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.

Singles & EPs

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
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
TT 05 DJ Tonka - Chill Tip album art DJ Tonka Chill Tip(2xFile, FLAC, Single) Tonka Tunes TT 05 Germany 2015
MJUZIEEK 190 DJ Tonka - Show Me The Way (Original & Dub Mixes) album art DJ Tonka Show Me The Way (Original & Dub Mixes)(3xFile, FLAC, Single) Mjuzieek Digital MJUZIEEK 190 Austria 2015

DJ Mixes

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
302 4083-2 DJ Tonka - The House Of Disco album art DJ Tonka The House Of Disco(CD, Comp, RE + CD, Comp, Mixed, RE) Vision Soundcarriers 302 4083-2 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


TT 004 DJ Tonka - Feel album art DJ Tonka Feel(File, AIFF, RM) Tonka Tunes TT 004 Germany 2014

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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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