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 DJ Tonka - 84 album art Tonka* 84 (Album) Vivienne 5050467-2108-2-0 Germany 2004 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

FIM US 5 DJ Tonka - Feel album art D.J. Tonka* Feel (Maxi, Single) Force Inc. US FIM US 5 US 1995 Sell This Version
FIM US 9 DJ Tonka - Phun-Ky album art DJ Tonka Phun-Ky Force Inc. US FIM US 9 US 1995 Sell This Version
FIM US 1 DJ Tonka - Flashback album art D.J. Tonka* Flashback (EP) Force Inc. US FIM US 1 US 1995 Sell This Version
EXUL 1 DJ Tonka - DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley's Unreleased Spacecube Tracks album art 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
FIM US 13 DJ Tonka - Feel The Street album art D.J. Tonka* Vs Deskee D.J. Tonka* Vs Deskee - Feel The Street Force Inc. US FIM US 13 US 1996 Sell This Version
FIM US 14 DJ Tonka - (I Want You To) Feel album art D.J. Tonka* (I Want You To) Feel Force Inc. US FIM US 14 US 1996 Sell This Version
FIM US 18 DJ Tonka - Happiness album art D.J. Tonka* Happiness Force Inc. US FIM US 18 US 1996 Sell This Version
DNET048-SPD DJ Tonka - Old Skool / Use Ya Ears album art DJ Tonka Old Skool / Use Ya Ears (Maxi) Force Inc. US DNET048-SPD Australia & New Zealand 1996 Sell This Version
DNET064 - SPD DJ Tonka - Phun-ky / Feel album art DJ Tonka Phun-ky / Feel(CD, Maxi) DanceNet DNET064 - SPD Australia 1996 Sell This Version
940829/MSD DJ Tonka - Force Inc Limited Edition Vinyl album art Subsonic 808 / DJ Tonka Subsonic 808 / DJ Tonka - Force Inc Limited Edition Vinyl(12", Ltd, Promo) Force Inc. US 940829/MSD US 1996 Sell This Version
TRIP 025 DJ Tonka - Feel Phun-Ky EP album art DJ Tonka Feel Phun-Ky EP(12", EP) Outland Records TRIP 025 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
TRIP 029 DJ Tonka - Radical Noise album art DJ Tonka Radical Noise(12") Outland Records TRIP 029 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
Funk 1 DJ Tonka - Funk Music album art Dave Angel vs. DJ Tonka Dave Angel vs. DJ Tonka - Funk Music (Single) Not On Label Funk 1 1997 Sell This Version
TRIBUMX008 DJ Tonka - The Night / Security album art DJ Tonka The Night / Security (EP, Maxi, Single) Uplifting Records TRIBUMX008 Spain 1997 Sell This Version
9362 44566-0 DJ Tonka - Love Shack album art 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
EXUL 004 DJ Tonka - She Knows You / Get On Up album art D.J. Tonka* She Knows You / Get On Up (Maxi, Single) Uplifting Records EXUL 004 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
8573-83230-2 DJ Tonka - Don't Be Afraid (To Let Yourself Go) album art DJ Tonka Don't Be Afraid (To Let Yourself Go) (Single, Maxi) Vivienne 8573-83230-2 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
0927 43128-5 DJ Tonka - Heartjumpa album art Tonka* pres. Chip Tunes Tonka* pres. Chip Tunes - Heartjumpa (Maxi, Single) Deep Culture 0927 43128-5 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
none DJ Tonka - Heartjumpa / Reflect / Fallin / Pa$$ion 2001 album art Tonka* Presents Chip Tunes Tonka* Presents Chip Tunes - Heartjumpa / Reflect / Fallin / Pa$$ion 2001(2x12", Ltd) Chip Tunes none Germany 2001 Sell This Version
VIV - 003 DJ Tonka - Keep Klimbing album art Tonka* Keep Klimbing Vivienne VIV - 003 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
viv 002 DJ Tonka - Never! / J.O.E. (Jungle Of Emotion) album art Tonka* Never! / J.O.E. (Jungle Of Emotion) Vivienne viv 002 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
PR 04512 DJ Tonka - Get Back album art Tonka* Feat. Lara McAllen Tonka* Feat. Lara McAllen - Get Back (Maxi) Deep Culture, Vivienne PR 04512 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
VIV - 007 DJ Tonka - 84 (My Beginning) album art Tonka* 84 (My Beginning)(12") Vivienne VIV - 007 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
DI 004 DJ Tonka - All Over Again album art Adjuster vs. Tonka* Adjuster vs. Tonka* - All Over Again(12") Disco Inc. DI 004 Germany 2005 Sell This Version

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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.
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!
djbronko

djbronko

January 18, 2005
edited over 16 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.
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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