17 Feb 2018

Julia Deans: "It’s actually quite a thing to admit that you’re wrong."

From RNZ Music, 2:10 pm on 17 February 2018

Julia Deans is sick of people saying sorry when they’re not.

“You hear people apologise and it’s flippant: you know they don’t mean it, but when you go through that whole process and realise that you genuinely are sorry – that’s when healing begins.”

She's talking about her new song 'Clandestine' from her upcoming album We Light Fire, which is about accepting one's own foibles and bad behaviour.

“It’s actually quite a thing to admit that you’re wrong and that you’ve been an asshole to the people that you love or to somebody that you love. To actually have that moment of self-realisation where you go, 'Yeah right - I've been that guy.' To admit it to yourself.

"It's [also] about that preparation of going to your loved one and saying, 'I am so sorry. Can you please forgive me? Because I've been a dick.'"

Once We Light Fire is out, Julia is going on tour with Marlon Williams: "Actually ... Marlon came with me years ago - was it 2010 or 11? He came and did some shows with me in the South Island. I just remember watching him and thinking, 'This guy's got all the artillery, I can’t wait to hear where this goes.' Beautiful. I can’t say enough nice things.”

Who: Marlon Williams with support from Julia Deans

What: Make Way For Love tour


  • Saturday, May 19 | The Hunter Lounge, Wellington 
  • Tuesday, May 22 | Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin
  • Wednesday, May 23 | The Foundry, Christchurch
  • Friday, May 25 | Auckland Town Hall, Auckland
Julia Deans in the RNZ Auckland studio

Julia Deans in the RNZ Auckland studio Photo: RNZ / Cole Eastham-Farrelly

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