languages. Jody and Jason had a great time with this collab…

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Metro Cover Story

September 28, 2016 at 11:48PM

Be sure to grab your copy of the latest issue of Metro. Jason Tom is the cover featured story. Now on newsstands until Friday, September 30th.

SANTOKI feat. MAD LOVE (Purevybe/LA/Big Island) JASON TOM SEJIKA TOKI

February 18, 2016 at 01:00AM

Friday, February 19, 2016 at Next Door

Doors 9pm, 10pm to 2am.

SANTOKI
featuring
MAD LOVE (Purevybe / LA, Big Island)
JASON TOM Oahu beatbox champion
TOKI
SEJIKA
MONKEY
$5 donation

Come celebrate Toki’s birthday with us! 

Featuring Purevybe’s MAD LOVE. Formerly rinsing D&B as Tigerlilly, resident DJ at Amethyst (Big Island) and Purple 33 (Los Angeles), Mad Love is shaking up dance floors from Hawaii to Spain. 

Sejika is a Hawaii favorite, from hosting KTUH’s Friday Dub Crawl, playing festivals and club nights in town, and opening for DJs like S.P.Y, Empress, and Loxy. As a radio DJ, Sejika is a branded voice with iHeartRadio, Evolution 99.1 and Star 101.9!

Toki began DJing in 2002 with Sisters In Sound. Her musical style began with he…

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Freelance Fam and Tom Thum

February 8, 2016 at 08:51AM

Spent quality time and enjoyed a meal together with the Freelance Fam Duke and Kiki King! We've believed in each other since the first time we met and have really grown together. We went through so much together, and we're a team! Words alone cannot express my level of gratitude for all the years of growing with the Freelance Fam!




I also received these "Jason Tom" handstyles by Tom Thum, fellow TEDx Talk beatboxer alumni. Not only is Tom Thum a world class beatboxer, but he also has talent in art and handstyles, bombing, and he was also a b-boy. My former beatbox students look up to him. I have tremendous respect for Tom Thum... I first took notice of him at the 1st Beatbox Battle World Championship in 2005... he was the first World Beatbox Tag Team Cha…

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Almost Local Episode 6

January 1, 2016 at 10:15PM

Catch my musical guest spot on Almost Local Episode 6 by clicking here or http://shows.oc16.tv/almost-local/episode-006-2/


Fernando Pacheco interviews Jason Tom, Hawaii's Human Beatbox


Jason Tom, Hawaii's Human Beatbox, performs on Almost Local Episode 6!

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Yahoo News

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 …

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Rhythm And Moves

June 9, 2015 at 07:20PM

Featured in the Star Advertiser Today Section, "Rhythm And Moves."


Jason Tom says beatboxing improves his cardio, lungs and strength. “When I beatbox I’m using my whole entire body. … It can be an interesting way to train.”

Rhythm And Moves

For Chinatown’s Jason Tom, beatboxing is a whole-body workout
By Nina Wu


Ask Jason Tom what he does for a workout and it’s not your typical routine of running or weightlifting.

Tom, 32, is a professional beatboxer. He already has a thin frame, but he swears the beatboxing — a form of vocal percussion — works his core and keeps him toned throughout the year.

“If I were to break it down, singing uses the diaphragm,” said Tom. “So when I practice, I’m taking deep breaths with my diaphragm, and whe…

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Moanalua Drug Free Assembly

February 6, 2014 at 12:32AM

Starting 2013 I simultaneously performed on 2 school tours in Hawaii. Last Friday we wrapped up the 2013-2014 Say Yes To Purpose tour at Moanalua High School's Drug Free Assembly. As part of the Diverse Art Center segment of the assembly the Academy of Hype and I were featured. During my portion the Waikiki Bboys, bboy Solid, and bboy JoshSkittle (Beat Rock Krew) collaborated with me. Mahalo to Moanalua High School for having us! Below is footage of our collaboration:

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TEDx Talks Jason Tom

October 31, 2013 at 04:43PM

Jason Tom (presenter at TEDxHonolulu) and Philosophy of the Shell Shock dance crew (presenters at TEDxWaiakea) collaborate on "Vocal Groove," beatboxing and popping collaborative presentation at the Honolulu Design Center's Cupola Theatre. Ideas worth spreading.

http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxHONOLULU-Jason-Tom-Vocal-Gr

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KITV4's Morning News

October 27, 2013 at 03:02PM

2013 Hawaii Children and Youth Day

October 22, 2013 at 02:41PM

Jason Tom at Children and Youth Day
Jason Tom at the Hawaii Children and Youth Day

I performed on October 6, 2013 at the Hawaii State Capitol for the 20th Annual Children and Youth Day. It was a challenging one since there were some sound technicalities and a neighboring event that drowned me out. I could barely hear myself while performing, audience could barely hear me as well, but I went with it nonetheless. Also featured Keanu in action. Here's a video that recently surfaced (mahalo to Natalie):

Shout out to Freelance brand! I was fitted with the Freelance brand Wavy snapback and its Been Wavy shirt combo.

