DJ. Tonka

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.

DJ Tonka Discography Tracks


YoYo 02960102 DJ Tonka - House Marke Compilation - Tekkno House Trends 96 album art Various Feel (as Dj. Tonka) Various - House Marke Compilation - Tekkno House Trends 96(2xCD, Comp) Yoyo Records YoYo 02960102 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
FIM-1-020 DJ Tonka - Disco Subversion album art Various Feel The Street (Disco Mix) (as DJ. Tonka) and 7 more… Various - Disco Subversion(2xCD, Comp) Force Inc. Music Works FIM-1-020 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
7243 4 957332 2 4 DJ Tonka - VIVA Fantastic Dance 2000 V.9 album art Various Don't Be Afraid (as DJ. Tonka) Various - VIVA Fantastic Dance 2000 V.9(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Flower Records (7), EMI Electrola GmbH (2) 7243 4 957332 2 4 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
1126 DJ Tonka - Dance Explosion 2000/5 album art Various Don't Be Afraid (Video-Version) (as Dj. Tonka) Various - Dance Explosion 2000/5(Cass, Comp) Gold Lion 1126 Ukraine 2000 Sell This Version
none Various Don't Be Afraid (To Let Yourself Go) (as DJ. Tonka) Various - House Zone - Ko LLL Ба ZZZ(Cass, Comp, P/Mixed) Atom Records (4) none Russia 2000 Sell This Version

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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 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.


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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