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Phonic FM is Exeter’s sound alternative — a community radio station for the city and beyond, broadcasting on 106.8FM and online since 2008.

Arash Torabi

Arash Torabi

Arash Torabi

Presenter’s name: Arash Torabi

What type of music? Psychedelic, garage, Freakbeat, psych folk and other stuff from the ’60s… and also stuff from after that time, which is influenced by it. Bit of Americana, current-day bands, mid-80s indie stuff, resent psych folkies… Maybe the odd bit of Mod-fodder…depends what I feel like on the day.

Format of the program: I’m just playing records and talking about what I play. That’s it.

Why should we listen? Because I said so! I’d be a bit biased to answer that wouldn’t I? Alright… err… good records!

How did your programme come about? A few years ago I used to present the 247 Magazine Radio Show, but I had to give it up due to lack of time. But I missed Phonic FM, so I came crawling back, and to my surprise and delight, they let me have another Saturday afternoon slot!

What goes on behind the scenes in the studio? Not much. Just records!

What’s been your best on air moment? Interviewing this bloke who’d been in Nico’s band.I had no idea until he told me, live on air.

Who is your favourite artist and why? You can’t be presenting a ’60s radio show without loving The Beatles, and I do. Deeply. There’s a certain trend to slag ’em off these days, and it’s usually the old gits who think they’re being desperately punk rock. To those people I say: “You don’t like The Beatles? You’re in the wrong game, pal. Now go and burn your entire record collection because you wouldn’t even be listening to music without them”. I also love a lot of other great ’60s bands and artists, like Love, Scott Walker, MC5, The Who, Donovan, The Velvet Underground, Pretty Things, The Byrds, Small Faces and The Kinks. Also the lesser known bands and one-off songs as featured on ’60s psych, garage and Freakbeat compilations like Nuggets, Pebbles and Rubble… but that’s a bit obvious innit?

What’s your favourite album and why: Forever Changes by Love. Why? Because it’s Forever Changes by Love. The cats who dig it will know what I’m on about.


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