Australia is home to many successful musicians and creatives, although one in particular, Tom Thum, shares an incredible talent unlike any other, this being the art of beat boxing. Born and raised in the outer Brisbane suburb of Ipswich, Tom became an overnight internet sensation in 2013, from his successful TEDx performance at the Sydney Opera House. His beat boxing stage show went on to become the most viewed TEDx video of all time, with the video reaching over 75 million views!
In his highly viewed TEDx performance, Tom Thum warps and controls his vocal chords to mimic beats, drums, trumpets, techno music, and even an entire 1920’s jazz band. Tom performs alongside his ‘Chasos Pads’, which help in creating sound loops and can also add a ‘reverb’ effect to his vocals. With continuous applause throughout his performance, Tom absolutely proved to the audience that there simply is not a sound he cannot recreate or make, using only his voice.
“Tom Thum appears to have swallowed an entire orchestra and several backing singers” – The Guardian (UK)
Thanks to Tom’s talented vocal abilities he has been given incredible opportunities to travel all around the world, throughout America, Europe and Asia to share his beat boxing skills, as well as, perform nationally around his home country, Australia. In 2005 Tom Thum travelled to Germany, where he was victorious in The Beatbox Battle World Championship, years later he was invited back to perform and exhibit in the 2010 World Beatbox Convention in Berlin.
Tom’s sheer success has also lead him to perform alongside Australian composer and conductor, Gordon Hamilton and The Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2015. This particular performance marked a musical collaboration unlike any other as it went on to become the world’s very first “Beatbox Concerto”. The collaborative performance fused the art of beat boxing with classical, trap, loops, rap and operatic vocals into a symphony of sensational sound. You can watch Tom Thum, Gordon Hamilton and The Queensland Symphony Orchestra in the performance of ‘Ratchet Face’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ2xkbLtrM8
“Tom Thum is the best in Beatboxing, that Australia has to offer, and exhibits talent beyond comprehension.” – Beat Magazine (AUS)
Tom Thum is truly one of the best beat boxers in the biz, who turned his part time beat boxing hobby into a full time beat boxing career. Tom continues to flaw audiences from Australian and all around the world with his incredible talent and vocal skills. Be sure to follow Tom on both Instagram and facebook to keep up to date with when and where he is performing next and what projects and collaborations he is working on.