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Growing up I have been caught up
In many fads, the biggest and most expensive one for me was buying so called designer cloths.

I remember when I used to believe that somehow a pair of jeans or a shirt with some dudes name or logo on it meant that somehow they were better than another no named brand. I would spend hundreds of pounds on clothing every month. The price was never justified other than it looked ok and was endorsed by some idiot in Europe and worn by my favourite celebrities at the time.

All of this stuff is mass produced and none of it is unique or special in any way.

I remember when I was younger I heard stories about how Tommy Hilfiger did not want black people wearing his clothing. Recently I have heard Louis Vuitton mirror similar comments. I am not saying that these allegations are true in any way but It made me question for the first time who these people were that owned these fashion houses.

The fact is I knew nothing about these designers or their ideology. Good possibility we do not share similar views?

Let’s say for arguments sake that a fashion designer is openly racist, sexist or homophobic and I walk around with his or her name brandished across my chest, does that mean that I am supporting his or hers views. After all I am the one who is helping to finance this person.

After much thought I came to the realisation that I didn’t feel comfortable with the idea of blindly supporting, advertising or funding any brand, anyone or anything that I had not researched myself. I decided to cut out all named brands completely and start from scratch.

When you actually take the time to think about it, it isn’t a hard decision at all.

I don’t know who these people are so why am I in such a rush to throw my money at them and be seen wearing their name all over my person. It does not make sense.

Since 2003 I have not purposely brought any clothing with writing on it. It’s a lot harder than you would think. No matter where you go or what you buy somebody is trying to squeeze a brand name or logo onto a pocket or a sleeve or even both.

It’s annoying because now most of the times when I pick up a nice plain shirt. I get home only to find it ruined by some guys name sneakily stitched on the back of the collar or on some tag stitched onto the bottom of the shirt. It’s becoming impossible to avoid.

This has nothing to do with cost or being cheap. I still waste money on other silly things I probably don’t need. This is more to do with principles and feeling proud of what I’m wearing and endorsing.

Next time you are out shopping trying on cloths take a moment to stop and ask yourself, what’s this brand about and why am I willing to be a walking billboard for them?

Sebastian Bowen

The Fishtank Podcast

There is a frantic buzz at the moment in the UK, Birmingham City to be precise. And with it comes a huge burst of inspiration in the form of Know Hope. I caught up with the founder of the exciting new brand Kieren Frantic, to find out what’s it all about.

Who is Keiran Frantic?

I am a curator of whatever I focus on at the time, music, fashion design, digital design, video and/or photography.

Despite being young, you have been at this for over ten years. How have you grown as an artist?
When you say it out loud, 10 years sounds mad. I first started recording properly when i was about 16 I would say, just making grime with my boys because who doesn’t want to do that at 16. Then I got signed to an independent label when I was 19 but that was short lived, I took years out came back took years out came back again.

In terms of how I have grown, my writing influences changed, it started off me proving I’m the toughest kid in the area to just mastering my craft. As I got older I wanted to write about what I was going through, more introspective and now its all of those things with social commentary so all people can relate to it. Its our story not just mine.

How does the Birmingham scene differ from other city’s?ย 
Birmingham is the city of underdogs. I like that though, its better to underestimated and over deliver. The only real disadvantage is that we have no structure here e.g no label, no a&r, no national station here. But again that isn’t a problem in this YouTube generation.

The 0121 anthem, what was the thought behind that?

Honestly it was just organic. Heard the beat and it was tough, hard hitting like a statement, so my chorus had to match. I was just sitting there like ‘jeeze where shall I start… 0121 straight to the heart’. I was going to leave the 0121 just in that bar and digress, but I thought for where the Birmingham scene is it would be good if we had an anthem, a chant. So I used that line to inspire the concept. It’s one of those songs that we will look back on like a Polaroid photo – it captures the timeslot before Birmingham blows.

When I first heard the track I couldn’t decide if it was Grime or Hip Hop. I wondered if that was by design?

Yeah its a grime type of beat, cold baseline minimal drums. But the flow I do on the verses is spaced out not a typical grime flow, makes it easier to take in the lyrics and more universal. Pretty good for a freestyle too.

Is there a new album on the horizon?ย 

Yes, I’m currently working on the next album at the moment entitled Hope Dealer, Due to come out soon

How does the British scene stand up against the USA?

You see the thing is, in America they are notย asking how does the USA scene stand up against Bangrah for instance, which is a huge industry by the way. I don’t think we need to stay looking over at USA to benchmark ourselves. We have our own standalone sound, loads of talent and we’re beginning to have our own industries to push it also, things such as SBTV and the YouTube channels, 1xtra etc. We just need more structure.

Do you think British Hip Hop or Grime could be promoted better in the UK?ย 

I think it is promoted very well at the minute considering how young the scene is. Remember Grimes is currently being promoted and led by the same artists we were jamming to in school. They’ve gone from emceesย to CEO’sย in their own right. The problem UK has, is the media stigma of Grime – as far as the papers are concerned, we are the problem.

