Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Beatboxing with Jason Tom

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Ever since the first time I saw Jason Tom perform at [re]think: Hawaii, I’ve been intrigued with his talent. He bills himself as “the human beatbox,” producing a variety of sounds — creating entire songs, sometimes while he dances — using only his mouth and voice.

How does he do it? I’ve long wondered how people learn to create so many non-human sounds with their lips and tongue and, even more amazing, string them together to make a whole performance. As it turns out, Jason was born with this talent, instinctively beatboxing since he was four years old and progressively teaching himself new techniques as he grew older.

Here’s part of my long-awaited interview with him, plus a quick lesson in beatboxing:

If you want to see more of Jason and more about what he’s about (boxers or briefs? where to eat after a performance?), check out our interview on HawaiiIRL.com.

You can also catch him live at some upcoming events: April 1 at SoHo Mixed Media Bar for Tyke’s Revenge; April 3 at a Japan fundraiser concert at the Pacific Beach Hotel; and April 15 at the Busekrus “This Is Real” CD release party at Hawaiian Brian’s.

21 comments
aposey
aposey

Great job Jason! You kill it! Anyone that can make the noises you do in Hawaii deserves props. Our Vog usually makes us Hawaiian's get asthma, but you got good pipes. Keep bringing the fire only Hawaii can bring. You got that underground fire, the hawaiian magma shiz. When you surface its lava son, don't let the pessimistic winds from the outside on the outside cool you down and stop your flow. Always keep it hot and moving... be like lava my friend. - Tongwu's forever

chant808
chant808

Haha, Jason, you crack me up! Totally stole the spotlight from Melissa, lol. Kudos to one of my favorite performers, look forward to seeing you on stage!

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

i'm watching the irl version specifically to see if u get some beatboxing time in :)

SamanthaCamBryan
SamanthaCamBryan

most talented beatboxer ever!! can't wait to see you perform soon!

jlieu
jlieu

That is SUPER COOL!!!! WOW.. Hawaii is filled with such talent! :D Awesome! I wanna see him on April 15th!

JasonTomHNL
JasonTomHNL

@chant808hahaha thx Tracy! Melissa did an awesome job and I think I am overdue for a hair cut. from Metromix to Nonstop Honolulu, and now Hawaii IRL, such an honor and was great seeing you at the Twestival.I will be at SoHo First Fridays, April 1st, 5-9pm ish. Aerialists, dancers, and of course the human beatbox. It should be fun. Then I am doing a Japan Benefit with Jake Shimabukuro´s younger brother Bruce Shimabukuro on Sunday, April 3rd. Oh and there is this great show on Friday, April 15th http://jasontom.com/files/images/busekrusthisisreal.jpg

JasonTomHNL
JasonTomHNL

@nonstopmari Melissa picked up on the beatbox tutorial fast. she did great! lol next time I see her she will be on another level.

JasonTomHNL
JasonTomHNL

@hawaii @Melissa808 Fun interview indeed! We played off each other well and I think Melissa is a natural. We had so much fun and laughter that morning.

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