Newcastle Discovered - CROCQ by Newcastle Discovered


There is nothing like the connection that music can bring into peoples lives. For Musician and business owner Crocqhenri Lucero it’s one of his favourite things about performing on stage. 1974986_10152046242139613_955979644_n Since the age of 14, CRocQ has been singing and performing for the last 7 years. That’s no thanks to his talented mother, Vivian Lucero, and uncle, Rafael Sabarre, who have been performing about Newcastle as the ‘Talk of the Town’ for more than 25 years. CRocQ recalls the enriching experiences of growing up with performing family which built his foundation and love for music to this day, from entertaining, celebrating and maintaining a great party atmosphere. Besides vocals, CRocQ plays the drums, guitar, piano and occasionally percussion. He performs as a solo act, in a trio or duo with amazing pianist, Alama Amosa. Despite only being in his late 20s, CRocQ has completed a Bachelor of Information Science and has started his own web design business called CrocqDesign. In his spare time, you will find him performing at weddings, local gigs and writing songs for his upcoming album. While you can only imagine the beautiful weddings CRocQ gets to witness but not join, he said he just loves to see others having a good time. “There is nothing like the feeling that other people are connecting with you without even knowing them or have even previously having a word/conversation with them. It’s something money can’t buy, truly priceless,” he said. With only connections through friends and family, Mr Lucero also seems to pick up jobs through word-of-mouth or from previous performances. When asked what the most requested song is at wedding functions, CRocQ was sure it had to be ‘Angel’ by Shaggy. Who doesn’t love a little bit of Shaggy? Mr Lucero has also written a number of original songs with an array of local Newcastle artists from Daniel March, Alama Amosa, Rone Jone, Tom Desiel, Anna Milat, Kylie Jane, Komiti Lavai, Clipper City Crew, BlacqV, Relevent, Dj Fuel, and more recently, Dj Patsan, with their new release, ‘Break it down’, which was recently released in the UK and is set to be released in Australia Feb/March. After finishing university in 2006, CrocQ, inspired by a final project he did while studying, started his own business that he claims is catered to a set of boutique client groups. CrocQ said the difference between CrocqDesign and others is that there will be someone to talk to and contact. “I always say to people I have the best clients in the world,” he said. “They have been great and the response has been amazing. We are managing just off 40 Clients now, so it’s forever growing and evolving.” In a busy world, CrocQ says try not to work too hard and if you do, balance it out, “it’s all about the balance. Sleep when you have to and make time for your loved ones.” He plans to release his debut album in the near future and possibly move towards the hospitality industry to open a small wine bar within the Newcastle area. You can usually catch Crocq Lucero playing at the Junction Hotel, The Winner is Oscars (Hunter Valley), Bar Petite, Honeysuckle Hotel and Lizottes. Upcoming Shows: Australia Day: 26th Jan @ Honeysuckle Hotel Beer And Craft Festival: 22nd Feb @ Honeysuckle Hotel

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Article by Jessica Tisdell

60 seconds with - ERYN WITHAWHY by Kian West


  Eryn graciously featured on 1/2 limited edition covers for the January issue of NM and we were so incredibly stoked to catch up with her and take a moment to highlight someone that is such an inspiration to so many others and a personal favorite of us here at Mirage. If you don't already know Eryn Withawhy, this article will be a special treat. It is people like Eryn that make our amazing city the incredible place it is. YOU MIGHT KNOW ERYN AS THE ENERGETIC FACE OF THE STEEL CITY COLLECTIVE, BUT ERYN IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THE DIRECTOR OF AN ART COLLECTIVE AND GALLERY OWNER. SHE IS A HIGHLY CREATIVE INDIVIDUAL, EXTREMELY MOTIVATED TO DO GREAT FOR THE COMMUNITY SHE LIVES IN AND LEAVE AN IMPACT ON THE SOULS SHE CONNECTS WITH. IT IS BECAUSE OF THIS WE FELT IT NECESSARY TO INTERVIEW ONE OF THE ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTORS OF NEWCASTLE MIRAGE.ISSUE_8_COV1


