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

REF 029 DJ Tonka - Feel album art DJ Tonka DJ Tonka - Feel(12") Reform REF 029 Italy 1995 Sell This Version
FIM US 9 DJ Tonka - Phun-Ky album art DJ Tonka DJ Tonka - Phun-Ky(12") Force Inc. US FIM US 9 US 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
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
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
DJ Tonka - Feel The Street album art D.J. Tonka* vs. Deskee D.J. Tonka* vs. Deskee - Feel The Street Force Inc. US US 1996 Sell This Version
FIM US 18 DJ Tonka - Happiness album art D.J. Tonka* D.J. Tonka* - Happiness(12") Force Inc. US FIM US 18 US 1996 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley's Unreleased Spacecube Tracks album art Spacecube* Spacecube* - DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley's Unreleased Spacecube Tracks Uplifting Records Germany 1996 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - The Dancer album art Moodymann The Dancer (DJ Tonka Remix) and 1 more… Moodymann - The Dancer (Maxi) After Midnight, After Midnight Netherlands 1996 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
12AD 009 DJ Tonka - Good Time album art The Hipgrinders Good Time (DJ Tonka's Sick In 'Da Style Mix) The Hipgrinders - Good Time(12") Additive 12AD 009 UK 1996 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Old Skool / Use Ya Ears album art D.J. Tonka* D.J. Tonka* - Old Skool / Use Ya Ears (Maxi) Force Inc. US US 1996 Sell This Version
TRIP 025 DJ Tonka - Feel Phun-Ky EP album art DJ Tonka DJ Tonka - Feel Phun-Ky EP(12", EP) Outland Records TRIP 025 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
RBR 001-2 DJ Tonka - House Warming Vol. One album art Various She Knows You Various - House Warming Vol. One(CD, Comp) Reality Bites Records RBR 001-2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - The Night / Security album art D.J. Tonka* D.J. Tonka* - The Night / Security (Maxi, Single) Uplifting Records Germany 1997 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Trapped '97 album art Colonel Abrams Trapped '97 (DJ Tonka Rmx) Colonel Abrams - Trapped '97 (Maxi) Club Culture, WEA Germany 1997 Sell This Version
VTDCD172, VTDCD 172, 243 8 45051 2 7, 7243 8 45051 2 7 DJ Tonka - Big Mix 97 - 2 album art Various Just Come Back To Me (DJ Thonka's Extended Mix) (as DJ Thonka) Various - Big Mix 97 - 2(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Virgin, EMI, Warner.ESP, Box Music (3) VTDCD172, VTDCD 172, 243 8 45051 2 7, 7243 8 45051 2 7 UK 1997 Sell This Version
IG0032 DJ Tonka - [After Hour] - The Dorian Gray Compilation album art Various Radical Noise Various - [After Hour] - The Dorian Gray Compilation(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) interGROOVE IG0032 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
T-65 DJ Tonka - Groove-A-Delic  Vol. 1 album art Various The Dancer (DJ Tonka Remix) Various - Groove-A-Delic Vol. 1(2xCD, Comp) Sub Terranean T-65 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
UCA CD 013-2 DJ Tonka - Housefloor - Volume 6 album art Various The Night Various - Housefloor - Volume 6(2xCD, Comp) UCA Records UCA CD 013-2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
HWCD81832 DJ Tonka - House Works III - House Trends album art Various Security Various - House Works III - House Trends(CD, Comp) bkb Special Products HWCD81832 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
DMDTTTCD001 DJ Tonka - Dizcotheque - Houseparty '97 album art Various Old School (Fletch Remix) Various - Dizcotheque - Houseparty '97(2xCD, Comp) Twenty Third Tribe DMDTTTCD001 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
9362 44566-0 DJ Tonka - Love Shack album art The B-52's vs. DJ Tonka Love Shack (DJ Tonka Remix) The B-52's vs. DJ Tonka - Love Shack(12") Reprise Records 9362 44566-0 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
SPV 050-16485 DJ Tonka - Live It Up album art K-Klass Live It Up (DJ Tonka Mix) K-Klass - Live It Up(12") 100% Over(b)right SPV 050-16485 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Put Your Hands Up album art The Black And White Brothers* Put Your Hands Up (DJ Tonka Full Version) The Black And White Brothers* - Put Your Hands Up (Single, Maxi) D:vision Records Italy 1998 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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