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Successful people fail more.”

— Jason Tom, TEDx Talks Shift Conference

Music Artist Bio: Jason Tom is More Than Meets the Eye 

Jason Tom is an idea worth spreading like peanut butter and jelly. “With great power, comes great responsibility.” He has pursued the “American Dream” since the tender age of four as Hawaiʻi’s Human Beatbox Machine. His witty invention and state of the art website JasonTom.com is more than meets the eye, it rhymes. He is an American Christian, TEDx presenter, musician, host, voice actor, speaker, writer, moonwalker, blogger, beatboxer, xenniel, southpaw; and former comic book artist, math coach, soccer and judo athlete.

He is an advocate on empowering our community to make healthy life choices no matter the circumstances and to make the most with what we do have. He’s impacted, performed for and has spoken to 10,000 to 20,000 students annually on the Music With A Message, Say Yes To Purpose, Not Even Once, RAP: Real and Powerful assembly school tours, career days; and Chevron’s Speech Festival.

Jason Tom was musically inclined to beatbox at four years of age when he caught 1987’s CBS special, Michael Jackson: the Magic Returns, and the world premiere of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” music video. One year following, he was furthered inspired by Michael Jackson’s 1988 musical film “Moonwalker” at a family gathering, and at his Diamond Head first grade classroom as a Liholiho Warrior.

In 1989, his sister audio engineered him beatboxing, scat singing, and singing the Michael Jackson “Bad” chorus all simultaneously at the same time, by memory, at the age of six on a music cassette tape.

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

From 1987 through 2003, he continuously cultivated, practiced, and honed his mouth drumming sounds and vocal percussion skills behind closed doors during his Liholiho Warrior, Kauluwela Tiger Cub, Kawananakoa AliʻI Warrior, McKinley Tiger years, and beyond.

He put in the hours of discipline, repetition, hard work, and dedication to vocally replicate, master and hone to vocally produce musical instrumentation and compositions from the “Moonwalker” musical film songs; and the “Dangerous,” “History,” “Blood on the Dance Floor,” and  “Invincible” music records.

Jason Tom grew up listening to Motown music, Bobby McFerrin, Doug E. Fresh, Fat Boys, Biz Markie, Run DMC, Beastie Boys on the radio at his entrepreneurial father’s business and on family road trips. He VHS taped and studied Michael Jackson concert footages, “Dangerous: the Short Films,” “History Volume 1,” and “History Volume 2” music VHS’ and DVDs. He was further inspired by Rahzel’s MTV Hip Hop Week, Leejay Abucanyan’s Stir TV, and Elaine Chao’s Showtime at the Apollo televised beatbox performances.

In 2004, following an evening of judo training, he got into a tragic collision with an SUV. His judo instincts kicked in upon impact. Through the storm, he landed on wet asphalt. The female driver rendered help and prayed for him. First responders arrived at the scene and brought him to the hospital. Doctor told his worried family that it’s a “miracle” that he survived and in many scenarios, it might’ve been fatal. God’s hand of protection and angels were there watching over him.

On the very next day, his sister took him to see the Passion of the Christ on the big screen. It is written in the sand, Jason Tom dug deep and has made an impact to present vocal percussion to all the world’s stage the beatboxing skills and stronger than any loco motive sound of the foundation he established from 1987 onward. Feel the beat… and the beat goes on. He’s unbeatable from the vocal groove to the rhythm and moves; and Gheghis Blues.

Jason 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, a move that typically gets enthusiastic approval from audiences.”

— Tracy Chan, Metromix Cover Story

Jason Tom is a talented young man who is far ahead of his time. I met Jason while I emceed a TEDx Talk in Honolulu. I have interviewed many people in my time as a TV news reporter and anchor. Jason is one of the most memorable people I have met! He is not only talented, but he genuinely cares about others. Whatever Jason touches, he brings his aloha, talent and faith with him.”

— Angela Keen

Performances and presentations at..... 
UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES 

  • Chaminade University Silverswords
  • City College of San Francisco (entered and won judo competition)
  • Hawaiʻi Pacific University Sharks (formerly known as Sea Warriors)
  • Honolulu Community College
  • Leeward Community College
  • San Jose State University (entered and won judo competition)
  • Tokai University (Hawaiʻi Tokai International College)
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Kapiʻolani Community College
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Rainbow Warriors 
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies 
  • University of Phoenix Birds    
  • Windward Community College 

PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS 

  • Campbell High School Sabers
  • Castle High School Knights
  • Farrington High School Govenors
  • Kahuku High School Red Raiders
  • Kailua High School Surf Riders
  • Kaimukī High School Bulldogs
  • Kalaheo High School Mustangs
  • Kalani High School Falcons
  • Nānākuli High School Hawks 
  • President William McKinley High School Tigers
  • Moanalua High School Menehunes
  • Pearl City High School Chargers
  • Radford High School Rams
  • President Theodore Roosevelt High School Rough Riders 
  • Waipahu High School Marauders

PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOLS  

  • Central Middle School Bulldogs 
  • Highlands Intermediate  
  • Kaimuki Middle School Voyagers 
  • Nanakuli Intermediate Hawks  
  • Niu Valley Middle School  
  • Waipahu Intermediate Marauders 
  • Washington Middle School Eagles

PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

  • Āina Haina Elementary School 
  • Ala Wai Elementary School 
  • Aliʻiolani Elementary School Aliʻi Warriors 
  • Hahaioni Elementary School 
  • Hokulani Elementary School 
  • Jefferson Elementary School 
  • Kahala Elementary School 
  • Kalihi Elementary School 
  • Kalihi-Uka Elementary School 
  • Kalihi-Waena Elementary School 
  • Kamiloiki Elementary School 
  • Kauluwela Elementary School Tiger Cubs 
  • Koko Head Elementary School Cobras 
  • Kūhiō Elementary School 
  • Liholiho Elementary School Aliʻi Warriors
  • Likelike Elementary School 
  • Lincoln Elementary School 
  • Lunalilo Elementary School 
  • Maʻemaʻe Elementary School 
  • Mānoa Elementary School 
  • Noelani Elementary School 
  • Nuʻuanu Elementary School 
  • Pālolo Elementary School 
  • Pauoa Elementary School 
  • Puuhale Elementary School 
  • Royal Elementary School 
  • Waiau Elementary School 
  • Waikīkī Elementary School Warriors 

PRESCHOOLS

  • Mililani Baptist Preschool
  • Waikiki Community Center Preschool

CHARTER SCHOOLS 

  • Hakipuu Learning Center)  
  • Kamakau School 

PRIVATE SCHOOLS 

  • Hawaiʻi Baptist Academy Eagles 
  • ʻIolani School Red Raiders
  • Kamehameha Schools Warriors
  • Mid-Pacific Institute Owls 
  • Word of Life Academy Firebrands
Jason Tom is a local beatboxer sharing his distinct sounds around the world, and to local keiki through his 'music with a message.'”

Jill Kuramoto, KITV4 News