What type of artist can we expect to see from Know Hope?

Without sounding clichรฉ, I only work with people that are the best at what they do, and know exactly what it is they do. It’s about finding your lane and owning it. I was told it doesn’t matter what you do in life as long as your the best at it.

What is the concept behind Know Hope?ย 

Know Hope is a culture brand, its for the people by the people. When I say culture I’m not talking about black or white, Christian or Muslim – that’s race and religion. The culture is a mix of all those things, its what’s common between the unemployed 18 year old in Sheffield and the bank clerk in London. The fashion, music, language, style, influence, topics

The aim is to inspire, delivering the message of success through self belief. So if you are wearing a top, tracksuit, cap or whatever the logo is like wearing your favourite sports team’s emblem. By wearing it you are saying, I believe in myself and I don’t give up or give in. As time goes on we will develop this brand and message further, for now I’m just getting the message out.

Are you a record label or a clothing line?ย 

Neither, its a culture brand. We feed the culture and get inspiration from the culture. It’s just everyday people like me and you who love what being young in Britain feels like and want to landmark it. We put out clothes, music, manage artists, put on events – everything.

I have to ask, what’s with the Panda mask?ย 

You will see that the Giant Panda Bear plays a big role with the brand. The Pandas are symbolic to the type of people ‘Know Hope’ represents. Giant Pandas work best on their own, they’re not followers and their environment is causing them to slowly become extinct. Like us they are a last of a dying breed of leaders and survivors.

What has the public reaction been towards the brand?

It’s really positive, people have taken to it locally and we intend to expand and grow the brand over the next year. The plan was always home then Rome.

What are your future plans for the brand?ย 

I don’t want to say too much because I like to keep my cards close to my chest, but its like I said, we’re a culture brand. So everything you see in our culture music, fashion, entertainment, we’re coming for it all. And we will spread our message at the same time, there’s purpose in all we do.

Where can people buy the clothing and or the music?ย 

All of the clothing and information can be found on the website

Sebastian Bowen.


What the hell is going on with the music industry these days? Did I miss a memo that said music videos are now three minute pornographic adverts?

There is a huge difference between embracing your sexuality, sexualisation and sex. Everything now looks like a scene from a porno. There appears to be a lot more skin on show and every video seems to be promoting the same image and the same message, sex sex sex.

It’s got to the point where I cannot let my child watch any music videos in fear of polluting his mind. Whilst I was writing this I was deciding whether or not to attach some example clips or links. I decided against it because I didnโ€™t think it was necessary, everybody knows the type of videos I am referring to. Additionally I did not want to inadvertently advertise or promote any of these atrocities so I have only used a few images to get my point across.


Over the last two decades music and sex have become synonymous. The record companies keep pumping out garbage and people keep lapping it up like dogs around vomit. The quality of music has declined and the level of sex required to sell these talentless artists has increased. I donโ€™t even believe we have seen the worst. Record companies will continue to push the boundaries of decency and we will continue to allow them to.


I recently took my six year old nephew to a birthday party, and the amount of young infant girlโ€™s twerking and simulating sex on the dance floor was uncomfortable to say the least. Some of the parents looked embarrassed but not concerned enough to stop them, and the others were actually proud of their children and encouraged them to carry on.

I asked one parent if she thought that type of dancing was appropriate. She said she didn’t, but the kids learn this stuff from the television so there is nothing she can do.

WTF do you mean there is nothing you can do! Change the channel Or Switch it off!


People behave like just because these videos are not advertised with an 18 certificate they are powerless to stop their children watching it. That’s madness. I control my household and I am responsible for what a child will experience when they are in my house. The same way I would not let a child watch a horror movie or any other material that was not age appropriate.

Try and think back to when you were five years old. I am pretty sure that you were not watching anything like the rubbish we see today, so donโ€™t you think that your own children deserve better. The parents that try to make the argument that itโ€™s just music and they are just dancing, are seriously in denial and failing their responsibility as a parent.


If you seriously want to get your children into music then teach them how to read and write music and play an instrument. Yes instruments, do you remember them? Also dance does not need to be limited to sexual simulation there are many different forms of dance, so donโ€™t talk rubbish to me. Itโ€™s because I can read, write and play music, which is why I am able to differentiate between good music and bad music.


It’s not just the music videos either; the stage performances are just as bad, if not worst. I’ve seen images of parents cringing at concerts as they are forced to endure some teenage kid who’s far too young to be gyrating in their little daughters face, for over ninety minutes. I would argue that most stage performances these days are similar to what you would expect to see in a seedy strip club. If you wouldnโ€™t allow your child to enter a strip club then why are you inviting similar material into your home?


