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

CD/REF 01 DJ Tonka - Reform  Selection album art Various Feel Various - Reform Selection(CD, Comp, Mixed) Reform CD/REF 01 Italy 1995 Sell This Version
535 158-2, CRCD 04 DJ Tonka - Definition Of House Volume Four album art Daniel Klein Feel Daniel Klein - Definition Of House Volume Four(CD, Comp, Mixed) Metronome, Container Records (3) 535 158-2, CRCD 04 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
33 213-423 DJ Tonka - Love Machine (House Mix) album art Sabine Christ She Knows You Sabine Christ - Love Machine (House Mix)(CD, Mixed) Dogondke Media 33 213-423 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
9902286 DJ Tonka - A Funky House Trip album art Robert De La... Gauthier Flashback (Roy's Creators Of Deepness Mix) (as D.J. Tonka) Robert De La... Gauthier - A Funky House Trip(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Dig) Arcade 9902286 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
MCD 33850 DJ Tonka - The House Of House No 2 album art Various Feel Various - The House Of House No 2(CD, Comp + CD, Comp, Mixed) MCA Music Entertainment GmbH MCD 33850 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
T-53, TCD 092-47182 DJ Tonka - Victims Of House album art Nathalie De Borah Old School (US-Edition) Nathalie De Borah - Victims Of House(2xCD, Comp + CD, Comp, Mixed) Sub Terranean, Sub Terranean T-53, TCD 092-47182 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Spiritual Tracks Vol 6 album art Various Radical Noise Various - Spiritual Tracks Vol 6 (Comp) Outland Records Germany 1996 Sell This Version
TBA 9212.2 DJ Tonka - Partysan Präsentiert Progressive House Attack Vol. 1 album art Microwave (3) Getting Ready and 1 more… Microwave (3) - Partysan Präsentiert Progressive House Attack Vol. 1(CD, Comp, Mixed) TBA TBA 9212.2 Switzerland 1996 Sell This Version
74321 38109 2 DJ Tonka - Kinky The Fetish Fantasy Mix album art DJ Eric E.* Feel The Street DJ Eric E.* - Kinky The Fetish Fantasy Mix(CD, Comp, Mixed) Jive 74321 38109 2 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
PDP12HT3 DJ Tonka - Partydance Presents: House & Tekkno 3 album art Various Radical Noise (Remix) and 1 more… Various - Partydance Presents: House & Tekkno 3(CD, Mixed, Unofficial, Ltd) Partydance Productions PDP12HT3 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
VRG 70001-2 DJ Tonka - Loose Caboose album art DJ Dan Phun-Ky DJ Dan - Loose Caboose(CD, Mixed) VRG Records Inc. VRG 70001-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
Joker 3 DJ Tonka - MTV Special Presents The Magic Joker 3 album art Various Old School Various - MTV Special Presents The Magic Joker 3(CD, Mixed, Unofficial) Time 2 Party Records Joker 3 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
532 436-2 DJ Tonka - Chemistry - The First Album album art DJ Marcello Feel DJ Marcello - Chemistry - The First Album(CD, Comp, Mixed) Mercury 532 436-2 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
2101971 DJ Tonka - Carré SummermiX album art Various Old School (Club Edit) Various - Carré SummermiX(CD, Comp, Mixed) CNR Music 2101971 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
PDP09HT2 DJ Tonka - Partydance Presents: House & Tekkno 2 album art Various Radical Noise Various - Partydance Presents: House & Tekkno 2(CD, Mixed, Unofficial) Partydance Productions PDP09HT2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
RW1502296 DJ Tonka - Zenith Ibiza - Pacha 1996 album art D.J. Carlos DIaz* And D.J. Reche* Flashback D.J. Carlos DIaz* And D.J. Reche* - Zenith Ibiza - Pacha 1996(CD, Mixed) RW Records RW1502296 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
2061-2 DJ Tonka - House Of Lemon album art D.J. Sagi Haber Feel D.J. Sagi Haber - House Of Lemon(CD, Comp, Mixed) Phonokol 2061-2 Israel 1996 Sell This Version
NS COMP 005 CD DJ Tonka - Fast Forward album art DJ Jesse Phun-Ky DJ Jesse - Fast Forward(CD, Mixed) ID&T NS COMP 005 CD Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
34762-423 DJ Tonka - Love Machine 2 album art Sabine Christ Feel Sabine Christ - Love Machine 2(CD, Mixed) Viceroy Music Europe 34762-423 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
74321 42363 2 DJ Tonka - Dance Xplosion Megamix (Volume 3) album art Various Old Skool Various - Dance Xplosion Megamix (Volume 3)(CD, Mixed) EVA 74321 42363 2 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
BASIC 602462, 602462, basic 602462 DJ Tonka - R.M.01 album art Ronald Molendijk Radical Noise Ronald Molendijk - R.M.01(CD, Mixed) Basic Beat Recordings, Basic Beat Recordings, Basic Beat Recordings BASIC 602462, 602462, basic 602462 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
0062362CLU DJ Tonka - Progressive Attack 3 album art Various Phun-Ky Various - Progressive Attack 3(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Club Tools 0062362CLU Germany 1996 Sell This Version
XPO 96.07.01 DJ Tonka - Party Collection Vol. 3 (The Party) album art Various Radical Noise Various - Party Collection Vol. 3 (The Party)(CD, Comp, Mixed) XPO XPO 96.07.01 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
A&E CD 002 DJ Tonka - The Housecafe Vol. 2 album art Various Flashback (Mighty Dub Mix) and 1 more… Various - The Housecafe Vol. 2(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Adam & Eve Records A&E CD 002 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
2002921 DJ Tonka - Van Diepen's Dance Department album art Various Radical Noise (Original Mix) Various - Van Diepen's Dance Department(CD, Mixed) CNR Music 2002921 Netherlands 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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