The Wasted Penguinz are a Hardstyle duo from Helsingborg, Sweden. The duo consists of two artists; Pontuz Bergman & Jon Brandt-Cederhäll. They began producing together in 2008, after meeting each other on a message board, originally being rivals.
Pontuz (Teequee) and Jon (Dan-J) first met up late 2006 for the very first time. Beforehand, they only had internet contact. Pontuz proposed the idea to meet up for the weekend and produce music together. Up until 2008, Pontuz and Jon were solo artists producing eurodance music and they then decided to start a group producing hardstyle music. The track "Scantraxx Rootz" by Headhunterz & Abject aka Frontliner inspired Pontuz and Jon to produce hardstyle music and the name "Wasted Penguinz" was born which came together over brainstorming and beer.
Pontuz and Jon created a few tracks and sent them to some record labels and had a response from Bazz Implant and IMPMusic. They signed for Bazz Implants and had two successful releases. This is where it all began for the Wasted Penguinz.
Two years after the group was founded, the Wasted Penguinz were signed to a major Dutch label, Scantraxx in the summer of 2010. Their first Scantraxx release was on June 18, 2010. This release contained two tracks, "I'm Free" and "Anxiety", and was released on Scantraxx Silver. Their second release on Scantraxx Silver was in October 2010, containing the tracks "Hate Mondayz" and "Resistance".
All the tracks on both of their first two Scantraxx releases reached the "Hardstyle Top 100 of 2010" list from Fear.fm, the then-largest radio station devoted to harder styles of dance music. "Resistance" reached position 11, "Anxiety" reached position 23, "I'm Free" at 37, and finally "Hate Mondayz" at position 49. They also won the "Best New Face" award from Fear.fm. Fear.fm interviewed Pontus & Jon, who revealed that they were in contact with Scantraxx since December 2009, and it was only made official in the summer of 2010.
The image created around their music is centred on consuming large amounts of beer, with their motto/tagline being "Get Wasted N' Do It". The Wasted Penguinz' YouTube account is used to upload previews, as well as videos of drinking contests & drinking games.
In 2011, they were booked for three major Dutch festivals in the summer: Intents Festival in Oisterwijk, Defqon.1 Festival in Biddinghuizen and Q-Base. The summer saw many new releases from the duo, all of which were released on Scantraxx.
In May 2012, the duo left Scantraxx as stated by "Wasted Penguinz Official Fan Page" on Facebook.
The year after, in October, they signed with Toff Music and released the Raindropz single as well as their first album, Wistfulness.
In 2014, the duo remixed JoeySuki and Kill The Buzz single Life Is Calling.
They signed with the Belgian hardstyle label Dirty Workz later in 2014 and released their first track on the label titled "All For Nothing".
Wasted Penguinz then went on releasing tracks on the Belgian label. Namely "Bitterness", "I Love You", "Paradise Is Lost", and, most recently, "Inner Peace", an experimental hardstyle track.
In 2016 Jon & Pontuz released their second album on the 28th of October called "Clarity", consisting of 14 tracks with collaborations such as Crisis Era.
(white labels are not listed)
Wasted Penguinz Website
Wasted Penguinz at Discogs