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The Barely Breaking Even movement began nearly ten years ago when Peter Adarkwah and his partner Ben were discussing music and discovered a shared interest in diverse, eclectic sounds covering all genres - from old scratchy Brazilian grooves, through 70’s funk, via jazz fusion, hip - hop and soul to newer garage, disco and techno music.

Pete had been DJ’ing at friend’s parties for several years and had just graduated to his first gig on the club scene. First and foremost a music lover and collector Pete had discovered a previously unknown aptitude when he started spinning the tunes. They decided to promote a night where the music that was played would not be restricted as it was in other clubs - the new night would be across styles and freestyle.

The first club promotion took place at a tiny club in Chinatown under the name ‘Shake It Loose.’ The club was a resounding success, but unwittingly another promoter had already employed the name used. A change was necessary and so it became Barely Breaking Even - taken from the seminal track by The Universal Robot Band (re -issued on Dimitri’s ‘Disco Forever’ album in Oct 2000) (and true of the state of finances at that time.)

With the change of name came a change of venue. BBE moved onwards and upwards - promoting at different venues and on different nights but with a fresh attitude and an already distinct style, the nights became more and more popular. Ben & Pete also began to appear as guest DJs elsewhere and DJing and promoting became a full time occupation.

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