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What Influenced Me to Start Beatboxing

May 4, 2013 at 05:13PM

I get asked from time to time how I got influenced into what I do with the art of beatboxing. To summarize, it essentially started off (during the pre-YouTube era) with Michael Jackson's music, then Michael Jackson as an artist, which gradually expanded to life experiences and other influences including Rahzel, Elaine Chao, and more along the way (i.e. Bobby McFerrin, Michael Winslow, Doug E. Fresh, etc.). To be more specific and in depth... I decided to devote this blog entry about my adventure into the beatboxing realm and the story starts off below this paragraph...

It all began being exposed at an early age during the mid 1980's to the Michael Jackson song "Bad." Also seeing several versions of the music video on television for "Bad" such as the original version…

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The Movement featuring ABDC Quest Crew on DVD

August 12, 2009 at 01:52AM

           
*Scans of the July 12th event program for the Movement

Last month (July 12th) I opened up for America's Best Dance Crew (ABDC) Quest Crew for the Movement at the McKinley High School Auditorium.

I'm also an alumnus of McKinley High School, and I was featured in McKinley High School's student newspaper the Pinion (the final issue for the 2008-2009 school year) less than a month prior. It was fun performing in front of a crowd expecting to see a full on dance show, and as the crowd settled in I opened up the dance event as a solo human beat box act with a breakdown boogie down near the end.

The Movement is now available on DVD. In the DVD it features my performance opener, Hypersquad, Studio 808, Honolulu Dance Studio, Nixp…

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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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Hey Jason,
Glad to see you still performing! Keep up the good work! Hopefully, you'll come back to the Bay area soon!

love the caption "Her math tutor can dance". :)

What a beautiful tribute to your dad! He must be so proud of you. Thank you for your labor of love to your students and to the community.

Happy labor day,
Interesting read.

Jason you are awesome, so focused and committed to your craft and compelled to share and educate others. Human Beatbox Academy?!?! WHAT!?! Amazing, I didn't even know. Keep it up, look forward to our future encounters my friend.

Amazing performance of dance using sound and body. Your have an amazing flow.
Keep sharing that talent of yours!

Yup bro yu are awesome as I am big fan of beat box and yu ar beatboxer as I am fan of yu tool.

That was amazing!!! Beatboxing and doing the moonwalk at the same time!!! Mind-blown dude!

Amazing job. proud of yah bud. keep it up

Way to go my friend! So proud of you Jason!!!

I'm so glad I got to see you perform Jason! You were awesome!

Dawg u get um no worries keep doin wut u love braddah

It was great seeing you perform and meeting new people.

Nice job! It's great seeing you do what you love!

Aloha Jason,

I can't thank you enough for sharing the work that we do for Kapi'o with your fan base. We appreciate when we get to share the stories of others with us, but also have more appreciation for when they share it with their loved ones and closest friends. Mahalo for all of your support, stay blessed!

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