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DJ TONKA

"Put Your Hands Up In The Air - Put Your Hands Up In The Air" is just one of the many battle cries that defines the DJ TONKA brand. Growing up in a family of artists & Jazz musicians and being strongly influenced by the New Wave sound that dominated the 80s, it was the German Thomas-René Gerlach who threw the first internationally recognized House plates on the market. With the release of “Feel“, "Flashback“ and "Phun-ky" on the U.S. label Force Inc. he created a new genre along the way: the cut-up disco, from which later the offshoot French House developed.

"You're A Legend" were Axwell's words, when the two met for the first time - where else, but in a DJ booth. Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim expressed this at a common set in Brighton by a spontaneous genuflection. It was Daft Punk who were inspired by DJ TONKA's distinctive melodies influencing their hit "Around The World". They even paid homage to him by name dropping in the track "Teachers" from their debut album "Homework".

Each of DJ Tonka’s publications is a timeless piece of House music. His remixes for Salt 'N' Pepa, Bootsy Collins, The B52's, Dominica or Robin S. became the major label’s radio versions and were even used in video clips for tracks broadcasted on MTV and VIVA in heavy rotation. With his musical all purpose weapons Disco and Piano House - mixed with a bit of Nu & Italo Disco, 80's Funk, and a pinch of Tech & Electro House - he makes sure every party is equally exciting and memorable. Always equipped with the latest promos and his own unreleased re-edits, there are not many DJ’s who can keep up with TONKA.

After Uplifting and Vivienne Records, where once the house chart-breakers "She Knows You" and „Don’t Be Afraid (To Let Yourself Go)" were released, it is time for DJ TONKA to launch his latest imprint TONKA TUNES. Here he will finally bring out his long time treasured back catalogue digitally remastered and brand new material from fellow artists and the label head itself. His recent musical highlights are the remixes for Medina "Forever", Ellie Goulding "Guns & Horses", Laserkraft 3D "Vacation", Arty “Around The World” and The Disco Boys "Around The World" which deliver a pure DJ TONKA trademark sound - energetic and upbeat, danceable and catchy, but at the same time fresh and timeless.

Night by night, Thomas creates in his DJ sets an extremely recognizable mix that consists of numerous musical facets. It is about time that Deep House gives way to the real champion of the dance floor: the Uplifting House. . . and in regards to DJ TONKA: “The Master”!

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  • A Comment on Yell-O-Phase's
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    Yell-O-Phase - Space Cube at 3.02
    on July 25, 2014 16:44

    Indeed very SPACE CUBE-ish ; ) Nice!!

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    Pirate Jams: Music To... Throw Your Hands Up To at 12.34
    on July 23, 2014 00:33

    Thanks for supporting "We Don't Play!" ..The Jams EP Vol.1 is already in my box ; )

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    Jens Witzig - White Tiger Remix at 1.03
    on May 05, 2014 22:49

    Viel Erfolg! : )

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    MARIO SOUND OF MY LIFE 9 (16 04 2014) at 12.07
    on April 18, 2014 16:40

    Cooler DJ Mix - Cooler Track ; )

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    Blaze Ft Barbara Tucker - Most Precious Love (S... at 1.14
    on April 18, 2014 12:56

    Cool update of this classic tune!

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    Giant Wheel - Retrash (Strictly Rhythm 1995) at 5.35
    on December 05, 2013 08:33

    Played this "to death"...still a great tune! btw: Brothers Johnson "The Real Thing" ; )

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    AM2PM 'So Bad' Dj Tonka Remix - World Premiere at 0.36
    on November 21, 2013 09:42
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    So Bad (DJ Tonka Remix) Teaser at 0.06
    on November 05, 2013 01:43
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    TheDjJade - Tonka Special Live on HMRS 05.Octob... at 57.14
    on October 08, 2013 16:36

    ..I used to spin that tune but it's not my production. It is been released on Subliminal and I guess Morillo and co. did it ; )

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    TheDjJade - Tonka Special Live on HMRS 05.Octob... at 0.06
    on October 08, 2013 16:33
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    TheDjJade - Tonka Special Live on HMRS 05.Octob... at 49.26
    on October 08, 2013 16:33
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    TheDjJade - Tonka Special Live on HMRS 05.Octob... at 40.35
    on October 08, 2013 16:32

    @PFF: Thank you : )

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    TheDjJade - Tonka Special Live on HMRS 05.Octob... at 23.30
    on October 08, 2013 16:32

    Thanks for your support! : )

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    FREE DOWNLOAD - O&A - Shake It (Pool Pump Fix) ... at 1.19
    on September 30, 2013 19:11

