Small Giraffes

Small Giraffes

 Hobart, Tasmania, AUS
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Small Giraffes is the instrumental acoustic project of 24 year old Australian guitarist Alan Gogoll. His self titled 11 track debut album is available now in stores and online. Alan is a Christian by faith, a full time musician by trade and a troll hunter in his spare time.

Biography

"My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul." Psalm 108:1

I held my first guitar when I was 5 years old, incorrectly and out of tune. It was a Yamaha classical acoustic that my mum had kept from when she had lessons. Soon after my parents bought me a guitar of my own, one more suiting to my smaller stature. I started guitar lessons later that year, learning a few basics chords and a couple of strumming patterns. At first I didn’t care much for those ‘thin guitars’ or electric guitars as the rest of the world knew them, until I got one. It was a green Samick, and soon became a part of who I was.

Archers was a turning point in my songwriting journey. I had just bought a 12 string guitar, and I think it was the first song I had written that reflected the direction I wanted my music to take. I would spend the next few years working on both my songwriting, vocals and technique. In 2007 I started writing The Math, which was the first real step I felt since Archers. A year's hard work drew to an end with an 11 track album and an equal number of b-sides.

Having spent the last several years studying design at university and then working in the field, I’ve given the next several years to pursuing a career in music.

I spend my time between writing, recording and playing live. I live pretty simply these days, eating two minute noodles and working out chord progressions on my ukulele. My dream is to make a living from my songwriting. I don't really know what the future holds for me or if this dream is even possible, and that can be pretty scary at times, but I know I'm not the first, and certainly won't be the last person to be in these shoes!

Whatever happens and wherever I may end up, I know that God is with me, so no matter how poor I may become here on earth, I am rich with Him!

Towards the end of this year I'd like to travel and play a few gigs at local coffee shops and the like! Having recently finished Housebird, I now have a product that I can take with me, and am starting to work on getting together a live set that I'll be able to play anywhere!

I recently completed my first instrumental album Small Giraffes. This has been something I've wanted to do for a while now, and I feel it will be the main direction of my music from this point onwards. Daylight Tremor, my songwriting project, is something that I will continue with, and I would like to release a follow up album to Housebird in the future, but at the moment I feel Small Giraffes is where I'm at musically and creatively at the moment.

As I scribble down these thoughts on post-it notes, I am reminded of the people that I have met, the friendships that have been formed, and all those who have shown me love and support. And as I reflect on these things of past few years I feel truly blessed, also knowing that I’m only at the beginning of this journey.

I regularly busk at Salamanca Markets in Hobart, where I'll have Small Giraffes for sale. If you see me playing there, or anywhere, come and say hi!

Much love!
Alan

Discography

2005-2011 : Several singer-songwriter albums under the project title Daylight Tremor

2011-2012 : Small Giraffes - self titled EP