Real Name:
Thomas-René Gerlach
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.
9548 37118-2 DJ Tonka - Peaktime (In One Go) album art DJ Tonka Peaktime (In One Go)(CD, Comp, Mixed) Club Culture 9548 37118-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
302 4083-2 DJ Tonka - The House Of Disco album art DJ Tonka The House Of Disco(CD, Comp, RE + CD, Comp, Mixed, RE) Vision Soundcarriers 302 4083-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
8573-84108-2 DJ Tonka - In The Mix - Essential Streetparades album art DJ Tonka In The Mix - Essential Streetparades(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) WSM 8573-84108-2 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
8573-84998-2, 8573 84998 2 DJ Tonka - Proved album art DJ Tonka Proved(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Warner Special Marketing GmbH, Warner Special Marketing GmbH 8573-84998-2, 8573 84998 2 Germany 2000 Sell This Version

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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.


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


January 18, 2005
edited over 15 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.


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


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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