Honolulu native Jason Tom is a Beijing Foreign Studies University and University of Hawaiʻi at Kapiʻolani Community College alumnus, an entertainer, musician, voice actor, speaker, mathematics coach, and a giant of an idea to pave the way for generations to come.
As Hawaiʻi's all-star Human Beatbox, Jason Tom is recipient of the TEDx Presenter Award and Hawaiʻi's Scene Choice "Best Performer" Award, and was featured in the award-winning "American Beatboxer" documentary movie film.
Jason Tom has been voted "Best Honolulu Musician Deserving of a Wider Audience" and was the top 3 musician in the McDonald's of Hawaiʻi sponsored NextNext Music Competition.
Between 2012 and 2019 Jason Tom became a four-time top 12 Hawaiʻi Slam performance poet. In 2009, he won 1st place in Hawaiʻi's Got Talent, and -2008 won 1st place in the Word of Life Emerge Talent Contest. In 2006 and 2007, he placed in four consecutive Kapiʻolani CC talent competitions. Jason Tom has been nominated as a Hawaiʻi Grammy Award composer and -as one of the world's top 150 professional vocal percussion artists for the Beatbox Battle World Championship.
A complex trauma overcomer, Jason Tom is a fourth-generation American of Hawaiʻi with Chinese ancestry that has not forgotten where he came from and knows where he is going to impact lives.
It began at the tender age of six when Jason Tom recorded his own 1989 beatboxing and scat singing rendition of Michael Jackson’s "Badder," on audio cassette in downtown Honolulu’s concrete jungle.
Jason Tom left the martial arts competition mat world of judo following his near-life death car accident in the pursuit of purpose to build a "bridge to uplift people, to encourage them about perseverance."
At Kapiʻolani CC, Jason Tom was a mathematics supplemental instructor and peer mentor in "algebra" while beatboxing around the globe.
He then completed five semesters of the MELE Program taught by professors at Belmont University's Mike Curb College of Entertainment And Music Business via live feed partnered with the UH at Honolulu Community College.
Jason Tom carries a message of perseverance and delivers his passion to envision our world through a scope of being "on the beat" with "eyes on the prize" to "make noise" in our endeavors.
Jason Tom is McKinley High School's "Mr. Hustle" award recipient soccer striker and outside halfback alumni that between 2009 and 2015 has performed in front of 10,000 to 20,000 middle- and high school students annually with the American Lung Association in Hawaii spreading an encouragement to live a Not-On-Tobacco lifestyle that a Moanalua High School student dubbed Tom as the "Human Skrillex."
"I couldn't take my eyes off him," said Hawaiʻi's Got Talent judge Andy Bumatai. "There is no denying he is interesting to watch. He definitely has talent, and he seems like a really nice guy. Could we be witnessing Hawai'i's first beatbox star?"
Tom's rendition of Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean,' is a spectacle of showmanship. From the first drum and snare beats, the song is recognizable, and you wonder how so many sounds could be coming from one person's mouth. Add to this Tom's signature Michael Jackson moves, from the hip thrust to the hand jive. He glides across the floor in a smooth moonwalk.
WAKE UP CALL
It is written in proverbs chapter 24 verse 16, "for a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again..." 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.
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."
It is written in the gospel book of Luke chapter 16 and verse 10, "he that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much." Off stage, Tom taught beatboxing to Noa and Elijah. Elijah won 1st place in 2018 and Noa won 1st place in 2017 in the high school division variety act category of the Hawaiʻi statewide Brown Bags to Stardom talent competition.
"Great entertainers are far and few between. Jason Tom is a great entertainer and motivator on stage. Need more like him!" wrote Johnny Kai, Hawaii Music Awards and Brown Bags To Stardom founder.
RAW Artist Schowcase, Twestival, Hi Sessions, Millennial Magazine, Hawaiʻi Business Magazine, Chevron's Honolulu District Speech Festival, Town Center of Mililani Back to School Bash, Yelp Elite, Beatroot, Koko Head Elementary Back to School Assembly, Kauluwela Elementary Welcome Back Assembly, Kamehameha Schools "Find the Hero in You" Assembly, International Hawaiʻi Chinese Cultural Arts Festival, Chinese New Year Festival, Night In Chinatown, American Lung Assocation's Music With A Message, Rice Festival, Hawaiʻi Book And Music Festival, Hawaiʻi Children And Youth Day, Team Lally Kapolei Grand Opening, MyGocenter Kapolei Grand Opening, Honolulu Museum's Art After Dark, Team Lally Radio Show, Beatbox Battle Television, "American Beatboxer" documentary movie film, 1st & 4th American Beatbox Championship, Venue Tradeshow, SpoCom Anaheim Supershow, SpoCom Hawaii, Art+Flea TV, Art+Flea Boom Bap, Art+Flea Mililani, Kapiʻo News, HonoluluMagazine.com, HawaiiBeatbox.com, HumanBeatbox.com, SwissBeatbox.com, Fame Magazine, Honolulu Star Advertiser, KFVE, OC16, Olelo, National Public Radio, 93.9 The Beat, Hawaii News Now, MMAHawaii.com, GirlsnCars.com, fkn-famous.com, and more.
His to be released "Breathe" music video was filmed in Sydney, Australia by Now We Collide.
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. His TEDx Talk video "Vocal Groove" recently got featured at a TED-Education Club Student Talks event. Tom is preparing for Prisma Dance's "Creation" Production this November and December 2018, China shows in 2019.
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