Real Name:
Thomas-René Gerlach
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Once together with his schoolmate Ian Pooley branded as 'Wunderkind' of German techno, Tonka has become THE disco house producer of the German musicscene. While being commercially succesfull, 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 partys 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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DJ Tonka Discography Tracks

DJ Tonka - Get Down With Underground album art Various Feel Various - Get Down With Underground (Comp) Bianco & Nero Italy 1995 Sell This Version
DMD-CD4 DJ Tonka - Brave New World Compilation IV - The Leading Underground Techno'n'House Compilation album art Various Phun-ky Various - Brave New World Compilation IV - The Leading Underground Techno'n'House Compilation(2xCD, Comp) DMD DMD-CD4 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
RAM 0296 DJ Tonka - Ramdam - Sniper - Objectifs 96/97 - Sampler Promo album art Various Old Skool Various - Ramdam - Sniper - Objectifs 96/97 - Sampler Promo(CD, Comp, Promo) Ramdam Factory, Sniper Records (3) RAM 0296 France 1995 Sell This Version
74321317402 DJ Tonka - Maumau Alive album art Various Flashback and 1 more… Various - Maumau Alive(CD, Comp) Fieldzz Discos 74321317402 Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
DMD-CD3 DJ Tonka - Brave New World Compilation III album art Various Flashback Various - Brave New World Compilation III(2xCD, Comp) DMD DMD-CD3 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Vanity album art Various Got To Get Up Various - Vanity (Comp) Mocca Germany 1996 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Full Speed Three album art Various Radical Noise Various - Full Speed Three (Comp) Planetworks, Mercury Greece 1996 Sell This Version
MEC 10001 DJ Tonka - Strictly Club '96 album art Various Feel Various - Strictly Club '96(2xCD, Comp) MECADO MEC 10001 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
01.10340 DJ Tonka - Mellows Place album art Various Feel The Street Various - Mellows Place(CD, Comp) Arcade 01.10340 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
006129-2 CLU DJ Tonka - DJ United Vol. 2 album art Various Feel Various - DJ United Vol. 2(CD, Comp) Club Tools 006129-2 CLU Germany 1996 Sell This Version
NS COMP 004 CD, NS COMP 004CD DJ Tonka - Mellows Place album art Various Phun-ky Various - Mellows Place(CD, Comp) ID&T, ID&T NS COMP 004 CD, NS COMP 004CD Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
668 DJ Tonka - DJ United Vol. 2 album art Various Feel Various - DJ United Vol. 2(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) Music World (2) 668 Russia 1996 Sell This Version
YoYo 02960102 DJ Tonka - House Marke Compilation - Tekkno House Trends 96 album art Various Feel (as Dj. Tonka) Various - House Marke Compilation - Tekkno House Trends 96(2xCD, Comp) Yoyo Records YoYo 02960102 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
CSR CD 5025 DJ Tonka - Force Inc. Compilation album art Various Got To Get Up Various - Force Inc. Compilation(CD, Comp) Central Station CSR CD 5025 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
SUCK CD 09 DJ Tonka - 9000 Ohm! album art Various Phun-Ky Various - 9000 Ohm!(2xCD, Comp) Suck Me Plasma SUCK CD 09 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
SPV 084-1 60562 DJ Tonka - Disco House album art Various Feel Various - Disco House(CD, Comp) German Underground Movement SPV 084-1 60562 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
553207-2 DJ Tonka - Club Zone Volume II album art Various Feel Various - Club Zone Volume II(CD, Comp) Mercury, Planetworks 553207-2 Greece 1996 Sell This Version
USM-96 112 DJ Tonka - Club Scene Vol.1 album art Various Old School Various - Club Scene Vol.1(2xCD, Comp) Unsubmissive Records USM-96 112 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
V.BG-03 DJ Tonka - The Best Of Chicago Garage III album art Various Old Skool Various - The Best Of Chicago Garage III(LP, Comp, Unofficial) Not On Label V.BG-03 Brazil 1996 Sell This Version
6315 DJ Tonka - Airplay Records Printemps 96 - Une Dance D'Avance album art Various Feel Various - Airplay Records Printemps 96 - Une Dance D'Avance(CD, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Airplay Records 6315 France 1996 Sell This Version
6324 DJ Tonka - Dance Attitude 9 album art Various Feel (as D.J. Tonka) Various - Dance Attitude 9(CD, Comp) PolyGram Projets Spéciaux 6324 France 1996 Sell This Version
EFA 06331-2 DJ Tonka - The World Of House Music 1 album art Various Flashback (Original Mix) Various - The World Of House Music 1(2xCD, Comp) Ausfahrt EFA 06331-2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
SPV DCD 089-68312 DJ Tonka - Japan Connection album art Various Flashback (DJ Juan Mix) (as DJ Tomka) Various - Japan Connection(2xCD, Comp) Good Vibration SPV DCD 089-68312 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
UCA CD 008-2 DJ Tonka - Housefloor - Volume 3 album art Various Feel (Gusto Remix) (as DJ Thonka) Various - Housefloor - Volume 3(2xCD, Comp) UCA Records UCA CD 008-2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
SEMA 35824 DJ Tonka - Night Move Compilation Vol. 3 album art Various Feel (Gusto Remix) Various - Night Move Compilation Vol. 3(CD, Comp) Raum Records SEMA 35824 Germany 1996 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 13 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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MrFonktrain

MrFonktrain

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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