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First Thursdays @ Fresh Cafe

September 9, 2013 at 03:15PM

Jason Tom & Kahlil @ Ong King Performing Arts Center

September 8, 2013 at 01:10PM

First Fridays Hawaii
Jason Tom (Honolulu) & Kahlil (New York City) at the Ong King Art Center
2nd Annual Back to School Kick Off

Rolling Like Thunder Interview

August 12, 2013 at 01:10PM

Rolling Like Thunder brand's exclusive interview with Jason Tom the Human Beatbox here

Hawaii Beatbox School

August 5, 2013 at 06:10PM


Jason Tom "Love Letters"

In 2004, Hawaii's human beatbox Jason Tom started a beatbox performance ministry. Before First Fridays Hawaii (the underground art and music scene in Chinatown Honolulu) existed and back when First Thursdays HawaiiSlam was perhaps the most popular event in Chinatown at the time (Studio1 and pre-Fresh Café days). In 2006, Jason began a teaching ministry by facilitating a human beatbox workshop at Central Middle School. In late 2008, he re-kicked started his beatboxing path at Word of Life Emerge, and also facilitated a human beatbox workshop at Word of Life Academy (pre-Kidz Life).

In 2009, Jason performed at the Diverse Art Center for Word of Life Emerge. Then in 2010, he teamed up with the Diverse Art Center and facilitated weekly beatboxi…

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George Harrison - While My Guitar Gently Weeps

July 17, 2013 at 10:19PM

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps (George Harrison)"
instrumental music cover by Jake Shimabukuro and Jason Tom

featuring TEDx Talks by Hawaii presenters (published on March 5, 2012)


Jason Tom and Jake Shimabukuro, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2006


Jason Tom, Jake Shimabukuro, and Andrew Jim in Honolulu, Hawaii, 2011

Jake Shimabukuro
Jake Shimabukuro is on a mission to revolutionize the world's perception of the ukulele. Starting out at a local coffee shop in Hawai‘i, Shimabukuro has swept onto the international stage, touring and recording with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Bette Midler, Jimmy Buffett, Ziggy Marley, Bela Fleck, and Cyndi Lauper. His unique rendition of George Harrison's, While My Guitar Gently Weeps has received over 9 million downloads on YouTube. Shimabukuro believe…

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Secret Sound Showcase

March 19, 2013 at 12:28AM

Secret Sound Showcase
Animal Mother + Jason Tom + TR3ES
March 29 at 9PM | Honolulu Museum of Art - Doris Duke Theatre
$10 general admission | Purchase tickets in advance www.honolulumusuem.org
Secret Sound Showcase featuring Animal Mother, Jason Tom, TR3ES
Secret Sound Showcase featuring Animal Mother, Jason Tom, TR3ES

 

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Month of March 2013

March 1, 2013 at 12:19PM

Month of March 2013 is filled with great events in Honolulu. Hawaii's human beatbox Jason Tom will be hitting the stage and rocking the mic with friends at:

Secret Sound Showcase
featuring Animal Mother, Jason Tom, TR3ES
@ Doris Duke Theater
March 29, 2013, 9PM, All Ages, $10
Secret Sound Showcase puts the spotlight on Honolulu's top musicians from a diverse range of backgrounds. This month we present:

• Animal Mother and its high-energy mix of punk rock, classic rock and blues
• Human beatbox Jason Tom, who will stun you with his mouth-percussion acrobatics.
• TR3ES, which unites veterans of the local hip-hop and jazz scenes and a virtuoso classical and Hawaiian guitarist

Jason Tom photo credit: Chris Cabjuan
Secret Sound Showcase: Animal Mother, Jason Tom, Tr3es

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Honolulu Night Market #HNLnightmarket @HNLnightmarket

February 15, 2013 at 02:23PM

Honolulu Night Market - Kaka‘ako
Saturday, February 16th, 2013 - 6PM to 11PM
Block Party
Fashion! Food! Music! Pop-up Shops!
All Ages, No Cover

683 Auahi Street in Our Kaka‘ako
honolulunightmarket.com - ourkakaako.com

The Honolulu Night Market at Kaka‘ako is a block party celebrating the best of our Kaka‘ako's urban-island culture, pop-up food and retail, drinks, art, fashion, music and more in the heart of Kaka‘ako. To find out what's coming up at the next Night Market, visit: 
honolulunightmarket.com 
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twitter.com/hnlnightmarket
@hnlnightmarket

ourkakaako.com 
facebook.com/ourkakaako 
twitter.com/KakaakoNow
@KakaakoNow 
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@ourkakaako

The vibrant, revitalized streets of Kaka‘ako will provide an …

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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.

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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.

Jason Tom is the local prodigy to rise from this little island called Hawaii to become a professional rapper and make it big. But not only that he is very kind and holy and praises Our holy father named Jesus

He is a very friendly and humble guy. He always convinced people to follow their dreams no matter how big or small their dreams are. Since I first saw him in 2006 , he has been my motivation to follow my dreams.

Jason Tom truely is a human beat box. Full of inspired talent in the realm of interpreted beats and sounds, he captivates audiences with his enthusiasm and love for beat boxing and brings people together from all walks of life to share his unique talent and skills in the art. Inspiring people to venture outside of thier comfort zone and to reach for the stars, Jason Tom encourages others to follow thier heart and passions, whatever it may be, in alignment with positivity.

Jason Tom is an aural shaman. In a band, nothing is more important than the rhythm, kept in alignment by the bass or drums. Jason Tom provides that in spades, grounding you in an immaculate surreal soundscape, and plays a perfect host as he establishes the background before he starts to slant the narrative via classy changes until you realize you've been led into a wormhole and have come out of it with extra Hip Hop genotypes that end up becoming phenotypical as you exude a little more street out of your pores as collateral damage from the Jason tom experience, which is what you wanted all along but never realized you did:)

Jason Tom is a professional beat boxer
And also a big inspiration to the youth of Hawaii and many other places
I've talked to him personally and I know that he's a very good person and he follows his dreams
He's full of motivation talent and love for music!
#jasontom

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