“This was before there were any other bars, nightclubs, cool eating spots, art galleries, or anything like that in Peckham,” explains Bradley. “This was basically the only place that young people involved in art were hanging out. So it was this hub. Even though I wasn’t getting paid much, I was getting to know everyone in the community. So I developed this base of friends - of artists and musicians - a very tight knit group of people who were making things happen in that area.”
After cutting his teeth on the decks of Bar Story, he started a local radio show called Peckham Rhythm Section where he would play everything from jazz to disco, house to soul. The radio show soon became a club night of the same name, taking place once a month at a local pool hall. It sold out every time. “It never felt like I had to promote it,” explains Bradley, “because there was a real need for the night, there was nothing else regular going on at that time.”
The premise of Peckham Rhythm Section was pure and simple. He wanted it to be a “back to basics” clubnight: an intimate gathering for 200 people in a basement, with a big sound system and a box of good records. He avoided over-hyping the line ups, and there were never any cameras allowed in, so what happened at the parties would spread through word of mouth alone. It was all about creating a space for Bradley to share music and for people to enjoy themselves in the moment.