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.
0927-45033-2 DJ Tonka - Dance Loop Evolution 2 album art Various Heartjumpa (Original Version) (as Tonka) Various - Dance Loop Evolution 2(2xCD, Comp) WEA, Warner Music Finland Oy 0927-45033-2 Finland 2002 Sell This Version
584 894-2 DJ Tonka - Club Sounds Vol.21 - The Ultimate Club Dance Collection album art Various Heartjumpa (Short Cut) (as Tonka) Various - Club Sounds Vol.21 - The Ultimate Club Dance Collection(2xCD, Comp) Polystar (3) 584 894-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
PROMO-322 DJ Tonka - January 2002 Part 1 album art Various Heartjumpa (as Tonka) Various - January 2002 Part 1(CD, Comp, Ltd, Promo) Dee Jay Mix Club PROMO-322 Poland 2002 Sell This Version
CDJP064 DJ Tonka - CD Pool Volume 64 album art Various Heartjumpa (Extended Mix) (as Tonka) Various - CD Pool Volume 64(CD, Comp) DJ Promotion CDJP064 Poland 2002 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Freeze album art Thomilla Not Satisfied Thomilla - Freeze (Album) Polydor Island Group Europe 2003 Sell This Version
9548 37567 4 DJ Tonka - Pop Top 3 album art Various Love Schack Various - Pop Top 3(Cass) Warner Music 9548 37567 4 Poland Unknown 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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