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Tommy Illfigga – aka Tom Thumb – from Brisbane, World Champion Beat Boxer
I have been around on the local scene now for the larger part of the last decade in many forms and manifestations been a writer since 99 a bboy since 2000 a beatboxer since 2001 an emcee since 2004 and a producer since 2006 and a human since 1985. I am not very good at pretending I am not writing things so I’ll keep it short and sweet. Cheers for stopping by. Here is my page where u will find new music updates, tour info and general banter. Word up hope u like what u hear!
– TOM THUM, THE VERSATILE VOICEBOX ‘Tom Thum appears to have swallowed an entire orchestra and several backing singers’ The Guardian (UK) ‘There are not enough superlatives to describe the wonder of this beatboxing virtuoso – I am still trying to figure out how he got those sounds out of his mouth’ The Daily Telegraph (UK) ‘The mic master seems to have an orchestra living in his throat: trumpet blasts, guitar strums and samples from classic songs including Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” effortlessly spout from his mouth’ Time Out, NY These are apt quotes to describe the performance of one of Australia’s most prominent and respected beatboxers and serial pests. Only in his mid-twenties Tom Thum has achieved and experienced more than most artists could hope to achieve in a lifetime. From winning the team battles (alongside Joel Turner) in the World Beatbox Championships in 2005, to fulfilling every artists dream and performing on Broadway in New York with the Tom Tom Crew, Tom has seen his fair share of accolades and well and truly paid his dues. Raised by the small but accommodating Brisbane hip hop scene, Tom started out as a graffiti writer and a Bboy but slowly rose to recognition through his ability to produce unhuman sounds and his natural knack for performing and weaselling his way on stage. Following on from the 2005 victory in the world championships in Germany, 2006 saw Tom travelling to Ohio to secure a second place position in America’s most prestigious hip hop battle, Scribble Jam. More recently, Tom was invited to perform and exhibit in the 2010 world beatbox convention in Berlin, in front of many of the worlds most respected and revered beatbox artists, blowing away even the most cynical of critics with his performance. It is not surprising with achievements such as these, he has been seen fit to share the stage with hip hop legends such as Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash. As a solo artist, Tom has proved time and time again that he is a creative force to be reckoned with, whether using one mic, loop pedals, spinning on his head whilst beatboxing or even playing strange instruments in obscure ways they were never intended to be played. Alongside others, he is an essential ingredient in the alchemy of creating sonic gold. Teaming up with long time DJ friend Sampology, saw the formidable duo playing countless festival spots and supporting and impressing a range of Hip Hop heavyweights, from Dj Qbert and Mix Master Mike to the X-Ecutioners and Blackalicious. In 2007, Tom began touring extensively as a beatboxer and breakdancer with the Tom Tom Crew: an energetic show, explosively fusing the worlds of Circus and Hip Hop culture, alongside many of Australia’s leading musicians and performing artists. This has seen Tom and the crew perform with critical acclaim to sell out seasons In Brighton, Scotland, New York, London, New Zealand, Holland, Berlin and Hamburg, culminating in a record breaking 23 sold out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 2010 has been yet another exciting year for the Tom Tom Crew, after sell out seasons in the Netherlands, France and Germany, and Munich and Taipei with many more seasons still to come. Although the stage seems the ideal habitat for Tom he is also no stranger to community and has been helping the scene improve through conducting a plethora of workshops in many places that usually wouldn’t have access to such knowledge and skill. Tom has travelled from the very top of Australia teaching in the Indigenous communities of Mornington and Thursday Islands all the way to the very bottom with a series of workshops in Tasmania and Adelaide. He has also spent considerable time teaching on Palm Island and in Charleville and many other places that would otherwise be Starved for education about proper hip hop and the positive message that music preaches. As Tom’s experience within the music industry expands, he plans to push the limits of the human voice as far as inhumanly possible. Enrolling the help of numerous loop stations, Tom has been conducting DJ sets using only his voice and nothing else, propelling crowds across the country into a frenzy of jaw-dropping disbelief, as he re-creates and remixes classic joints and jams from all eras and genres. At present Tom is working on an album ranging across many different generes and features and hopes to have it finished by early 2012. You might see him on a stage at a festival looping up a storm or supporting anyone from the Hilltop Hoods to Blue King Brown, or you might catch him annoying the hell out of commuters on public transport. Either way, you will notice him soon enough. Keep an ear out for Tom Thum. NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AND CO-CONSPIRATORS: 2005 1st Place – World Beatbox Battles, Team Battle. Alongside Joel Turner (Leipzig Germany). 2006 2nd Place – Scribble Jam (Cincinnati, USA). 2005-2010 Voted Australia’s best beatboxer – Ozhiphop Awards 2007-2010 Voted Australia’s best all rounder – OZhiphop Awards 2010 Best noise and sound effects – World Beatbox Convention (Berlin, Germany). PERFORMED, SUPPORTED OR COLLABORATED WITH: Afrika bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, Redman & MethodMan, Rahzel, Qbert, The X-Ecutioners, Blackalicious, Michael Franti, UglyDuckling, DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, Hilltop Hoods, Beatnuts, Kool Keith, The Funkoars, Blue King Brown, Def Wish Cast, Brad Strut, Horrorshow, Hermitude, Sneaky Sound System, Bliss and Eso, The Optimen, The Coalition, Rainman, Crate Creeps, Winnie Coopers and many many more which he can’t recall at the present time due to a dominant creative lobe. PERFORMED AT: Parklife, Goodvibes, Big Day Out, BBQ Breaks (hosting), Byron Bay Blues n Roots, Sydney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne Fremantle Blues and Roots, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK), Brighton Fringe Festival (UK), Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sydney Festival, Rhythm and Vines (NZ), West End Live (UK), Stefaan Raab Show (GER), Good Morning America (NY), Singapore Cultural Festival (Singapore) and many more to be added over the coming months!
Featured on 'Airheads Two (Australian Beats & Rhymes)' released in 2005