So Eryn, thanks for taking time out of your crazy schedule to speak, Tell us a little bit about yourself? Any time, Kian! To be honest, it’s weird to be on the other side of an interview. Well…according to my shiny new website (, I’m the girl who asks questions. I think that sums me up pretty perfectly. I’m constantly evolving, constantly learning and constantly pushing myself to know more and be more. I’m a freelance designer, illustrator, artist and creative events manager. Sometimes I write copy.

You have recently been working with the Special Olympics when they were in Newcastle, care to tell us a little about this experience? Newcastle is so lucky to have hosted such an amazing event! The people involved; the athletes, families, support staff, volunteers and event co-ordinators, were such positive, inspiring people! I was asked to orchestrate a large scale art performance as part of the Opening Ceremony. With only two weeks lead time, my plans of creating a 200-canvas strong illustrative mosaic were a little ambitious, but the resulting display was something I’m very proud of. In the end I painted approximately 70 1m x 1.5m canvases over three days. The individual pieces matched up to reveal a portrait of Jessica, a dancer who was chosen to be showcased as a hero in the ceremony. The first time I saw the whole piece was at the dress rehearsal - it was pretty surreal. They had a helicopter fly over to film it. Footage of the event unfolding and us spray painting in front of a stadium of people was streamed live on national TV. I’m so grateful to all the people who volunteered last minute to help at the rehearsal and the performance. I couldn’t have picked a better team to work with. Everyone who came along was positive, flexible, supportive, enthusiastic and just great. I owe them a great deal. Many thanks to Jane, Claudia, Lauren (and her lovely mother!), Bryan, Grant, Josh, Glenn, Nathan, Andy, Dane, Dru, Gale and Ethan as well as the fantastic staff and students from Swansea High School and Newcastle Waldorf School!! Special thanks to my wonderful mother who had no idea that she’d be called upon to assist when I was lacking volunteers! Thanks lady! ISSUE_8_ERYN 2What are some of the current projects you are working on? Where do I start? I’ve just finished the poster for an event I’m involved with on the 16th of January at South Newcastle Beach - it’s an all ages festival brought to Newcastle by a variety of community organisations including Headspace, Samaritans, Salvation Army Oasis Youth Network Hunter, Newcastle Community Youth Development Project, Newcastle Skate, Steel City Collective, Multicultural Neighbourhood Centre Inc and Medicare Local Hunter. There’s going to be live music, DJs, live art, games, skate clinics, prizes, giveaways and a free lunch! I’m also working on branding and promotional material for a huge night of entertainment in Sydney mid next year as well as some ongoing events in Melbourne kicking off in a few months. There’s also the various public art installations and walls I’m working on with Steel City Collective - including a series of murals in Hunter high schools, a backlog of commissioned artworks and a few other smaller boutique designs for local businesses and individuals. After the success of TravJamJar’s solo show at Shop Steel City, I’m looking forward to curating a group show as well as putting on a few more solo shows for some very talented local artists. I’m sure that I’ve forgotten about a bunch of things…

Where do you see yourself in five years? I don’t know where I see myself next week.

If you could work with any person, who would it be? There’s a few on my list. I’d love the chance to work for agencies BMF and DraftFCB, responsible for the Aldi - Prices You’ll Love Talking About and Honda Civic - Symphony In Motion campaigns respectively. They were two of my favourite multi-platform campaigns in 2013. Locally, I’m actually really excited about a collaboration with Alien Art tattoo artist Dan Arnold (@ridingwithdeath on instagram). He’s a good friend of mine and a brilliant artist. I cannot wait to work with him on the large scale works we have planned!

When you aren’t creating, what else do you enjoy doing with any spare time? Hahahahahahahahahahaha. You’re funny, Kian.ISSUE_8_ERYN 1