DJ Tonka

Real Name:
Thomas-René Gerlach
Profile:
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 Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

DJ Tonka - Phun-Ky album art DJ Tonka Phun-Ky Force Inc. US US 1995 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Feel (Remixes) album art DJ Tonka Feel (Remixes) Reform Italy 1995 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Old Skool / Use Ya Ears album art DJ Tonka Old Skool / Use Ya Ears (Maxi) DanceNet Australia & New Zealand 1996 Sell This Version
TRIP 022 DJ Tonka - Flashback album art DJ Tonka Flashback(12") Outland Records TRIP 022 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
DNET064-SPD DJ Tonka - Phun-ky / Feel album art DJ Tonka Phun-ky / Feel(CD, Maxi) Dancenet DNET064-SPD Australia 1996 Sell This Version
940829/MSD DJ Tonka - Force Inc Limited Edition Vinyl album art Subsonic 808 / DJ Tonka Subsonic 808 / DJ Tonka - Force Inc Limited Edition Vinyl(12", Ltd, Promo) Force Inc. US 940829/MSD US 1996 Sell This Version
TRIP 025 DJ Tonka - Feel Phun-Ky EP album art DJ Tonka Feel Phun-Ky EP(12", EP) Outland Records TRIP 025 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
TRIP 029 DJ Tonka - Radical Noise album art DJ Tonka Radical Noise(12") Outland Records TRIP 029 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Funk Music album art Dave Angel vs. DJ Tonka Dave Angel vs. DJ Tonka - Funk Music (Single) Not On Label 1997 Sell This Version
TRIP 033 DJ Tonka - Feel The Street album art DJ Tonka vs. Deskee DJ Tonka vs. Deskee - Feel The Street(12") Outland Records TRIP 033 UK 1997 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Security / The Night album art DJ Tonka Security / The Night (Maxi, EP, Single) Tribute (14) Spain 1997 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - She Knows You / Get On Up album art DJ Tonka She Knows You / Get On Up (Single, Maxi) Club Culture Germany 1998 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Love Shack album art The B-52's vs. DJ Tonka The B-52's vs. DJ Tonka - Love Shack (Maxi, Single) Reprise Records Germany 1998 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Don't Be Afraid album art DJ Tonka Don't Be Afraid (Maxi) Vivienne Germany 2000 Sell This Version
Tonka1 DJ Tonka - Get Back album art DJ Tonka Get Back(12") Not On Label Tonka1 UK 2004 Sell This Version
4032989663927 DJ Tonka - Aliens & Earthlings album art DJ Tonka Aliens & Earthlings(6xFile, MP3, EP) We Play 4032989663927 Germany 2011
DJ Tonka - Atlantis album art DJ Tonka Atlantis (EP) We Play Germany 2012
DJ Tonka - 4U album art DJ Tonka, Calippo DJ Tonka, Calippo - 4U (Single) Enormous Tunes Switzerland 2015
PETSEDITS 02 DJ Tonka - Security (Cat 'N Dogz 2016 Edit) album art DJ Tonka Security (Cat 'N Dogz 2016 Edit)(12") Petsedits, Pets Recordings PETSEDITS 02 Germany 2016 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

302 4083-2 DJ Tonka - The House Of Disco album art DJ Tonka The House Of Disco(CD, Comp + CD, Comp, Mixed) Vision Soundcarriers 302 4083-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
9548 37118-2 DJ Tonka - Peaktime (In One Go) album art DJ Tonka Peaktime (In One Go)(CD, Comp, Mixed) Club Culture 9548 37118-2 Germany 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) WSM 8573-84108-2 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
8573-84998-2, 8573 84998 2 DJ Tonka - Proved album art DJ Tonka Proved(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Warner Special Marketing GmbH, Warner Special Marketing GmbH 8573-84998-2, 8573 84998 2 Germany 2000 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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