I don’t think this is a case of me getting old or being out of touch with society. I am genuinely shocked at some of the footage that is allowed to be shown in the daytime for our childrenโ€™s entertainment, and I believe it will have damaging effects on them in the future. I was shocked and disappointed to read this week about the rise in children under the age of 10 being arrested for rape in this country, this cannot be ignored. Please click link for full story:

We are also experiencing a massive rise in paedophilia in England, every week more and more paedophiles appear to be coming out the woodwork. We have a responsibility as adults to protect children and to monitor what they are exposed to. In a future article I will be focusing on the sexualisation of children within todayโ€™s media, I do not believe it is unrelated to the rise in paedophiles and abuse on children.

The next time you find yourself watching filth on the television and thereโ€™s a child present, remember you are the responsible adult in the room so do your job and SWITCH IT OFF.

Sebastian Bowen.
The Fishtank Podcast.


Last Sunday at Wrestle Mania 30 I saw the Ultimate Warrior return to the WWE for the first time in 18 years. One of my greatest childhood heroes was entered into the WWE Hall of Fame to recognise his importance and to insure his legacy is immortalised forever.

The very next day on Raw the Ultimate Warrior made his way to the ring to speak to the fans. As the words left his mouth I couldn’t help but think this sounds like a man who isn’t planning on doing many appearances for the WWE. This is understandable considering the bitter feuds between him and the McMahon family since leaving the WWE many years ago.

However I was not expecting to wake up this morning to the sad news that the words he spoke to us all on Monday Night were his last. I think the words he spoke are words of truth, and sums up why superstars perform and why we as fans will dedicate a life time watching those superstars perform in the ring night after night.

I’m sure their will be many articles about the Warriors life over the next few days that will cover his life in great detail. My intention today is just the opposite, I would just like to end with the words from the Warrior himself from Monday night and say thank you for the memories and thank you for making me believe in the Ultimate Warrior.

โ€˜No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own.

โ€˜Every manโ€™s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath.

โ€˜And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something thatโ€™s larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers โ€“ by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honour him, and make the running the man did live forever.

โ€˜I am the Ultimate Warrior, you are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever.

Sebastian Bowen
The Fishtank Podcast

R.I.P Peter Falk

Peter Falk who played one of the much loved characters on TV died June 23rd 2011 of alzheimer’s at the age of 84. His portrayal of detective lieutenant Columbo created by William Link and Richard Levinson has graced our TV screens for over 40 years. I have been a fan as far back as I can remember. I used to watch this programme religiously every Sunday with my Grandmother who introduced me to the character at a very early age.

Unlike other detective programmes the audience is fully aware of the killer from the first scene. We witness the murder then we get to watch how our scruffy, unorganised unlikely detective unravels the case piece by piece with nothing more than the aid of a notebook, a cigar and a cup of black coffee.

The format of the show is still one that is unique by giving the audience all of the information at the beginning of the episode we are then able to witness the mind games and manipulation between Columbo and the villain from start to finish. It is not a question of who did it but more a question of how can our detective prove they did do it.

Columbo’s style from the get go is misdirection, always perceiving to be one step behind his culprit asking naive questions all the while luring them into a false sense of security and confidence. Once they become overconfident the Lieutenant will begin to show them the error of their ways until the cracks start to appear and the villain becomes a panicking unsettled desperate mess.

Most of the antagonists on the show were wealthy rich people who lived glamorous lives who felt they were above the law with Columbo acting as the underdog. The villains were always played by great actors of their time such as, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy from Star Trek, Dick Van Dyke (Mary Popins), Ruth Gordon (Rosemary’s Baby) and one of my personal favourites who appeared in and directed numerous episodes Patrick McGoohan (Escape from Alcatraz).

This style of show with celebrity villains paired off against a respected actor with a great mind is still one that could be used today. In the real world we are never short of a celebrity scandal or somebody who believes they are above the law. Subject matter that we can all still relate to.

If anybody is interested in watching any episodes of Columbo I would suggest watching them all but I have listed five of my favourite episodes that I think everybody will enjoy.

Prescription: Murder (Pilot Episode Season One)

A Stitch In Crime (Season Two)

Playback (Season Four)

Now you see him ( Season Five)

Fade To Murder ( Season six)

It is the end of an era but Columbo will never be forgotten, at least not in my house. I think film makers today could still learn a thing or two on the story telling mechanic of Columbo. I Thank Peter Falk for all his hard work and years of dedication and the many many years of entertainment that he has given and still continues to give me and my family.

Rest In Peace Peter Falk.

Sebastian Bowen.
The Fishtank Podcast.


Mr Sheg shares his experiences in public transport sector. He enlightens us on the reason why you wait around for a bus and then two turn up at the same time. If you have never heard of the term “punching” then it’s time you found out.

Is there any truth to this unbelievable game that is played everyday by are trusty bus drivers?

All revealed on ๐Ÿ‘‰this weeks episode ๐Ÿ‘ˆ of The Fishtank.

Sebastian Bowen.
The Fishtank Podcast


This week Mr Sheg talks about one of his favourite comics as a kid. The unbelievable Billy and his boots. Do you remember the days of Roy of the Rovers or Hot Shot Hamish.

Who were your comic book idols as a kid?

Episode 01 mp3 link

Sebastian Bowen.
The Fishtank Podcast.