Art + Flea Do What You Love Series: Jason Tom

One of Hawaii’s most well known Beat Boxers, Art + Flea featured Jason Tom performing for the Do What You Love series. Here, Jason explains his history and his passion. He hopes to inspire others to do the same and come out of their shell to share what they love to do.
Filmed by: Chris Balidio
Produced by: Aly Ishikuni
Directed and edited by: Pete Ulatan

It's not every guy who gets mistaken for a boombox. Jason Tom, one of Hawaiʻi's most visible beatboxers, is a walking, talking instrument; an energetic combination of drums, snare, vocals and synthesizer, all replicated using his voice.”

— Tracy Chan, Metromix Cover Story

Jason Tom's Monster Heartbeat Blog Cast

2021

  • The Opening Act for Audacy’s 8th Annual WE CAN SURVIVE Concert, World’s Largest Online Music Competition ROUND 6 of the SEMI-FINALS ROUND.
    SEMI-FINALISTS GROUP 1: Senses, AKJamieBailey, Will Buck, Mela Bee, MC IMPRINT, MUSZETTE, Antoine Dunn, Laddi Edans
    SEMI-FINALISTS GROUP 2: Larmani, XCEDERA TWINS, Emma and the Bright Souls, Chanel & the Circus, Nick Isham, Jake Hays, Gabethefourth, IntricatetheAlmighty
    SEMI-FINALISTS GROUP 3: Hailey Joe, A Second Life, Hello Sister, Jordan Michelle, WIMWHAG, Jacob Bolin, Sweet Roddy, Laydee lyrix
    SEMI-FINALISTS GROUP 4: Dynamyte,  SOS Lo aka So Logan, Mykill J, Akeylah Simone, Garth Garcia, Eylo, Young in a Million, Cerissa & 332.

  • The Opening Act for Audacy’s 8th Annual WE CAN SURVIVE Concert, World’s Largest Online Music Competition ROUND 5 of the QUARTER-FINALS ROUND - Jason Tom the Human Beatbox - 6TH PLACE OVERALL. Jason Tom was 1ST PLACE 3x during round 5 to share the Hollywood Bowl stage with Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Dona Cat, Shawn Mendes, and the Kid Laroi. Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Over 320 ROUND 5 musicians and bands competing. The Redmoon Band, Miss Abigail Taylor, Human in Disguise, Madyx, Jason Tom, Priya Vani, Cabus, 100 Proof, Jame from their respective quarter-finals matrix group were eliminated. Nick Isham advances to ROUND 6.

    OFFICIAL RESULTS TBA….
    1ST PLACE - Nick Isham (1ST PLACE at the end of ROUND 5) advances to ROUND 6
    2ND PLACE (ELIMINATED) - The Redmoon Band (1ST PLACE 1X during ROUND 5)
    3RD PLACE (ELIMINATED) - Miss Abigail Taylor (1ST PLACE 4X during ROUND 5)
    4TH PLACE (ELIMINATED) - Humans in Disguise
    5TH PLACE (ELIMINATED) - Madyx
    6TH PLACE (ELIMINATED) - Jason Tom (1ST PLACE 4X during ROUND 5)
    7TH PLACE (ELIMINATED) - Priya Vani
    8TH PLACE (ELIMINATED) - Cabus
    9TH PLACE (ELIMINATED) - 100 PROOF
    10TH PLACE (ELIMINATED) - Jame

  • The Opening Act for Audacy’s 8th Annual WE CAN SURVIVE Concert, World’s Largest Online Music Competition ROUND 4 of the GROUP WINNERS FINALISTS ROUND - Jason Tom the Human Beatbox - 1ST PLACE CHAMPION to share the Hollywood Bowl stage with Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Dona Cat, Shawn Mendes, and the Kid Laroi; supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Over 1,600 ROUND 4 musicians and bands competing. TOP 5 contestants in each of their respective matrix group faced off. Official results to be announced Friday at 11AM PTD. Borba, Naj the Leader, Raleigh Keegan, Libby Dietrich were eliminated. Jason Tom advances to ROUND 5.

  • The Opening Act for Audacy’s 8th Annual WE CAN SURVIVE Concert, World’s Largest Online Music Competition ROUND 3 of the TOP 5 ROUND - Jason Tom the Human Beatbox - 1ST PLACE CHAMPION to share the Hollywood Bowl stage with Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Dona Cat, Shawn Mendes, and the Kid Laroi ; supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Over 3,200 ROUND 3 musicians and bands competing. TOP 10 contestants in each respective matrix group faced off. Decedy, Sarah Rae, Oh! You Pretty Things, Fencer, SONIA were eliminated. TOP 5 contestants advances to ROUND 4.

