DJ Tonka

Real Name:
Thomas-René Gerlach
Profile:
Once together with his schoolmate Ian Pooley branded as 'Wunderkind' of German techno, Tonka has become THE disco house producer of the German music scene. While being commercially successful, Tonka managed to hold onto a unique style always identifying him as fan of oldskool breakbeats and early Italian disco tracks. His classic sets at parties in his hometown Mainz are legendary among clubgoers. Lately, he has dropped 'DJ' from his producer alias so one would usually read only 'Tonka' on his newer releases.
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Albums

5050467-2108-2-0 84 — DJ Tonka Tonka* 84 (Album) Vivienne 5050467-2108-2-0 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

FIM US 5 Feel — DJ Tonka D.J. Tonka* Feel (Maxi, Single) Force Inc. Music Works U.S.Edition FIM US 5 US 1995 Sell This Version
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FIM US 9 Phun-Ky — DJ Tonka DJ Tonka Phun-Ky Force Inc. Music Works U.S.Edition FIM US 9 US 1995 Sell This Version
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FIM US 1 Flashback — DJ Tonka D.J. Tonka* Flashback (EP) Force Inc. Music Works U.S.Edition FIM US 1 US 1995 Sell This Version
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EXUL 1 DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley's Unreleased Spacecube Tracks — DJ Tonka DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley, Spacecube* DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley, Spacecube* - DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley's Unreleased Spacecube Tracks Uplifting Records EXUL 1 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
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FIM US 13 Feel The Street — DJ Tonka D.J. Tonka* Vs Deskee D.J. Tonka* Vs Deskee - Feel The Street Force Inc. Music Works U.S.Edition FIM US 13 US 1996 Sell This Version
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FIM US 18 Happiness — DJ Tonka D.J. Tonka* Happiness Force Inc. Music Works U.S.Edition FIM US 18 US 1996 Sell This Version
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FIM US 14 (I Want You To) Feel — DJ Tonka D.J. Tonka* (I Want You To) Feel (Single) Force Inc. Music Works U.S.Edition FIM US 14 US 1996 Sell This Version
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3017236 Old Skool / Use Ya Ears — DJ Tonka DJ Tonka Old Skool / Use Ya Ears (Maxi, Single) Force Inc. Music Works U.S.Edition 3017236 France 1996 Sell This Version
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DNET064 - SPD Phun-ky / Feel — DJ Tonka DJ Tonka Phun-ky / Feel(CD, Single) DanceNet DNET064 - SPD Australia & New Zealand 1996 Sell This Version
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940829/MSD Force Inc Limited Edition Vinyl — DJ Tonka Subsonic 808 / DJ Tonka Subsonic 808 / DJ Tonka - Force Inc Limited Edition Vinyl(12", Ltd, Promo) Force Inc. Music Works 940829/MSD US 1996 Sell This Version
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TRIP 025 Feel Phun-Ky EP — DJ Tonka DJ Tonka Feel Phun-Ky EP(12", EP) Outland Records TRIP 025 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
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TRIP 029 Radical Noise — DJ Tonka DJ Tonka Radical Noise(12") Outland Records TRIP 029 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
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Funk 1 Funk Music — DJ Tonka Dave Angel vs. DJ Tonka Dave Angel vs. DJ Tonka - Funk Music (Single) Not On Label Funk 1 1997 Sell This Version
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TRIBUMX008 The Night / Security — DJ Tonka DJ Tonka The Night / Security (EP, Maxi, Single) Uplifting Records TRIBUMX008 Spain 1997 Sell This Version
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9362 44566-0 Love Shack — DJ Tonka The B-52's vs. DJ Tonka The B-52's vs. DJ Tonka - Love Shack (Maxi, Single) Reprise Records 9362 44566-0 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
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EXUL 004 She Knows You / Get On Up — DJ Tonka D.J. Tonka* She Knows You / Get On Up (Single, EP, Maxi) Uplifting Records EXUL 004 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
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8573-83230-2 Don't Be Afraid (To Let Yourself Go) — DJ Tonka DJ Tonka Don't Be Afraid (To Let Yourself Go) (Single, Maxi) Vivienne 8573-83230-2 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
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0927 43128-5 Heartjumpa — DJ Tonka Tonka* pres. Chip Tunes Tonka* pres. Chip Tunes - Heartjumpa (Maxi, Single) Deep Culture 0927 43128-5 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
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none Heartjumpa / Reflect / Fallin / Pa$$ion 2001 — DJ Tonka Tonka* Presents Chip Tunes Tonka* Presents Chip Tunes - Heartjumpa / Reflect / Fallin / Pa$$ion 2001(2x12", Ltd) Chip Tunes none Germany 2001 Sell This Version
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viv 002 Never! / J.O.E. (Jungle Of Emotion) — DJ Tonka Tonka* Never! / J.O.E. (Jungle Of Emotion) (EP) Vivienne viv 002 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
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VIV - 003 Keep Klimbing — DJ Tonka Tonka* Keep Klimbing Vivienne VIV - 003 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
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VIV - 007 84 (My Beginning) — DJ Tonka Tonka* 84 (My Beginning) (Single) Vivienne VIV - 007 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
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PR 04512 Get Back — DJ Tonka Tonka* Feat. Lara McAllen Tonka* Feat. Lara McAllen - Get Back (Maxi) Deep Culture, Vivienne PR 04512 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
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DI 004 All Over Again — DJ Tonka Tonka* Vs. Adjuster Tonka* Vs. Adjuster - All Over Again Disco Inc. DI 004 Germany 2005 Sell This Version

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vorton

vorton

November 16, 2022
One of my personal heroes. Tonka is such a big part of my musical education (She Knows You, Get Back, Keep Klimbing, Don't Be Afraid, 84). His tracks have a way of coming in waves - at times too commercial and overplayed, then time passes and they again sound fresh. Very uplifting! He is just not going away anytime soon and i have a feeling there is much yet to come.
Buzbybumble

Buzbybumble

January 1, 2015
I am unsure what he really looks like. His photos clearly show 2 different people on the images and searching the internet also shows pics for two different people. I assume the blonde haired guy is not the actual artist, but a model used to front the artist in the early days of his career.
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dalequetepego

dalequetepego

July 27, 2010
Hi!
I've been searching unsuccessfuly a long time a remix by dj Tonka of '2 UNLIMITED - NEVER SURRENDER'. I heard in the 90's.
Help!
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djbronko

djbronko

January 18, 2005
edited over 18 years ago
His tracks may be called too commercial, or all the same - but they just work. Tonka has got a simple recipe that is unique - the pianos make you feel good, the bass kicks (at least on releases until 2000, later on getting softer), the bassline grooves, the melodies are catchy. This is happiness in a tin can. Open it and feel good.
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DJEXFIX

DJEXFIX

May 11, 2003
Disco stings revisited with uplifting riffs of guitar giving wide dancability. A soulful house track putting boogie disco vs. oldskool house. Where in the world can one find tracks like this? Just look for DJ Tonka. Thankyou
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Mr.Fonk

Mr.Fonk

March 30, 2002
Once famous for his unique and uplifting remixes, the man from Mainz now has changed his sound to a mixture between oldschool breakbeats with some piano and UK Garage

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