“Jason Tom is a walking, talking instrument; an energetic combination of drums, snare, vocals and synthesizer, all replicated using his voice,” as blogged by Tracy Chan.
Honolulu native, Beijing Foreign Studies University (北京外国语大学) and the University of Hawaiʻi at Kapiʻolani Community College (KCC) alumnus Jason Tom (譚志豪/谭志豪), Hawaiʻi's master Human Beatbox, is an American award-winning entertainer, passionate mathematician, and keynote speaker of Chinese ancestry who overcame illiteracy and complex trauma to impact the multitudes with foundation in the quantum leap of faith, mathematics and music. "The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work," as quoted of Michael Jackson. More than meets the eye, this bachelor, southpaw, men's life group leader, moonwalker, Word of Life Christian Center church volunteer, former supplemental instruction mathematics leader, judo gold medalist, and McKinley High School Tiger alumnus soccer striker, Tom watched more than one billion and listened to endless hours of Michael Jackson music and footage on VHS and DVD.
Tom publishes and authors the Jason Tom Music, Hip Hop And Faith Life Blog that engages 2.5 million page viewers and 2.3 million unique individuals and households throughout our world. He conveys a message of perseverance and to have passion to be "On the Beat," have "Eyes on the Prize" and to "Make Noise" in our endeavors. He has opened for Michael Winslow of the Police Academy and Spaceballs movie film fame, the America's Best Dance Crew Champions the Jabbawockeez and Quest Crew, Blue Scholars, and has performed live with Jake Shimabukuro, Honoka and Azita, Taimane Gardner, and Makana.
He has appeared on TEDx Talks Conferences, Rock The School Bells Conference, Rethink Conference, RAW Artists, Twestival, Hi Sessions, Millennial Magazine, Chevron's Honolulu District Speech Festival, Kamehameha Schools "Find the Hero in You," International Hawaii Chinese Cultural Arts Festival, Taste of Chinatown, Moon Festival, Chinese New Year Festival, Night In Chinatown, American Lung Assocation's Music With A Message, International Human Beatbox Convention, Rice Festival, Hawaii Book And Music Festival, Hawaii Children And Youth Day, Honolulu Museum's Art After Dark, Beatbox Battle Television, "American Beatboxer" documentary movie film, American Beatbox Championship, Art And Flea TV, Kapiʻo News, Team Lally Radio Show, Fame Magazine, Honolulu Star Advertiser, KFVE, OC16, Olelo, National Public Radio, 93.9 The Beat, Hawaii News Now.
Jennifer Takahashi blogged, "I don't think I can think of a better example of stretching the limits of potential than what Jason Tom can do with his voice. The sounds that he creates from his body are seriously incredible. Beyond that, what he has done with his talent is truly inspiring. His performance at TEDx Talks was one of the ones that inspired me to start this blog." In a quantum leap of faith, Tom overcame extraordinary circumstances and battled victorious over torment, school and social media bullies, asthma attacks, and stage fright to empower the lives of 10,000 to 20,000 middle and high school students annually on the American Lung Association's Music With A Message tour and a Moanalua High School student dubbed Tom as the Human Skrillex.
It began at age of four when Tom recorded himself beatboxing and scat singing the bassline, rhythm, snare, and chorus, "I'm bad, I'm bad, you know it, you know," of the Michael Jackson song "Bad" on audio cassette tape in his parents' two-bedroom apartment in the concrete jungle of Downtown Honolulu. Chaminade Silversword's Jolica Domdom wrote, "after being struck by a van at the age of 21, Jason Tom was hit with the realization of what he was doing with his life. Having a near-life death experience was a wakeup call and a reality check for Tom to pursue a career he is passionate about, which is beatboxing."
The day following that accident in 2004 he caught the Passion of the Christ movie film that soon followed him rocking the mic to young and old alike. His unique style mixes old- and new- school beatboxing with hip-hop, house and dubstep with his personal touch of boots and cats, tom-toms, kicks, hi-hats, snare drums, and didgeridoo all performed by his voice. "I said, 'why not, put it out there, get out there and perform. Perpetuate the art form of beatboxing.' I love beatboxing, because that's my instrument," as Tom shared on Art And Flea's Do What You Love Series.
In 2006 and 2007, he placed in four consecutive KCC talent contests. During his final semester at KCC he pursued Music Business through the MELE Program with Belmont University's Mike Curb College of Entertainment And Music Business and the University of Hawaiʻi at Honolulu Community College. Then one Friday evening in October 2008 he entered the statewide Emerge Talent Contest at Word of Life Christian Center. Tom was the last to compete out of 12 contestants, and emerged as the first-place winner. He continues to look to God for guidance in his endeavors and lifestyle as a professional beatboxer, mathematician and life group leader.
Tom is also a three-time Hawaiʻi Slam First Thursdays top 12 performance poet, Best Solo Performer Hawaiʻi Scene Choice Award recipient, and is featured on the Na Hoku Hanohano Award/Hawaii Grammy Award RnB/Hip-Hop nominated album "Nobody Owns Me."
He finished third place with 6,291 votes in the McDonald's of Hawaiʻi NextNext Music Competition and Charity Event with proceeds raised for the Ronald McDonald House Hawaiʻi Charity. Tom was recognized as the Hawaii All-Star and one of the world's top 150 professional beatboxers to qualify for the Beatbox Battle World Championship. The Jason Tom Amphitheater proposed by Kapiʻo News made it on the Christmas Dream List for KCC to be built on the campus in honor of him as one of their famed alumnus. Since then Kapiʻo News featured Tom in an alumnus write up. One of his videos recently got featured at a TED-Education Club Student Talks event. Tom will be opening for Kamehameha Schools presents EdTech: Disrupt Conference this June 2018, Uplift at Ala Moana Centerstage this August 2018 and Prisma Dance presents Creation Production this November and December 2018.