DJ Tonka

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DJ Tonka
Birth name Thomas-René Gerlach
Also known as DJ Tonka
Tonka
Thomastic
Chip Tunes
Born (1973-06-24) June 24, 1973 (age 41)
Germany Mainz, Rhineland-Pfalz, West Germany
Genres House, garage house
Occupation(s) Disc jockey
Record producer
Years active 1991–present
Labels Force Inc. Music Works
Uplifting Records
Vivienne Records
Associated acts Thomastic
T'N'I
Space Cube
Outrage
Website http://www.djtonka.com

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

Career[edit]

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.

Discography[edit]

DJ Tonka Singles & EPs[edit]

  • 1995 Flashback (Force Inc. US)
  • 1995 Flashback, Remixes (Outland Rec./NL)
  • 1995 Got To Get Up (Force Inc. 100)
  • 1995 Feel (Force Inc. US,Disco Magic/Italy,Airplay Rec./France)
  • 1995 Feel, Remixes (Force Inc. US)
  • 1995 Phun-ky (Force Inc. US,Skint/UK,Dance Net/Australia)
  • 1996 Feel Phun-ky EP (Outland Rec./NL)
  • 1996 Old Skool (F.Inc.US,Dance Net/Aus,Happy One/Danm,Pen Pot/Italy)
  • 1996 Feel The Street vs Deskee (Force Inc. US)
  • 1996 Feel The Street vs. Deskee, Remixes (Outland Rec./NL)
  • 1996 Radical Noise, Remixes (Outland Rec./NL)
  • 1996 Happiness (Force Inc. US)
  • 1997 Old Skool - Joey Negro Rmx (Club Masters/UK)
  • 1997 Old Skool - Fletch Remix (Happy One/Danm)
  • 1997 The Night, Security (Upl,Warn/Ger,Ginger Music/Spain,Hitland/Italy,Airplane/France)
  • 1998 She Knows You (Uplifting Rec./Warner)
  • 1998 She Knows You, Birthday Edition (Uplifting Rec.)
  • 2000 Don´t Be Afraid (Vivienne Rec., Warner/Ger., BlancoYNegro/Spain)
  • 2000 Don´t Be Afraid, Nerio´s Dubwork Remix (Promo Only/Warner)
  • 2002 J.O.E, Never! (Vivienne Rec.)
  • 2002 Keep Klimbing (Vivienne Rec.)
  • 2004 84 (Vivienne Rec. Warner)
  • 2004 Get Back, PT1 (Vivienne Rec. Warner, BlancoYNegro/Spain)
  • 2004 Get Back, PT2 (Vivienne Rec. Warner, BlancoYNegro/Spain)
  • 2004 84 (Vivienne Rec.)
  • 2008 Orca, Freeze (Munich Disco Tech Vol.1, Great Stuff Germany)
  • 2008 Orca, Ian Pooley Rmx (Munich Disco Tech Vol.2, Great Stuff/Germany)
  • 2008 Drop Box EP (Alphabet City/Germany)
  • 2009 Ready For War EP (Southern Fried Records/UK)
  • 2011 Aliens & Earthlings (WePLAY/Germany)
  • 2012 Atlantis (WePLAY/Germany)
  • 2012 Atlantis Remixes (WePLAY/Germany)
TONKA presents CHIP TUNES
  • 2001 Heartjumpa, Reflect, Fallin`, Passion (Chip Tunes,Warner/Germany)

Studio albums[edit]

  • 1998: Peaktime (In One Go) (Warner/Germany)
  • 2004: 84 (Uplifting Rec. Warner/Germany)

Mix-CDs[edit]

  • 1998: The House Of Disco (Vision Sound Carriers/Germany)
  • 2000: Essential Streetparades / Proved (Warner Music/Germany)

DJ Tonka Remixes[edit]

