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Hawaii's Human Beatbox History

1980s
In 1982, the fifth element of hip hop culture called "human beatbox" was coined by DJ Barry B for hip hop pioneer and entertainer Doug E. Fresh. That same year Honolulu beatboxer Jason Tom was born.


The first record to feature the "human beatbox" on the mainstream were by the Fat Boys featuring Darren "Buffy" Robinson the Human Beatbox. In the Pacific, Hawaii beatbox pioneers Radical Rob, Gizmo, Re-Run, and Joevon Brown paved the way for hip hop culture and the "human beatbox" on the Hawaiian Islands.

 

In 1987, Jason Tom began to beatbox at the tender age of four, and by 1989, he began recording at six.


1990s
Rahzel the Godfather of Noise and former member of the Roots Crew, got featured on MTV Hip Hop Week in a solo segment, and features with Foxy Brown, and Slick Rick. He also released Make the Music 2000.
 


2000s
Jason Tom caught Filipino American beatboxer Leejay Abucayan's 2002 Stir TV Austrian Beatbox Battle story, and Chinese American beatboxer Elaine Chao's 2003 televised show stopping performance at the Showtime at the Apollo. Leaving the world of judo competition as a former judo champion at San Jose State University and the City College of San Francisco, Jason Tom decided to pursue a career as a professional beatboxer following his collision with an SUV.
  


The second generation of Hawaii live beatboxers Ted de Oliveira, Jason Tom, Mikee Mic, and Hawaii live loopers Kawehi Wight, Mike Love then began to rise in the Hawaii music and hip hop scene.


  

 

There are beatboxers that have taken a Reggie Watts live looper layer approach to live performance.


Jason Tom has combined his voice music influences of Bobby McFerrin, Michael Winslow, Michael Jackson, Rahzel, and Naturally 7 with a non-machine looper and 100% pure live vocal percussion approach to live performance.
   

 

Jason Tom has also added to the music, the song and dance vibe of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Michael Jackson.
  

  


Jason Tom would perform, compete and facilitate beatbox workshops throughout the state of Hawaii.
  

2006
Jason Tom recording his YouTube debut video "Beatbox Lobby."


2006
Hawaii's Human Beatbox Jason Tom and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro.
  

2006 to 2007
Jason Tom is a four-time top finalist of the Kapi’olani Community College Talent Show.
  
 

2007
Jason Tom featured in Hip-Hopalypse Production directed by Cristian See Ellauri.

2008
Slack key guitar master Makana and Hawaii's Human Beatbox Master Jason Tom.


2008
Jason Tom won first place at the Word of Life Emerge Talent Show Semi-Finals.



2009
Jason Tom presented "Play" and "Successful People Fail More" at TEDx Talks Shift Honolulu Conference. Jason Tom was also a grand finalist of the Word of Life Emerge Talent Show and Pipeline Hawaii's Got Talent. He opened shows for Quest Crew, Jabbawockeez, and Michael Winslow.
    

  


2010
Jason Tom featured in Puja Dance Love Letters Production directed by Willow Chang.


2010
Hawaii's Human Beatbox Jason Tom and Japan's Human Beatbox Afra.


2010
Jason Tom presented at [re]Think Conference and the Hawaii International Film Festival.


2000s & 2010s
Jason Tom, Biggie Gz, and Wiz Kalika are the co-founding crew members of Hawaii's Human Beatbox Academy with honorary members Ted de Oliveira and Mikee Mic that paved the way for the third and fourth generation of Hawaii beatboxers Skizzo, Taiki, Keanu Chip Lee Sao, Ryand, Rad FX, Savage Beatbox, Isami, Joe Lewis, Sayber, Isaiah, Hammah, Jake "J Theory" Llaguno, Donovan Yo of the Push-O-Verse, Jordan, Yogi Beats, Andrew, Maylene, Nicholas, Klimaxe, Rebeatz, Eli So Fly, Mighty Noa, Erratic Titan, Jan, Josh Wills, Elijah Brown, Rampage, Reese da Beats, Kaimana, Josh, Tinkerbell, and Chief.
   

