DJ Tonka

DJ Tonka

DJ Tonka DJing at Sikamikanico in Oslo, Norway on 8 September 2007
Background information
Birth name Thomas-René Gerlach
Also known as DJ Tonka
Chip Tunes
Born (1973-06-24) June 24, 1973
Mainz, Rhineland-Pfalz, West Germany
Genres Electronica, house
Occupation(s) Disc jockey
Record producer
Years active 1991–present
Labels Force Inc. Music Works
Uplifting Records
Vivienne Records
Associated acts Thomastic
Space Cube

DJ Tonka (born June 24, 1973 in Mainz, West Germany; real name Thomas-René Gerlach), is a German electronic music artist. He is also known as Tonka, Chip Tunes, and Thomastic.


In his early career, Thomas-René Gerlach worked with fellow producer Ian Pooley in the groups Outrage, Space Cube, and T'N'I. Together they produced several records in techno, progressive house and breakbeat. In 1996, the partnership was dissolved (an EP with unreleased tracks was still released in 1997), and coincidentally, both started producing a more mainstream-friendly sound.

As a solo artist, Gerlach took on the name DJ Tonka and began producing house music, with influences from synthpop and the American garage house scene. He achieved some notoriety as a remixer, reworking tunes such as "Trapped" for disco artist Colonel Abrams, "Love Shack" for The B-52's and "Push It" for Salt-N-Pepa.

Tonka cites Grandmaster Flash and Depeche Mode among his influences. He has also founded two record labels: Uplifting Records in 1997 and Vivienne Records in 2000.


DJ Tonka Singles & EPs


Studio albums


DJ Tonka Remixes

Other Projects

THOMASTIC (Productions & Remixes)
T´N´I (DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley)
T´N´I Remixes (DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley)
SPACE CUBE (DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley)
SPACE CUBE Remixes (DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley)
OUTRAGE (DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley)

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