In 1996 'Barely Breaking Even' founders Peter Adarkwah and Ben Jolly, having promoted and DJ'd clubs collectively under the name for two years, decided to kick-start a record label.
BBE's first release, the compilation 'Stop And Listen Volume One', was the start of something special. A decade on and Barely Breaking Even Records have surpassed all expectations. Not only do the compilations go from strength to strength but an outstanding collection of original production is also under their belt. Artists, producers, DJs that have contributed their vast knowledge and technical skill have included: Masters At Work, J Dilla, Keb Darge, Roy Ayers, Osunlade, Questlove, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Spinna, Dimitri from Paris, Joey Negro, Gilles Peterson, David Rodigan, Ty, Bugz in the Attic, DJ Vadim, Will.i.am, Spoek Mathambo... and many, many more.