Candy Hearts' Mariel Loveland on Touring with New Found Glory: "It's a Dream Come True."
What has been the most rewarding part so far about being in the music industry?
I think the most rewarding part is when I hear people tell us or read online, when they say that one of our songs feels like something they're going through. I mean, and this probably sounds totally lame to say, but that's the kind of thing that keeps me making music. Like, I know I'm making music because I'm going through something and it makes me feel a certain way, and it completely validates what I do when I find out that someone is experiencing the same thing.
Do you read a lot of stuff that is written about you guys or do you try to stay away from it?
It really depends. I like to read Facebook and Tumblr and Twitter a lot because I want to be in touch with anyone who wants to speak to us. But, if it something like a video we've done, I try not to watch those because I always feel a little weird about it.
Do you ever deal with negativity from people?
Yes. A lot. I mean, overall, it's positive. But, there are just some people who are absurdly mean. Like, I read somewhere that a person wanted me to get cancer so I would stop singing.
Yup. Like they wanted me to get cancer in my throat, and then die shortly after. So, that happens. It's crazy. My mom was like, "I'm calling up Bridge 9 if you get more comments like this." [Laughs.]
Looking to the future, what's next for the band?
Well, we're definitely going to release a full length probably next year at some point. I started writing a little bit for it when we got back from our last tour. So, we will see what happens. We're not going to rush it. But, I always put a lot of pressure on myself to release something every year.
New Found Glory Sticks and Stones 10 Year Anniversary Tour with Candy Hearts and The Story So Far. Sunday, December 16, at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $25.