Real Name:
Thomas-René Gerlach
Profile:
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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Albums

DJ Tonka - Creative House album art Graham GoldRamp Use Your Ears and 1 more… Graham GoldRamp - Creative House Club Masters UK 1995 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - House Party '95 Vol.3 (The Cosmic Clubmixx) album art Various Flashback Various - House Party '95 Vol.3 (The Cosmic Clubmixx) Arcade Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - House Party 5 album art DJ Vilém Phun-Ky DJ Vilém - House Party 5 (Comp) Nextera Czech Republic 1997 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Todo Exitos album art Various Security Various - Todo Exitos (Comp) Vale Music Spain 1998 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Progressive Attack 9 album art Various Security (Club Mix) Various - Progressive Attack 9 Edel Records Russia 1998 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - House Power Piercing album art Various Security Various - House Power Piercing (Comp) Dance Net, BMG España Spain 1998 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Energy 98 - The Compilation album art DJ Tin Get On Up (Original Disco Dub) DJ Tin - Energy 98 - The Compilation (Comp) Energetic Records, Warner Switzerland 1998 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - On The Floor At The Boutique album art Fatboy Slim Phun-Ky Fatboy Slim - On The Floor At The Boutique (Comp) Skint, Skint US 1998 Sell This Version
MI 0228 DJ Tonka - The Mix - 228 album art Various Phun-Key Various - The Mix - 228(CD, Transcription) BBC Radio International, BBC Worldwide MI 0228 UK 1998 Sell This Version
MIDCM 01 DJ Tonka - Club Masters album art Various Old Skool (Joey Negro Mix) Various - Club Masters(CD, Smplr) Club Masters MIDCM 01 UK 1998 Sell This Version
DAD 499840 2 DJ Tonka - Cafe Mambo The Real Sound Of Ibiza album art Various Don't Be Afraid (Straight Disco Edit) Various - Cafe Mambo The Real Sound Of Ibiza(2xCD, Mixed) Dance Division DAD 499840 2 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Studio 33 - The 35th Story album art Various Don't Be Afraid Various - Studio 33 - The 35th Story Studio 33 Records (2) Russia 2000 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Latino Summer Mix album art Various Security (Radio Mix) Various - Latino Summer Mix Polystar (3) Russia 2000 Sell This Version
MXCD 1062 (CD) CTV DJ Tonka - Ibiza Mix 2000 album art Various Don't Be Afraid To Let Yourself Go Various - Ibiza Mix 2000(4xCD, Comp, Mixed, P/Mixed) Blanco Y Negro (2) MXCD 1062 (CD) CTV Spain 2000 Sell This Version
WMDK033 DJ Tonka - Ideal DJ Convention Summer 2000 album art Various Don't Be Afraid (Straight Disco Mix) Various - Ideal DJ Convention Summer 2000(CD, Promo) Warner Music Denmark WMDK033 Denmark 2000 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Balance 022 album art Funk D'Void Orca (Dub) (as Tonka) Funk D'Void - Balance 022 Balance Music (3) Australia 2012 Sell This Version
1427 - 2 DJ Tonka - Step Power Mix 20 This Beat's Jumpin' album art Various Old Skool Various - Step Power Mix 20 This Beat's Jumpin'(CD, Album) Power Music 1427 - 2 Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PRX 02 DJ Tonka - Special For Dee Jays album art Various She Knows You (Club Mix) Various - Special For Dee Jays(12") Hitland PRX 02 Italy 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
FLOOR 1 DJ Tonka - On The Floor At The Boutique Mixed By Fatboy Slim  album art Various Phun-ky Various - On The Floor At The Boutique Mixed By Fatboy Slim (12", Promo, Smplr, W/Lbl) Skint FLOOR 1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
cc003 Various Flashback Various - Classic House Mastercuts Vol. 3(12", Unofficial) Not On Label cc003 2004 Sell This Version
HM003 DJ Tonka - Classic House Mastercuts Vol. 3 album art Various Flashback Various - Classic House Mastercuts Vol. 3(12") House Mastercuts HM003 UK 2004 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Munich Disco Tech Volume 2 album art Various Orca (Ian Pooley's Orca Mallorca Remix) (as Tonka) Various - Munich Disco Tech Volume 2 Great Stuff Recordings Germany 2008 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Munich Disco Tech Volume 1 album art Various Freeze (as Tonka) and 1 more… Various - Munich Disco Tech Volume 1 Great Stuff Recordings Germany 2008 Sell This Version
KAF023 DJ Tonka - Remixed With Love E.P. album art Tom Chubb Show Me The Way (Tom Chubb Remix) Tom Chubb - Remixed With Love E.P.(3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Klein Aber Fein Records KAF023 Germany 2018

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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 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.
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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Mr.Fonk

Mr.Fonk

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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