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.


none DJ Tonka - 84 album art Tonka* 84(CD, Album, Mixed, Unofficial) East Records (3) none Russia 2004 Sell This Version


00175 DJ Tonka - Peaktime (In One Go) album art DJ Tonka Peaktime (In One Go)(Cass, Comp, Mixed, Unofficial) Elen Records 00175 Lithuania 1998 Sell This Version
8573-84108-2 DJ Tonka - In The Mix - Essential Streetparades album art DJ Tonka In The Mix - Essential Streetparades(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Unofficial) WSM (2) 8573-84108-2 2000 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

DJ Tonka - Peaktime (In One Go) album art DJ Tonka Peaktime (In One Go) (Comp) Club Culture (3) Russia 1998 Sell This Version


none DJ Tonka - Don't Be Afraid (Steve Brian Bootleg) album art DJ Tonka Don't Be Afraid (Steve Brian Bootleg)(File, MP3, Unofficial, 320) Not On Label (Steve Brian Self-released) none Germany 2017

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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
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.


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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