His Gap experience was a portal into learning about clothes and music. “It really excited me,” he says. Bise recalls one earth-shattering moment after hearing acid jazz for the first time, which sparked his love of Gap soundtracks. “I was dead tired from my first shift. I still went to the record store, and I got a few CDs of some of the artists that were on there. It started then,” he says. From then on, whenever a Gap playlist was released, Bise would ask his manager to take the CD home.
Archiving the playlists from the ’90s and early 2000s hasn’t been an easy task. To find each month’s CD, he’s connected with fellow employees and even tried to reach corporate offices. A few years ago, he went to Gap headquarters in San Francisco to try to complete his collection but to no avail. “I did find a CD