Jason Tom Bio: An Idea Worth Spreading Like PB & J
From Kauluwela Tiger Cubs to McKinley Tigers: Jason Tom, Hawaii’s Human Beatbox, is a “walking, talking instrument; an energetic combination of drums, snare, vocals and synthesizer, all replicated using his voice.”
Based in Honolulu’s Chinatown, Jason began beatboxing at the tender age of four, began recording at six and performing at 21. He is a drug free artist who performed on Hawaii Children & Youth Day and toured with Music With A Message, Say Yes to Purpose, Meth Hawaii Project, RAP: Real And Power and Choose Aloha. Jason has opened for Michael Winslow, Quest Crew, the Jabbawockeez, and Mike Love. He has also performed live with Tom Thum, Jake Shimabukuro, Tavana, Makana, Kamueala Kahoano, Imua Garza, Kealoha Wong, and Taimane.
One stormy night, at age 21, judo champion Jason Tom in his Air Jordan track suit collided with a vehicle as a pedestrian. His desire would’ve been to have competed in national and international judo competitions, but the collision put that to a complete hault. He stepped away from judo to return to college and step into his role as Hawaii’s first Human Beatbox star. He went on to win multiple talent and music competitions. He opened up for national acts Michael Winslow the Man of 10,000 Sound Effects, the Jabbawockeez and Quest Crew. Hard work and dedication.
Jason Tom performed not just on the stage, but he also put in the work in the classroom. He was a struggling math student who “judo flipped” the script to be an A math student. His math professor referred him to be a campus Supplemental Instruction math leader to be a peer-mentor to college math students. Hard work and dedication.
Jason Tom failed at first grade in Chinese school, more than once. He eventually dropped out of Chinese school. 13 years later, he chose to “revisit” the Chinese challenge by applying what what instilled in him on the judo mat and then translate that over in the classroom. He worked diligently and studiously to meet the academic standard to be recommended and selected as a Beijing Foreign Studies University scholar. He finished the intensive Chinese program with a 4.0 grade point average overall. Hard work and dedication.