  • The Opening Act for Audacy’s 8th Annual WE CAN SURVIVE Concert, World’s Largest Online Music Competition ROUND 2 of the TOP 10 ROUND - Jason Tom the Human Beatbox - 1ST PLACE CHAMPION to share the Hollywood Bowl stage with Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Dona Cat, Shawn Mendes, and the Kid Laroi supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Over 4,800 ROUND 2 musicians and bands competing. TOP 15 contestants faced off in their respective matrix groups. Ocean VIews, Sheri Robert’s Creimes, April Cushman, Kiwanis, Ka$ee were eliminated. TOP 10 contestants advances to ROUND 3. 

  • The Opening Act for Audacy’s 8th Annual WE CAN SURVIVE Concert, World’s Largest Online Music Competition ROUND 1 of the TOP 15 ROUND - Jason Tom the Human Beatbox - 1ST PLACE CHAMPION to share the Hollywood Bowl stage with Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Dona Cat, Shawn Mendes, and the Kid Laroi supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Over 10,560 ROUND 1 musicians and bands competing. TOP 33 contestants faced off in their respective matrix groups. Brother Chris, T Five Valldares, Rebel Kicks, Elitheprophet, Damkianna, Jess Jess, Sylumgone, Talontid, Garren, Alex Fink, KYRO, Doe Jones, Ayden Flanigan, Lunar Satellite, SilenceUntilBroken, Christiaan Padavan were eliminated. Top 15 contestants advances to ROUND 2.
  • Featured beatbox artist in Prisma Dance presents Creation Production directed by Nicole Lam. 
  • Da Best Hawaii featuring Jason Tom directed and produced by Olena Heu.
  • Talk Story Unscripted Podcast Talk Show featuring Jason Tom with KALO TV hosts Doug Keohn and Peter David.

2020 

  • Featured music artist in #PBSHawaiiNeighbor Challenge. Note: Proceeds raised for noncommercial television station PBS Hawaii that supports neighbors, the strength of community, and the joy of music. 

2019 

  • Keynote Presenter - Aliʻiolani Elementary Parent Night 
  • Keynote Presenter - Kauluwela Elementary Welcome Back Assembly 
  • Keynote Presenter - Windward's Early College Youth Leadership Conference 
  • Guest Judge - Brown Bags to Stardom Hawaii Statewide Grand Finals 
  • Top 12 Grand Finalist – HawaiiSlam's First Thursdays Poetry Slam + Open Mic Competition
  • University of Hawaii Foundation featuring Jason Tom on Freeman Foundation Scholarship filmed by Bryan Keith.

2018

  • Featured beatbox artist in Prisma Dance presents Creation Production directed by Nicole Lam. 
  • University of Hawaii Alumni Productions featuring Jason Tom filmed by Bryan Keith.
  • Keynote Presenter - Kauluwela Elementary Welcome Back Assembly 
  • Keynote Presenter - Koko Head Elementary Back to School Assembly 
  • Keynote Opener - Kamehameha Schools' EdTech Conference 

2017 

  • HI*Sessions Acoustic Live Episode 135 featuring Jason Tom with team Jon Yamasato, Dave Kusumoto, Shayna Kusumoto, Nick Kawakami, Vance Morimoto, Lance Lopes, Darin Leong, Dayton Watanabe, Kawika Lopez, Skyler Kamaka.
  • Keynote Presenter - Hawaii Baptist Academy 
  • Human Beatbox Workshop Facilitator - Rock the School Bells Hawaii Conference 

2016 

  • Featured beatbox artist in Prisma Dance presents Creation Production directed by Nicole Lam 
  • 3rd Place Grand Finalist Champion: Jason Tom – McDonald's of Hawaii's NextNext: Sounds That Spark Change Statewide Music Competition. Note: votes for Jason Tom raised proceeds for the Ronald McDonald House Charity Hawaii 
  • Keynote Presenter - Kamehameha Schools 
  • Top 12 Grand Finalist Champion: Jason Tom – HawaiiSlam's First Thursdays Grand Slam Finals 

2015 

  • Hawaii All Star: Jason Tom nominated and selected for the Male Solo Battle at 4th Beatbox Battle World Championship. 
  • Top 12 Grand Finalist Champion: Jason Tom – HawaiiSlam's First Thursdays Grand Slam Finals 

2014 

  • Sponsored and hosted – Hawaii Beatbox Concert Jam 
  • ThinkTech Hawaii's the Art of Life Talk Show featuring Jason Tom with host Willow Chang.
  • Showcase – 5th American Beatbox Championships 
  • Hosted & Guest Judged – Hawaii Beatbox Championships 
  • Not Another Puppet Show featuring Jason Tom directed and produced by Dane Neves.
  • Beatbox Battle Television featuring Jason Tom from Hawaii.
  • Art and Flea's Do What You Love featuring Jason Tom filmed by Chris Balidio, produced by Aly Ishikuni, and directed by Pete Ulatan.

