Indonesian Idol has made a comeback, serving decent selections of new talents that people have yet to know. One of the gems is Marion Jola. The 17-year-old contestant from Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, has captivated many audiences and the judges by her soulful voice and strong performance. Letter F had a lovely encounter with the new comer of music industry. Let’s get to know Lala better.
Tell us the story about how you finally came out as a singer.
“At first, I never knew that I would jump to music industry because I basically don’t have the background. I don’t do music or learn about it formally – singing has just always been my hobby. And then Indonesian Idol happened and my close friend asked me to join the audition. I thought I had nothing to lose, and then I applied for it. Thank God now I am here to this point. It was a roller coaster ride and it amazes me still that my life will turn out to be like this. I have decided that I will do this for the rest of my life.”
What’s your motivation to push yourself forward then?
“As cliché as it is, my motivation is my supporters; my family, friends and Lavers (my fanbase). So I don’t want to stop, that’s my only way to repay their supports. My next venture will require a lot of my attention and concern, yet I’m so happy doing it.”
How do you feel about being a contestant in Indonesian Idol?
“From the very start, it’s really new for me, like I’m not used to do this. I kept thinking like ‘do I fit in this industry’ and something like that, because truthfully I don’t have big expectations. Never crossed my mind that I would be here until now, gained much attention and went viral on social media. And then I finally realized that people welcomed me like this. Started off with underdog mentality, now I seriously want to show people my best performance. I gained tremendous achievements during my time in Indonesian Idol.”
As someone who has no experience in singing, how do you hone your skill?
“I don’t know, really. I just found out that I have the skill once I auditioned in Indonesian Idol. Previously, only my closest people know that I can sing. I thought it was a mere hobby. Then when I came here, all my skills are appreciated.”
Having a musical career, what is the biggest challenge that you scared of?
“I’m scared of netizen, of course! (Laugh) No, I’m not scared of them, they can be my biggest advantages. I think it’s how I manage my image and career at the same time. It’s like how to have a stable musical work and people can’t get enough of your music.”
What music means to you?
“Music is a friend for life. Because I honestly can’t live without music. I need to listen to music every single day. In my every mood, music is my remedy. But now, I think music is my purpose of life. I want to do music for the rest of my life.”
Who is your major influence in music?
“Hmm I don’t think I have one. Because I’m that kind of person who doesn’t have any particular obsession. I can like them all – as long as they’re good for my liking. But I listen to Bruno Mars, Kehlani, Tinashe, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Agnez Mo, Teza Sumendra, Teza Sumendra, and Teza Sumendra. Did I mention Teza Sumendra already? (Laugh) I love him.”
Your favorite music genre then?
“I love RnB, Jazz, and everything that’s laid back. And it affects my singing style.”
Music and fashion are inseparable, right? Then describe your fashion style at its best.
“People will recognize me as ‘Marion who wears Sabrina clothes’, because all of my clothes are in Sabrina cuts. And again, I don’t have a specific fashion style. As long as it’s comfortable and look good in me, I’ll wear it. My starter pack is Sabrina clothes, culottes’ pants, chokers and heels.”
If you weren’t a singer, what would you be and why?
“This has been swirling in my mind since God knows when but I want to be a prosecutor. A 17-year-old kid is confused about the future – I can relate to that so much. But, Indonesian Idol happened to me. Then everything is settled; I want to be a singer and an artist.”
What is your attempt to achieve a goal in Indonesian music industry?
“Obviously work hard and pray hard. I will try everything to achieve my dream, work hard and also pray hard – not play hard.”
Writer: Adhinda Latifa
Editor: Olivia Elena
Photographer: Mario Raymond Bully
Wardrobe: Noho available at TheFThing.com.