2011
Jason Tom featured in Cherry Blossom Cabaret presents Femme Capulet Production directed by Troy Apostol.

 

2011
Puja Dance: Fantastic Voyage Production directed by Willow Chang.


2011
Jason Tom headlined the Honolulu Twestival with Emi Hart, Kameula Kahoano, and Willow Chang with funds raised for the Blood Bank of Hawaii.
 
   

2011
Jason Tom also headlined the Aloha Music For Japan Benefit Concert to raise funds for earthquake and tsunami victims.


2011
Jason Tom presented "Vocal Groove" at TEDx Talks It's About Time Honolulu Conference. He was also a grand finalist of the Road to South By Battle of the Bands Competition. He advanced to the 2012 HawaiiSlam First Thursdays Grand Slam Final as a top 12 performance poet.
 

2011
Jason Tom is recipient of the Hawaii Scene Choice "Best Solo Performer" Award and TEDx Talks Presenter Award for "Vocal Groove."

2010s
While battling through severe asthma attacks, Jason Tom showcased at the 6th International Human Beatbox Convention, 1st and 5th American Beatbox Championships.


2013
Through Hawaii's Human Beatbox Academy, a third generation of Hawaii beatboxers Eli So Fly and Mighty Noa formed the 808 Beat Vox crew.

Jason Tom, Biggie Gz, Wiz Kalika, Skizzo, Taiki, Klimaxe, Yogi Beats, Rampage, Eli So Fly, Mighty Noa, Reese da Beats would enter and win a variety of talent contests, battle of the bands, open mic competitions, and music competitions throughout the state of Hawaii.
   

   
    


2013
HMSA's Island Scene Magazine featured Jason Tom's uphill battle with severe asthma attacks.


2013
TEDx Honolulu beatboxer Jason Tom and TEDx Sydney beatboxer Tom Thum.



2014
Jason Tom and Mikee Mic shared the stage together at HawaiiSlam's First Thursdays. Jason Tom, Biggie Gz, and the Human Beatbox Academy facilitated events and gatherings for Hawaii beatboxers.



2015
Jason Tom is HawaiiSlam First Thursdays top 12 grand finalist and got nominated as Hawaii's All Star for the men's solo battle for the 4th Beatbox Battle World Championship. Due to his severe asthma attacks, he was not healthy enough to travel nor compete at either competition.



2016
Jason Tom is HawaiiSlam First Thursdays top 12 grand finalist. He was also a third place grand finalist of the McDonald's NextNext: Sounds that Spark Change Music Competition and Charity Event with proceeds supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charity Hawaii.
  

 

2016
Jason Tom featured in Prisma Dance presents Creation Production directed by Nicole Lam.



2017
Hawaii beatboxers Jason Tom, Reese da Beats, Ted de Oliveira, Isaiah, Hammah, Eli So Fly, Mighty Noa showcased at a Hawaii hip hop jam.


2017
Mighty Noa of 808 Beat Vox became the Brown Bags to Stardom Statewide Grand Champion and he credited Jason Tom during his televised interview.

2017
Hi*Sessions Acoustic Live featuring Jason Tom.
   

2018
Jason Tom presented "Let's Do This" keynote opener for Kamehameha Schools' EdTech Disrupt Conference.



2018
Eli So Fly of 808 Beat Vox won 1st Place in the Brown Bags to Stardom Statewide Variety Act Champion.

2018
Jason Tom featured in Prisma Dance presents Creation Production directed by Nicole Lam.


2019
Jason Tom presented a keynote at the Windward Early College Leadership Conference. He became a four-time HawaiiSlam's First Thursdays top 12 grand finalist and he guest judged the Brown Bags to Stardom Statewide Grand Finals. Erratic Titan won the Variety Act, and Noah Jae and Jan won third. 
  




2020
Jason Tom took on the #PBSHawaiiNeighbor Challenge and with the community raised awareness and funds for our locally owned, noncommercial television station. This challenge also celebrates neighbors, the strength of community and the joy of music.

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