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 - 84 album art Tonka* 84 (Album) Vivienne Ukraine 2004 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DJ Tonka - Heartjumpa album art Tonka* Pres. Chip Tunes Tonka* Pres. Chip Tunes - Heartjumpa (Maxi, Single) Deep Culture Italy 2001 Sell This Version
none DJ Tonka - Heartjumpa / Reflect / Fallin / Pa$$ion 2001 album art Tonka* Presents Chip Tunes Tonka* Presents Chip Tunes - Heartjumpa / Reflect / Fallin / Pa$$ion 2001(2x12", Ltd) Chip Tunes none Germany 2001 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Keep Klimbing album art Tonka* Keep Klimbing Vivienne Germany 2002 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Never! / J.O.E. (Jungle Of Emotion) album art Tonka* Never! / J.O.E. (Jungle Of Emotion) Vivienne Germany 2001 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Get Back album art Tonka* Feat. Lara McAllen Tonka* Feat. Lara McAllen - Get Back (Maxi) Deep Culture, Vivienne Germany 2003 Sell This Version
MX 1504 (N) Tonka* Get Back(12") Blanco Y Negro (2) MX 1504 (N) Spain 2004 Sell This Version
VIV - 007 DJ Tonka - 84 (My Beginning) album art Tonka* 84 (My Beginning)(12") Vivienne VIV - 007 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
DI 004 DJ Tonka - All Over Again album art Adjuster vs. Tonka* Adjuster vs. Tonka* - All Over Again(12") Disco Inc. DI 004 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Drop Box E.P. album art Tonka* Drop Box E.P. (EP) Alphabet City Germany 2008 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Ready For War E.P. album art Tonka* Ready For War E.P. (EP) Southern Fried Records UK 2009 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 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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