    A WINNER!! ..GOOD OLD HOUSE VIBES WITH A FRESH TWIST ... NOT "MINIMAL DEEP HOUSE" AS EVERYBODY DOES IT THESE DAYS ; )

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    Forever (DJ Tonka's True House Mix) SNIPPET at 0.21
    on June 19, 2013 14:55
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    Urlaub (DJ Tonka Remix) SNIPPET at 2.06
    on April 11, 2013 23:59

    @Gerrit Kahmann: Danke Dir, neue Tunes sind in Arbeit : )

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    Urlaub (DJ Tonka Remix) SNIPPET at 1.58
    on April 11, 2013 23:58

    @poni punkflower: ..Es gibt auch ein Instrumental bei Beatport & Co. ; )

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    DJ Tonka's Dubstruments Sensation (mix set edit... at 11.40
    on March 27, 2013 00:44

    Thanks Aleksz for supporting my music and of cause for another great mix! ..Currently working on new material ...and instrumentals : )

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    Geraldine Hunt - Can't Fake The Feeling at 0.33
    on March 27, 2013 00:16

    Huge classic! Already play it out for a long-looooong time & will keep supporting this forever-ever : ) Thanx for sending me this remastered disco pearl!

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    MOOMBAHTONKAMIX VOL.1 at 22.53
    on November 20, 2012 04:48

    @Jonny Chino: You're welcome...will check your page again for nu tunes : )

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    Forever (DJ Tonka's True House Mix) SNIPPET at 1.19
    on October 27, 2012 23:24
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    Nikki Beach Summer Sessions Mix at 1.13.43
    on September 20, 2012 00:50

    @DonnyChristian: & john gold: THX : )

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    Urlaub (DJ Tonka Remix) SNIPPET at 2.31
    on July 22, 2012 16:54

    @DJMidi: A Dubstrumental will be part of the rmx-package ; )

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    Urlaub (DJ Tonka Remix) SNIPPET at 3.11
    on July 19, 2012 19:52

    @Alex DaBass: ..Wir machen einfach ein Revival - und wenn's in Minden ist ; )

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    Urlaub (DJ Tonka Remix) SNIPPET at 3.11
    on July 19, 2012 19:13

    @Alex DaBass: Hey Alex! Was geht in Münster? ..Danke!

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    Urlaub (DJ Tonka Remix) SNIPPET at 0.53
    on July 19, 2012 19:09
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    Urlaub (DJ Tonka Remix) SNIPPET at 3.02
    on July 19, 2012 19:08
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    Urlaub (DJ Tonka Remix) SNIPPET at 3.20
    on July 19, 2012 18:44
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    Forever (DJ Tonka's True House Mix) SNIPPET at 0.34
    on May 07, 2012 12:43

    @Dj-lasota: Danke : ) My Rmx will be part of Medina's single release "Forever" (EMI Germany). Soon to be found on itunes & other download shops.

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    Around The World (DJ Tonka Remix) Snippet at 2.22
    on February 23, 2012 04:02
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    Around The World (DJ Tonka Remix) Snippet at 1.02
    on February 23, 2012 04:00
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    Atlantis (Snippet) at 0.00
    on February 23, 2012 03:55

    @Delshad: ..thanx man : )

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    NIGHTGUIDE 01 at 58.02
    on February 17, 2012 16:04
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    MOOMBAHTONKAMIX VOL.1 at 50.28
    on February 13, 2012 19:16

    @PartyPavel: The one ending at this point is "Sweet Disposition" (Axwell & Dirty South Rmx/Nadastrom Moombahton Edit)

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    NIGHTGUIDE 01 at 10.51
    on February 13, 2012 19:08

    @andreas-dini: Sebastian Krieg ft Joe Perrone – Don’t Stop (Dub Mix)

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    MOOMBAHTONKAMIX VOL.1 at 1.03.53
    on February 11, 2012 23:29

    @Sulkap: ..Thanks man : )

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    MOOMBAHTONKAMIX VOL.1 at 18.15
    on February 11, 2012 23:28

    @Sulkap: The Mane Thing "Bring Ya Booty" (Top Billin)

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    Atlantis (Snippet) at 1.10
    on February 11, 2012 18:40

    @patrick_S: Thanks for your support ; )

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    Tonka Sensational Megamix Vol.2 (mixed & compil...
    on February 11, 2012 04:47

    @d-jay-alex: Thanks for adding the tracklisting Alex! ..Ok, I DO KNOW the titels ; )

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    Tonka Sensational Megamix Vol.1 (mixed & compil...
    on February 11, 2012 04:42

    @d-jay-alex: Cool, thanks ALex! : )

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