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 - Celtic Cross album art Ian Pooley Celtic Cross (DJ. Tonka Mix) (as DJ. Tonka) Ian Pooley - Celtic Cross Force Inc. Music Works Germany 1995 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 - Spiritual Tracks Vol 6 album art Various The Dancer (DJ Tonka Remix) Various - Spiritual Tracks Vol 6 (Comp) Outland Records Germany 1996 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - The Single Collection album art Celvin Rotane You've Got To Be You (DJ Tonka's Eurostyle Club Mix) Celvin Rotane - The Single Collection (Comp) Club Tools Germany 1996 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - I Belong To You album art Gina G I Belong To You (DJ Tonka's Expect The Unexpected Mix) Gina G - I Belong To You Eternal UK 1996 Sell This Version
NM1454CD DJ Tonka - Maximax Vol. 3 album art Various You've Got To Be You (DJ Tonka's Eurostyle Club Mix) Various - Maximax Vol. 3(2xCD, Comp, Ltd) Max Music NM1454CD Spain 1996 Sell This Version
74321 394712 DJ Tonka - Dance Train '96 Vol. 3 (Club Edition) album art Various You've Got To Be You (DJ Tonka Eurostyle Remix) Various - Dance Train '96 Vol. 3 (Club Edition)(2xCD, Comp) EVA 74321 394712 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - You've Got To Be You album art Celvin Rotane You've Got To Be You (DJ Tonka's Eurostyle Club Mix) and 1 more… Celvin Rotane - You've Got To Be You (Maxi) Club Tools Germany 1996 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - America (I Love America) '97 album art Full Intention America (I Love America) (DJ Tonka's Late Check Out) Full Intention - America (I Love America) '97 (Single) Stress Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
Moodymann The Dancer (DJ Tonka Remix) Moodymann - The Dancer (Maxi) After Midnight Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8 54453 2 DJ Tonka - Dance Train '96 Vol. 4 (Club Edition) album art Various Disco Dancin (DJ Tonka Remix) Various - Dance Train '96 Vol. 4 (Club Edition)(2xCD, Comp) EVA 7243 8 54453 2 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
9196303 DJ Tonka - Houselese Vol. 1 album art Various The Dancer (DJ Tonka Rmx) Various - Houselese Vol. 1(2xCD, Comp) YoYo Records 9196303 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
8800602 DJ Tonka - Chart Power '97 album art Various The Dancer (DJ Tonka Radio Edit) Various - Chart Power '97(CD, Comp) Arcade 8800602 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
8800591 DJ Tonka - Skating All Areas: Wounded Knee album art Various The Dancer (DJ Tonka Mix) Various - Skating All Areas: Wounded Knee(2xCD, Comp) Arcade 8800591 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1996 Sell This Version
006267-2 CLU DJ Tonka - Clubtools DJ Promo - Not For Sale album art Various You've Got To Be You (DJ Tonka's Eurostyle Club Mix) Various - Clubtools DJ Promo - Not For Sale(CD, Comp, Promo) Club Tools 006267-2 CLU Germany 1996 Sell This Version
VMP0511962 DJ Tonka - Klub Spotting album art Various America (I Love America) (DJ Tonka Remix) Various - Klub Spotting(CD, Comp) Vmp VMP0511962 Singapore 1996 Sell This Version
CDSD-011196 DJ Tonka - MDM - House album art Various The Dancer (DJ Tonka Remix) Various - MDM - House(CD, Comp) Energy StarR Records CDSD-011196 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
LGT 5013 DJ Tonka - Disco Dancin album art Smokin Beats Disco Dancin (DJ Tonka Remix) Smokin Beats - Disco Dancin(12") Legato Records LGT 5013 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
FM 412 DJ Tonka - Jeronimo Groovy Party Mix album art Various You've Got To Be You (Dj Tonka's Eurostyle Remix) Various - Jeronimo Groovy Party Mix(CD, Comp, Mixed) FM Records FM 412 Greece 1996 Sell This Version
STR PRO 1 CD DJ Tonka - Stress Records Autumn '96 Sampler album art Various America (DJ Tonka Remix) Various - Stress Records Autumn '96 Sampler(CD, Promo, Smplr) Stress Records STR PRO 1 CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
PDR 6013/2 DJ Tonka - Different Dance Vol. 2 (The Summer Haze) album art Various You've Got To Be You (DJ Tonka Mix) Various - Different Dance Vol. 2 (The Summer Haze)(CD, Comp) Paradiso PDR 6013/2 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
74321 437162 DJ Tonka - Dance Update album art Various The Dancer (DJ Tonka Remix) Various - Dance Update(2xCD, Comp) EVA 74321 437162 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
01.10340 DJ Tonka - Mellows Place album art Various The Dancer (DJ Tonka Remix) Various - Mellows Place(CD, Comp) Arcade 01.10340 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
812.287.000.001.0 DJ Tonka - Alphabet City POP KOMM. 1996 album art Various You've Got To Be You (DJ Tonka's Eurostyle Mix) Various - Alphabet City POP KOMM. 1996(CD, Comp, Promo) Alphabet City 812.287.000.001.0 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
FRIE 003-2 DJ Tonka - Progressive City 1 album art Various Dirty Dancin (DJ Tonka Remix) Various - Progressive City 1(CD, Comp, Mixed) Friends FRIE 003-2 Germany 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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