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.
7086 DJ Tonka - Muvi - Music-Show On Video 10/98 album art Various She Knows You Various - Muvi - Music-Show On Video 10/98(VHS, Promo, PAL) MUVI 7086 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
none DJ Tonka - Muvi - Music & Entertainment On DVD Juli 2000 album art Various Don't Be Afraid Various - Muvi - Music & Entertainment On DVD Juli 2000(DVD, Comp, Promo, PAL) MUVI none Germany 2000 Sell This Version
500.2001.8 DJ Tonka - Alphabet City: DVD Dance Clips Vol.1 album art Various Get Back (as Tonka) Various - Alphabet City: DVD Dance Clips Vol.1(DVD-V, Comp, PAL) Alphabet City 500.2001.8 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
184 01/02 DJ Tonka - Ministry Of Sound - The Annual 2005 Limited Edition / Alphabet City - DVD Dance Clips Vol.1 album art Various Get Back (as Tonka) Various - Ministry Of Sound - The Annual 2005 Limited Edition / Alphabet City - DVD Dance Clips Vol.1(DVD-V, D/Sided, Comp, Unofficial, PAL, All) Not On Label 184 01/02 Russia 2004 Sell This Version
JC-12829 DJ Tonka - Видеография (The Best) album art Moby & Paul Oakenfold Get Back (as Tonka) Moby & Paul Oakenfold - Видеография (The Best)(DVD-V, Comp, Unofficial, PAL) VAL Video JC-12829 Russia 2010 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
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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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