  • 1995 Ian Pooley - Celtic Cross Remixes (Force Inc.)
  • 1996 Celvin Rotane - You´ve Got To Be You (Alphabet City/Edel)
  • 1996 The Moodyman - The Dancer (After Midnight Rec.,UCA Records/NL)
  • 1996 Smokin´Beats - Disco Dancin´ (Music Man,Legato Rec.,News/Belgium)
  • 1996 Full Intention - America (Logic/Germany,Sugar Daddy,Stress Rec/UK)
  • 1996 The Hipgrinders - Good Times (Positiva,Additive/UK)
  • 1996 Gina G - I Belong To You (Eternal,Warner/UK)
  • 1997 Colonel Abrahams - Trapped (Up Beat,Warner/Germany,Mantra/Italy,Ginger/Spain)
  • 1997 Jimmy Somerville - Safe (Heaven Rec./Germany,Ginger/Spain)
  • 1997 Bootsy Collins - "I'm Leavin' U (Gotta Go, Gotta Go)" (feat. MC Lyte) (Warner/Germany,Mercury/US)
  • 1997 Dave Angel - Funk Music (Island/UK)
  • 1998 The Funkjunkeez aka Roger Sanchez - Got Funk? (Strictly/US, Motor/Germany)
  • 1998 Louise - All That Matters (EMI/UK)
  • 1998 Urban Soul - Love Is So Nice (VC,Virgin/UK)
  • 1998 Black & White Brothers - Put Your Hands Up (Edel/Germany,Happy Music/France)
  • 1998 DJ Tonka vs The B52's - Love Shack (Warner/Germany,Reprise/US)
  • 1998 K-Klass - Live It Up (EMI/UK, Dance Factory/Italy)
  • 1999 Salt-N-Pepa - "Push It" (Motor/Germany)
  • 1999 Tony Esposito - Kalimba De Luna (Warner/Germany)
  • 2000 Dominica - Gotta Let You Go (Fuel, East West, Warner/Germany,Outland Music/NL)
  • 2000 Bump aka Steve Travell & MA - I'm Rushing (Fuel,East West,Warn/Germany)
  • 2001 Cleptomaniacs aka Brian Tappert & John Julius Knight – All I Do (Edel/Germany)
  • 2002 Robin S. - Show Me Love (Stereoph,BMG/Ger., Champion/UK)
  • 2002 Robin S. - Luv 4 Luv (Stereophonic, BMG,Champion/UK)
  • 2002 Alizée - "L'Alizé (Tonka's Sunny Season Mix)" (Universal/Germany & France)
  • 2002 Sharam Jey pres the Punisher - Straight Up! (King Kong Rec,Warner/Germany)
  • 2004 Ian Pooley ft Jade & Dantelle - Heaven (Pooled Music,MOS/Germany)
  • 2004 Erick Morillo ft. Leslie Carter - Waiting In The Darkness (Subliminal/US)
  • 2005 Tonka vs The Adjuster - All over Again (Disco Inc.,Force Inc./Germany)
  • 2005 Room 5 aka Junior Jack - Make Love 2005 (EMI/Germany)
  • 2006 Ian Pooley & Tonka - Celtic Cross 2006 (Pooled Music/Germany)
  • 2006 Erick Morillo ft P.Diddy - Dance I Said (Subliminal/US)
  • 2008 MDX & Namito - Hot & Spicy (Long Distance Rec./Australia)
  • 2009 Gus Gus - Lust (Great Stuff/Germany)
  • 2009 Ian Pooley vs Zoo Brazil - Reader (Pooled Music/Germany)
  • 2009 Coburn - We Re-Interrupt This Programme (Tasted,Great Stuff/Germany)
  • 2009 Aquasky - You Know We Do It Big Girl (Passenger/UK)
  • 2009 AudioFun - Dirty Gold (Freek Records/UK)
  • 2010 Ellie Goulding - "Guns and Horses" (Polydor/UK)
  • 2010 Housse de Racket - Oh Yeah! (M20 Solution,Kuskus/France)
  • 2010 Simon Rose - Stachus (Bobble Music/Germany)
  • 2010 Mercedes - Shock Absorber (Eye Industries/UK)
  • 2010 Aggro Santos - Saint Or Sinner (Mercury Records,Future Rec./UK)
  • 2010 The Wanted - Heart Vacancy (Geffen Records/UK)
  • 2011 Natalia Kills - "Mirrors" (Interscope Rec./USA)
  • 2011 Dabruck & Klein ft Ollie James- I Found Love (WePLAY/Germany)
  • 2011 Arty - Around The World (WePLAY/Germany, Anjunabeats/UK)
  • 2012 The Disco Boys - Around The World (WePLAY/Germany)
  • 2012 Medina - Forever (EMI/ Germany)
  • 2012 Laserkraft 3D - Urlaub (WePLAY/Germany)

