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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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 - 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
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 - 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
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
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
NS COMP 004 CD, NS COMP 004CD DJ Tonka - Mellows Place album art Various Phun-ky Various - Mellows Place(CD, Comp) ID&T, ID&T NS COMP 004 CD, NS COMP 004CD Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
SPV DCD 089-68312 DJ Tonka - Japan Connection album art Various Flashback (DJ Juan Mix) (as DJ Tomka) Various - Japan Connection(2xCD, Comp) Good Vibration SPV DCD 089-68312 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
MAISON 96/01-CD DJ Tonka - La Maison Grande Presents The Second Volume -  A Special Collection Of Classic House Trax album art Various Flashback Various - La Maison Grande Presents The Second Volume - A Special Collection Of Classic House Trax(2xCD, Comp) La Maison Grande MAISON 96/01-CD 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
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
74321 53829 2 DJ Tonka - A Tribute To Lara Croft album art Various Screenbattle (The Beauty And The Beatz) Various - A Tribute To Lara Croft(CD, Comp, Enh + CD, Comp) BMG, Ariola, Eidos Interactive, Core (4), Public Propaganda 74321 53829 2 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 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
ZYX 81126-2 DJ Tonka - Techno Trax Vol. 19 album art Various Security Various - Techno Trax Vol. 19(2xCD, Comp) ZYX Music ZYX 81126-2 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
DJ Tonka - She Knows You / Get On Up album art DJ Tonka DJ Tonka - She Knows You / Get On Up (Single, Maxi) Uplifting Records Germany 1998 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Hit Mix '99 album art Various She Knows You Various - Hit Mix '99 (Comp) ZYX Music Russia 1998 Sell This Version
PRX 01 DJ Tonka - Special For Dee Jays album art Various Security Various - Special For Dee Jays(12", Promo) Hitland PRX 01 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
3984-25977-2 DJ Tonka - Formel Eins - Die Hit-CD album art Various She Knows You (Radio Edit) Various - Formel Eins - Die Hit-CD(2xCD, Comp) Polystar (3), Electrola Media, Warner Special Marketing, Virgin, Montanamedia, Bavaria Sonor 3984-25977-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
3046192 DJ Tonka - Mega Techno album art Various Security Various - Mega Techno(4xCD, Comp) Wagram Music 3046192 France 1999 Sell This Version
7543 DJ Tonka - Techno Sound N°5 album art Various Security Various - Techno Sound N°5(CD, Comp) Universal Music Kiosks 7543 France 1999 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Don't Be Afraid (To Let Yourself Go) album art DJ Tonka DJ Tonka - Don't Be Afraid (To Let Yourself Go) (Maxi) Warner Music (Australia) Australia 2000 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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