Music has always supplied the heartbeat of Hunt & Gather. Zoe and Lee are vinyl historians, with vast knowledge and experience in genres from punk to soul, disco to techno. Among the store's initial offering was a selection of Lee's personal record collection, now locked away for safe keeping and sampling.
Since 1992, he has expended his legendarily boundless energy as a well-rounded selector, savvy producer, and successful festival organizer. His sets mix every flavor of house and techno into a storytelling body moving experience. His work, over the years, has often been tested and teased in the store during business hours and after.
He's recorded a number of sets for the store specifically, the Hunt & Gather Sessions:
Desert Hearts Festival is the store's largest musical influence. It takes place annually at Los Coyotes Reservation. It is truly a place where people can dress as they feel, and the visuals do not disappoint. Hunt & Gather is the unofficial official style destination for attendees both local and visiting.
As an established fashion icon of the event, Zoe's influence is seen in each and every outlandishly appropriate outfit on the dance floor. In the Desert Hearts community and beyond, her own picture-perfect weekend wardrobe selections often act as a baseline for the summer's festival fashion trends.
Lee Reynolds is known for stylishly sequined DJ performances that drip with the positive energy and radiant love that are his foundational contributions to the crew and community as a whole.
The store itself is always humming with classic mixes old and new, through a finely tuned audio set-up. A small selection of shop favorites are listed below, released by family and funky friends known to rock Hunt & Gather in the booth:
Write-up by Wes R. Kasik