Interview with guitarist Marc De Hugar

Interview with guitarist Marc De Hugar of Dragonfly / Ex Candy Harlots

Quick Facts:
Name: Marc De Hugar
Birth date: 5 / 11
Place of birth: Melbourne
Favorite album of all time? Too hard, too many ... Leatherwolf - Streetready, Enuff Z'Nuff - Strength, David L Roth - Eat Em and Smile, The Cure - Pornography,  U2 - War
What is the first CD or LP you ever bought? Single when I was 5 was The Sweet - Fox On The Run, first album Blondie - Blondie self titled
A guitar: Charvel San Dimas custom, Gibson Firebird, Gibson Explorer Korina 58 reissue, ESP MII, Strat pre L series PK Blue, Japanese Kramer Baretta 86"
Favorite musician: Warren DeMartini, Jake E Lee, Derek Frigo
Favorite band or group: Enuff Z'Nuff, Vain, Badlands

What are your most recently completed projects?
Trash Cats demo's pre production, Dragonfly EP:

How did you become a guitarist?
Picked up a half sized acoustic when I was about 5 or 6, played guitar instead of sport and the normal crap my mates were into. I fell in love with playing, got off on being praised as a genius at the age of 9 - 10 years old, never looked back. Started my first band in which I wrote and composed everything when I was 14.

Who are your main musical and guitar influences?
Warren DeMartini (Ratt), Robert Smith (The Cure), The Edge (U2), Derek Frigo (Enuff Z'Nuff), guys from Tesla and the guys from Queensrÿche, Ace Frehley (Kiss).

What is music to you?
My everything.

What can you say about the days of the "Candy Harlots"? What do you remember? was a blast..mad times...I miss Ron.. he was one of my best friends and I think of him at least once a month. Loved all the guys, biggest regret was getting voting Keeno in the band as Mark hated him and Ron was on the fence so it was my deciding vote that got him the gig, he then stabbed me in the back...but they all did in the end...I was 16 and the guys were in their mid to late 20's, considering I was a key writer and most likely one of the better musicians in the band I was shocked and hurt after 4 years of blood sweat and tears, playing shows for no money and little reward apart from the satisfaction of just playing and I also knew my age was a major draw card hence I was bewildered that they chose to sack me rather than apologize and move on.

To end the interview, a phrase you want to leave ....
I love playing guitar I have learnt an awful lot...I was very young and Mark Easton was my surrogate father as I had no father of my own, I trusted them far to much a lesson learnt, musicians are only out for themselves...that being said I spent many years self destructing over this because the record deal I was negotiating prior to my sacking was my baby as well...and Phil filled my shoes only weeks before the record deal we negotiated was finalised.. I felt ripped off and cheated for many years.. but time heals all wounds.. but I eventually got through it all and a now grateful for all I went through I am now a better person and have far better life skills because of these experiences. In short despite the grief not change it for the world. and I will always love and respect all of the guys.