2013 

  • Street Grindz TV featuring Jason Tom with Honolulu Night Market emcee Olena Heu.
  • Keynote Presenter - Chevron Speech Festival 

2012 

  • Hawaii Department of Education featured beatbox music and dance artist Jason Tom in GEAR UP Hawaii's PSA Take Charge of Your Future: College is For Everyone. 
  • RAW artists Media featuring Jason Tom filmed by Jimmy Salazar.
  • Top 9 Grand Finalist Champion – HawaiiSlam's First Thursdays Grand Slam Finals 

2011 

  • "Vocal Groove" Presentation – TEDx Talks Honolulu Presenter Award 
  • Best Solo Performer - Jason Tom (recipient) – Hawaii Scene Choice Awards 
  • Grand Finalist – Road to South By Hawaii Statewide Battle of the Bands 
  • Keynote Presenter "Vocal Groove" - TEDx Talks Honolulu It's About Time Conference 
  • Featured beatbox and dance artist in Puja Dance Concert Fantastic Voyage Production directed by Willow Chang. 
  • Featured beatbox artist in Cherry Blossom Cabaret presents Femme Capulet Production directed by Troy Apostol 

2010 

  • Speaker Panel - [re]Think Conference & Hawaii International Film Festival 
  • Showcase – 1st American Beatbox Championships 
  • Showcase – 6th International Human beatbox Convention 
  • Featured beatbox and dance artist in Puja Dance Concert Love Letters Production directed by Willow Chang. 
  • Best of Honolulu Weekly's Best Hawaii Musician Deserving of a Wider Audience - Jason Tom (Winner) 

2009 

  • Keynote Presenter "Play" and "Successful People Fail More" - TEDx Talks Honolulu Shift Conference 
  • Shaka Talk Show Season 1 Episode 5 featuring Jason Tom with Olelo Community hosts Diar "D.R." Rhea and Edna McMan.
  • 4th Place Grand Finalist Hawaii Statewide Champion – Pipeline Hawaii's Got Talent Statewide Competition 
  • 1st Place Semi-Finalist Hawaii Statewide Champion – Pipeline Hawaii's Got Talent Statewide Competition 
  • 1st Place Runner-Up Hawaii Statewide Grand Finalist Champion – Word of Life Hawaii Emerge Talent Statewide Competition 

2008 

  • Asian Ave's Member of the Day - Jason Tom (Winner). Note: His Asian Avenue page featured his beatboxing. 
  • 1st Place Semi-Finalist Hawaii Statewide Champion – Word of Life Hawaii Emerge Talent Statewide Competition 

2007 

  • Featured beatbox artist in Hip-Hopalypse Production directed by Cristian See Ellauri 
  • 4th Place Finalist – Kapiʻolani Community College Fall Talent Competition 
  • Asian Ave's Member of the Day - Jason Tom (Winner). Note: His Asian Avenue page featured his beatboxing. 
  • 4th Place Finalist – Kapiʻolani Community College Spring Talent Competition 

2006 

  • 5th Place - Top 6 Finalist Campus Wide Champion – Kapiʻolani Community College Fall Talent Competition 
  • 3rd Place - Top 6 Finalist Campus Wide Champion – Kapiʻolani Community College Spring Talent Competition 

2005 

  • Contestant – Kapiʻolani Community College Fall Talent Competition 
  • Asian Avenue's Member of the Week - Jason Tom (Winner). Note: His Asian Avenue page featured his beatboxing. 
  • Contestant – Kapiʻolani Community College Spring Talent Competition 

2004 

  • Contestant – Kapiʻolani Community College Fall Talent Competition 
  • Jason Tom retired from judo competition, and began his career as a professional beatboxer. 
  • Jason Tom collided with an SUV that knocked him unconscious. He also was afflicted by a concussion, long term memory loss, and head trauma. 
  • 3rd Place - Jason Tom (Judo Trophy Winner) - Hawaii State Judo Tournament at Salt Lake District Park Gymnasium 

2003 

  • Jason Tom caught Chinese American beatboxer Elaine Chao's televised show stopping performance on the Showtime at the Apollo. 

2002 

  • Jason Tom caught Filipino American beatboxer Leejay Abucayan's Stir TV Austrian Beatbox Battle story. 
  • 1st Place - Gold Medal - Jason Tom (Judo Champion) - City College of San Francisco Judo Tournament 
  • 1st Place - Gold Medal - Jason Tom (Judo Champion) - San Jose State University Judo Tournament 

2001 

  • Earned President William McKinley High School Diploma 
  • Mr. Aloha - Jason Tom (Nominee) - McKinley High School Senior Prom 
  • 3rd Place - Ribbon - Jason Tom (Judo Winner) - Kaiser High School OIA Novice/Open Statewide Judo Tournament 
  • McKinley Tigers' Mr. Hustle Soccer Award - Jason Tom (Recipient). Note: Jason Tom was McKinley Soccer's regular season team leading scorer. 

2000 

  • 2nd Place - Silver Medal - Jason Tom (Judo Winner) - Moanaloa High School OIA Novice/Open Statewide Judo Tournament

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