If unassuming isn't one of the adjectives that usually springs to mind when thinking of prolific and talented DJ producers, then more's the pity really.
Not just your average DJ duo, System of Survival are Pietro 'Bingo' De Lisi and Alex Carpentieri, affectionately known on the island of Ibiza as Bingo & Alex, and very affectionately is generally how they are best known.
Residing primarily at DC10, the pair have been residents for Circo Loco since the party first began, Antonio knew of them and their productions back in his home town Salerno in Italy and brought them to Ibiza when it all kicked off. After countless years of commuting for the summer months they finally relocated to Ibiza full-time in 2008, coincidentally the same year that either of them finally ventured into any other club in Ibiza beside DC10!
“The people, music and vibe at DC10 is like no place on earth. Doesn't matter about any other club on the island for us, there is nowhere else as cutting edge or experimental as Circo Loco. The Djs and artists that are part of this family, are genuinely passionate about the music we all play, and the crowd actually appreciate the sounds there...last summer we had the privilege to play for 3 hours peak time on the terrace and to be able to play any style or genre and to know that the crowd would understand and follow us, this is something very special."
Living, working, producing and playing together the pair have a rare and instinctive relationship formed over 20 years of partnership. A mix session isn't divided into a simple one on/one off formula; in the same way that their productions deliver such a warm, cohesive and well-rounded sound, behind the decks as in the studio, this is a case of 2 halves easily making up the whole.
True aficionados, the boys, between them, boast a remarkable knowledge and back catalogue of music, across styles and genres, defining their solid, smooth and thoroughly dependable sound. Say's Alex, “Our productions never really fit to one particular style or type, Bingo has a soul and funk background whereas mine is more Detroit or Chicago techno-inspired so our studio time is a real blend of the different styles, I think that our releases, the same as when we play, become a real mix of these styles, making something different completely, something new.”
A System of Survival set, like the boys themselves, doesn't care if a record is new or old, in fashion or not, music is music and the best will always out. Partly the reason that they consistently continue to blow the roof off so many clubs worldwide, still without ever blowing their own trumpets.
The label IANUS71, was launched in 2008 as an in-house 12” music factory to support some of the talent they had been meeting along their journey. Releases from Autre, DosLive & AeN have accompanied some off their own, with Outart's latest release, SunSplash being recently picked up by fellow DC10-er Matthias Tanzmann's MoonHarbour seal.
System's own productions have found homes with Freak'n'Chic, Tenax and Blau Motif to name a few, as well as being picked up for compilations such as Moon Harbour's Circo Loco Anniversary CD or both LocoDice and Marco Carola's "TimeWarp Series".