Other Projects[edit]

THOMASTIC (Productions & Remixes)
  • 1993 Eurostyle Tunes Vol.1 (Intense Rec./Germany)
  • 1993 I Want to Be Free - Rmx (Intense Rec. BMG Ariola/Germany)
  • 1993 Dream Team EP , Whirlpool Prod. - Dreaming, Remixes (Intense Rec./Germany)
T´N´I (DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley)
  • 1991 Low Mass E.P. (Force Inc./Germany)
  • 1991 Trip Men w. Alec Empire (Force Inc./Germany)
  • 1991 Paris, No More Ugly Germans, Compilation & Single (Sony Music, Germany)
  • 1992 Disco Beam E.P. (Intense Rec. Germany)
  • 1992 Do You Still Care? ft Marie Pullins (Polydor/Germany)
  • 1993 Depart EP (Intense Rec/Germany)
  • 1993 I Want to Be Free (Intense Rec.,BMG Ariola/Germany)
  • 1994 Mad Situation, Be Straight (Force Inc./Germany)
  • 1995 Nothing Can Stop Us (Force Inc.100 Compilation/Germany)
T´N´I Remixes (DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley)
  • 1992 Paris Red - Do Ya (Feel It) (Dance Pool, Sony Music/Germany)
  • 1992 The Bionaut - Everybody is Kissing Everyone (Intense Rec/Germany)
  • 1992 Paradise Project - Deep Green (Sony, Germany)
  • 1993 Dream Team EP w. Whirlpool Prod. - Dreaming (Intense Rec./Germany)
  • 1993 Formosa - Dr. Strangelove (Sony/Germany)
  • 1993 Rainforest - The Birds (Now! Rec./Germany)
  • 1993 House Pimps - Get The Hook (Now! Rec./Germany)
SPACE CUBE (DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley)
  • 1991 Space Cube EP (Force Inc./Germany)
  • 1992 Machine & Motion (Force Inc./Germany)
  • 1992 Pure Tendency - Ritchie Hawtin Rmx (R&S Rec./Belgium)
  • 1992 Kool Killer EP 1 (Force Inc/Germany)
  • 1993 Kool Killer EP 2 (Force Inc./Germany)
  • 1993 Kool Killer EP 3 (Force Inc./Germany)
  • 1993 Kool Killer EP, UK Mixes (Edge Rec/UK)
  • 1993 The Latest Adventures Of Kool Killer (Dragnet/Sony, Germany)
  • 1993 Sassion ft Gordon Matthewman & Force Mass Motion (Edge Rec/UK)
  • 1993 The Unrel. Project EP (Solid Preassure Continental/CH)
  • 1994 Inbound, Outbound (Riot Beats/Germany)
  • 1994 Kommerz Killer (Riot Beats/Germany)
  • 1995 Dschungelfieber, Remixes (Riot Beats/Germany)
  • 1996 DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley's Unrel. Space Cube Tracks (Upflifting Rec./Germany)
SPACE CUBE Remixes (DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley)
  • 1993 Ilsa Gold - Silke (Force Inc./Germany)
  • 1993 N.R.G. - I Need Your Lovin' (Force Inc./Germany,Chill Rec./UK,Pyro Tech/US)
  • 1993 D.A.C. Robinson - Lucky Strike (Rabbit City Records/UK)
  • 1995 Legend B - Lost In Love (Lanka/Germany)
OUTRAGE (DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley)
  • 1991 Emperor, Daylight (Force Inc./Germany)

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