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Meet Marchela, aka Miss Jenja. She books the acts that make your night go bang. Words: Christina Iskandar. Photo: Stephane Sensey.

Where were you born Marchela? What is your background?

I was born in Jakarta and I’m the second eldest in the family. I’ve got a diverse heritage from both parents: I’m actually a mix of Indonesian-Japanese and Portuguese from my Dad’s side and Indonesian-Arab and British from my mom’s. But usually when people ask me, I always say I’m Balinese by heart.

How long have you been based in Bali?

My parents brought me to Bali when I was a few months old, then I left in 2001 to continue my education overseas. I came back again in 2006 and haven’t had any good reason to leave Bali since then.

Have you always wanted to work in the entertainment industry?

Um, no. I’ve always wanted to be an astronaut! Even though I have always enjoyed good events and parties in town, it never actually crossed my mind that I would work on creating them.

What do you love about what you do?

I love having the opportunity to work with amazing people who are passionate about music and experienced in the industry. I get to meet a lot of influential people, musicians from all over the world, and I get to make many unforgettable nights out for those who seek it.

What has been your favourite act at Jenja so far?

So far that would be Craze, Jozif and Nicole Moudaber.


What would be doing if you weren’t in this industry?

I’d be applying for work as astronaut at NASA. Or playing billiards.

Any acts coming up in the near future we could look forward to?

Yes! A lot of very interesting acts coming up, and of course we will always have something to look forward to every month. We’ll keep you updated!

Are you a stilettos or flip-flops kind of girl?

Definitely stilettos at work as Miss Jenja but then flip-flops for sure as Marchela.

Name five recently played songs on your iPod…

Ludacris featuring Miguel / Good Lovin’

Lexy & K. Paul feat. Yasha / Killing Me

Glass Animals – Wild Culture remix / Gooey

Ro James / Indiana Jones

Slove – The Distance & Broken Tapes remix / Flash

Name five things you can’t live without…

Music. A long peaceful beauty sleep after work. Cuddles. Some good lovin’.

My reading glasses.

If you could go to any music festival (past or present) with anyone (dead or alive) what and who would it be?

Jenja Urbanized with Biggie 1.