We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamal Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jamal, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
After my failed athletic career I had a lot of questions to myself about what I could do other than catch a ball. That led me to focus on my degree in advertising, where I recorded a few radio and tv commercials. I fell in love with editing and recording audio, and after one of my boys suggested we start a podcast of our own it was time to get to work. The way I see things everyone wants to be heard and everyone thinks their words are gold. Everybody can’t have their face on tv for reasons I won’t get into, at least right now. Podcasting is a way I can get those words across and not have to be judged on a screen. It’s also better than working in a cubicle somewhere trying to scratch that creative itch. Mainly it comes down to being able to find some joy and have some fun in my work. If you don’t enjoy what you do its not worth doing. Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In today’s world, every other person you run into has a podcast that’s just the way it is. That’s cool and got nothing to do with me I know that my squad and I put out consistent great content with great sounding audio that’s forever something to be proud of. My journey in audio started in school at UNT where I had to edit a radio commercial and I fell in love with it almost immediately. From there I edited a podcast for a few different people, another commercial for the city of Denton, and here we are today doing the work for the best show on the planet earth and the moon. Nothing about getting here was easy, but I can say that I enjoyed every second of it. We’ve overcome things like having our studio taken away from us, covid recking our whole process, and all in all, just telling myself that everything will work out just have to keep pushing. When it comes to the Ignant brand, we will always and forever be 120% us. The whole point of starting this thing with my friends is that we can be comfortable with being ourselves and speaking our truth. I’ve been 100% myself my whole life. Sometimes that made be seen as different or weird, but who cares. to quote one of my favorite rappers Childish Gambino,” I am who I am, everything I want to be”. That is the way to stay Ignant
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ok, now we’re talking. The first thing is first we have to eat and the Tripple D has some of the best food on the planet. Since I love breakfast food more than about anything we’re going to get breakfast at Johnathan’s in Oak Cliff to get some chicken and waffles. From there we have to go to the Dallas World Aquarium Downtown and see all the fish, manatees, and my favorite the harpy eagle( very very very big bird). The nightlife is something to experience and our crew’s h favorite spot to hit is the Nines in Deep Elum and have an Ignant time. The Nines has a great roof top view where you can jig to your hearts content. They say support local business so another favorite place is Good Day Cafe in Grand Prairie one of my personal favorites especially since I’m from GP. It’s a great place that serves breakfast all day, so you know I can’t pass on that. From there it’s time to go take a tour of what we all Jerry World. Cowboys stadium is one of the best and most interesting buildings in the world and if you’ve never been its a must. The Cowboys don’t get to enjoy it too much after last season, but hey I know we will. Almost within walking distance is where we’re going to spend majority of the night. Texas Live has been the spot since it opened it’s amazing we can chill and just drink inside, or turn up in the club that’s inside. If you’re with me and the rest of the Ignant Crew you MUST ride the mechanical bull, yes I’m serious. You can’t forget one of the most important food places in all of Dallas history. A place that is ( or at least should be) world renowned, of course I’m talking about Rudy’s Chicken. The line is always worth it and you can’t tell me otherwise. If you really want to have some unexpected fun the next stop is just going shopping or walking around Big T. You just never know what you’ll see once you get there, good or bad. You have to blast South Side Da Realest while you’re there, for the culture, Big Tuck would be proud. That Night would be a little change of pace from the previous nights. We’re heading to the stockyards and 7th street to see what the other end of DFW has to offer. If you’ve never hit a 2 step well you’re going to learn tonight. I may not have an big country side to me, but give me a cowboy hat and I can make some fun happen ( yes that does include the dougie another traditional dallas dance).
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my organization NABJ The National Association of Black Journalist for helping me develop the skills I use to help attack the world. To my all the members of the Ignant crew that make the show worth doing. Lastly to the place that made me who I am. Dalworth, Texas it’s all for you.