DJ Thonka

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 - 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 House Party '95 Vol.3 (The Cosmic Clubmixx) Arcade Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Get Down With Underground album art Various Feel Get Down With Underground (Comp) Bianco & Nero Italy 1995 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Celtic Cross (Remixes) album art Ian Pooley Celtic Cross (DJ. Tonka Mix) (as DJ. Tonka) Celtic Cross (Remixes) Force Inc. Music Works Germany 1995 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Feel album art D.J. Tonka* Feel (Single, Maxi) Force Inc. US US 1995 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Phun-Ky album art DJ Tonka Phun-Ky Force Inc. US US 1995 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Flashback album art D.J. Tonka* Flashback (EP) Force Inc. US US 1995 Sell This Version
9902286 DJ Tonka - A Funky House Trip album art Robert De La... Gauthier Flashback (Roy's Creators Of Deepness Mix) (as D.J. Tonka) 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 Brave New World Compilation III(2xCD, Comp) DMD DMD-CD3 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
9902286 DJ Tonka - A Funky House Trip album art Robert De La... Gauthier Flashback (Roy's Creators Of Deepness Mix) (as D.J. Tonka) 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 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 Brave New World Compilation IV - The Leading Underground Techno'n'House Compilation(2xCD, Comp) DMD DMD-CD4 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
CD/REF 01 DJ Tonka - Reform  Selection album art Various Feel Reform Selection(CD, Comp, Mixed) Reform CD/REF 01 Italy 1995 Sell This Version
RAM 0296 DJ Tonka - Ramdam - Sniper - Objectifs 96/97 - Sampler Promo album art Various Old Skool Ramdam - Sniper - Objectifs 96/97 - Sampler Promo(CD, Comp, Promo) Ramdam Factory, Sniper Records (3) RAM 0296 France 1995 Sell This Version
535 158-2, CRCD 04 DJ Tonka - Definition Of House Volume Four album art Daniel Klein Feel Definition Of House Volume Four(CD, Comp, Mixed) Metronome, Container Records (3) 535 158-2, CRCD 04 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 Brave New World Compilation IV - The Leading Underground Techno'n'House Compilation(2xCD, Comp) DMD DMD-CD4 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
33 213-423 DJ Tonka - Love Machine (House Mix) album art Sabine Christ She Knows You Love Machine (House Mix)(CD, Mixed) Dogondke Media 33 213-423 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
9902286 DJ Tonka - A Funky House Trip album art Robert De La... Gauthier Flashback (Roy's Creators Of Deepness Mix) (as D.J. Tonka) A Funky House Trip(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Dig) Arcade 9902286 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 Brave New World Compilation IV - The Leading Underground Techno'n'House Compilation(2xCD, Comp) DMD DMD-CD4 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
74321317402 DJ Tonka - Maumau Alive album art Various Flashback and 1 more… Maumau Alive(CD, Comp) Fieldzz 74321317402 Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
MCD 33850 DJ Tonka - The House Of House No 2 album art Various Feel The House Of House No 2(CD, Comp + CD, Comp, Mixed) MCA Music Entertainment GmbH MCD 33850 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
DMD-CD3 DJ Tonka - Brave New World Compilation III album art Various Flashback Brave New World Compilation III(2xCD, Comp) DMD DMD-CD3 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - I Belong To You album art Gina G I Belong To You (DJ Tonka's Expect The Unexpected Mix) I Belong To You Eternal UK 1996 Sell This Version
10001 DJ Tonka - Strictly Club '96 album art Various Feel Strictly Club '96(2xCD, Comp) MECADO 10001 Netherlands 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) Maximax Vol. 3(2xCD, Comp, Ltd) Max Music NM1454CD Spain 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 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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