Born and raised in Virginia, Clif Hunter came from a musical background from the very beginning. His grandfather, Walter Hagen, was an orchestral leader and sax player who, in the 1930’s and 40’s, toured the country with his orchestra, playing with jazz greats like Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, Roy Rogers and Jack Wardlaw.
Clif discovered the music of Grandmaster Flash at age 12 and was inspired to start remixing music. He honed his craft with turntables and tape decks.
Other musical influences at the time included the Stars on Long Play albums and the music of Prince, Stevie Wonder, Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder. Later influences include Daft Punk, Infected Mushroom and Deadmau5.
After high school, Clif spent time in the US Army before eventually moving to Central Florida. He continued remixing music until the early 2000’s when he shifted into creating his own electronic dance music.
He created remixes for a local Orlando band Iron Cross and also did a remix and cover version of “Rhythm Rap Rock” by Count Coolout. The two went on to collaborate on a remix of Count Coolout’s comeback single “What’s Going On America” in 2005.
In addition to releasing his own music under his professional name “Retrofonik”, Clif also creates and releases long form megamixes and music shows as a Select Artist on his channel at Mixcloud.com.