Potbelly Musician Since: Brent Brown
Favorite Sandwich: Tie between A Wreck and Italian
Brent Brown is building a dedicated fan base not just through social media savvy, but through a positivity that resonates out from every project he works on. He’s uploading videos to YouTube weekly, preparing for a festival gig this summer and working on his fifth album. He even wrote his own Potbelly jingle!
What was your inspiration for writing your own Potbelly jingle?
I actually wrote it a long time ago when the 'Dunch' jingle came out advertising the BIGS. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to write my own jingle, record it, send it, and see what happens. (Listen to Brent’s original jingle!)
It sounds great. You really capture the Potbelly vibe.
When I started playing at Potbelly about three years ago, it was the first place that I ever played live for people. That’s when I started playing a lot more, writing a lot more and recording. Music sort of became my life.
Do you also play with a band?
I’m starting a band right now for a festival this summer with all original music.
What do you like about playing with the band?
When I’m with the band, I feel like it makes me better in different ways, because the people I’m playing with right now are just as good or better than I am. It’s kind of humbling playing with different musicians, and learning from them in different ways.
Tell me about your time as musician for a Cruise ship.
It was six months away from family and friends and they had me sing 4½ to 5 hours a day – I could not do that again. It was just way too much singing but still a great experience. I was kind of like a boot camp.
YouTube seems to be one of the main ways you connect with your fans and share your music.
It’s a good way to reach across the world and communicate with people that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to. I know people by name from Chile, Germany, Australia, England, Canada, South Africa, all over the place. That’s where I get a lot of my motivation and support is from people who follow me on there.
And you have a new goal for YouTube views, right?
Yup, trying to get a million. I’m at like 820,000 now.