Interview by Leo Maxam / Balibelly.tv
The Angels of Eikon (left to right): Fesi, Hayley, Melissa, Jade, Chloe.
Last night was Justin Bieber's birthday, and the Eikon girls are still recovering. “He turned 18,” they tell me. “He's legal now.” Last night was also Bikini Night, which made for a dangerous combination. The girls apologize for looking a mess. I tell them they look stunning – and they do. They tell me the secret to a swift recovery is swimming in the ocean and lots of Pocari Sweat.
I'm standing in front of Eikon, Kuta's club du jour, talking to the evening's main attractions: Hayley, Chloe and Fesi. The trio of temptresses has been working the club's front door on and off for the past year. Tonight all three girls are decked out in heels and low-cut dresses, displaying legs for days. Fesi, 20, is originally from Sunset Beach, Oahu, but spent her teenage years in Bali. Chloe and Hayley, 21, are newcomers to the island, both arriving from England in the past year.
While they pass out flyers to the endless stream of humans on Jalan Legian – and receive creepy stares from reject males of various nationalities – the girls sip their free cocktails and tell me all about the behind-the-scenes-magic of Eikon.
Ladies, what exactly is your job at Eikon?
Hayley: To entice people.
Chloe: We're PR girls. We stand out front and encourage people to come in and drink a lot –
Hayley: To drink responsibly.
Chloe: To drink responsibly. But if people want to keep buying you drinks you can't really say no.
How do you get a guy who's walking down Legian to stop and come into Eikon?
Hayley: Smile sweetly.
Fesi: Shout (laughing).
Are you required to dance on the bar every night?
Chloe: No, it's just once a week on Bikini Night (Thursday nights), and you can choose if you want to. You get paid extra.
Hayley: Hell yes! We wouldn't dance half-naked on a bar full of drunk people for free!
Chloe: We usually do it when the rent is due (laughing).
Do you sometimes need a little liquid courage to get up and dance on the bar?
Fesi: It's hard to get up on the bar half-naked.
Do you encourage random customers to dance on the bar?
Chloe: If girls want to get up there and dance, they can.
Fesi: We usually only encourage the girls, but one time we let a guy get up there and it actually went really well. It was during the bikini show. He got up on the bar and stole the show.
Hayley: No one gave a shit about us dancing. Everyone was watching him.
Was he wearing a bikini?
Hayley: He was wearing a dress and a cowboy hat. They loved him.
The Eikon male cheer squad
Why is Eikon the only club in Kuta with western bar girls?
Fesi: MBarGo used to have western girls. I think the main reason you don't see more western girls is because Indo girls are a lot cheaper to hire.
Chloe: It's a bit different at Eikon. I think a lot of tourists get intimidated because there's loads of people trying to sell them stuff constantly in Kuta, and it's nice for them to see something different here.
Hayley: So here they get white girls hassling them to come inside, instead of Indonesian girls.
Fesi: We hassle them fluently in English (laughter).
Do you guys drink for free every night?
Chloe: We get five free drinks on weekends and three on weeknights, not counting the drinks people buy for us.
What's the best drink at Eikon?
Chloe: I stick to vodka cranberries.
Hayley: Tequila. We get forced to drink tequila by the bosses (laughing).
What time do you typically wake up?
Hayley: I'm averaging 3 or 4 p.m., but I have really bad insomnia right now.
Fesi: She sleeps until 4 the next day and wakes up in her high heels! (laughter). I usually wake up around 1 or 1:30, depending on the night before.
Chloe: 10 a.m.
I don't believe you.
Fesi: It's true, she called me at like 9 a.m. this morning. I didn't pick up.
Hayley: Yeah, she'll call at 10 a.m. and ask if you want to go jogging on the beach!
Most people start their workday with a cup of coffee and the morning paper. The Eikon girls start work with tequila shots. Punching the clock on another Friday night at the office.
What's the craziest shit you've ever seen while at work?
Fesi: A few weeks ago we had a bunch of girls stripping on the bar.
Chloe: Weren't they hookers?
Fesi: At first there was one hooker dancing on the bar. Then five regular girls got up there and started stripping with her. I think the hooker persuaded them to get up there.
How far do you let that go, when you have customers on the bar taking their clothes off?
Hayley: Until they're naked, I guess.
Chloe: Whenever their morals kick in. It's pretty much up to them.
Where do the wildest girls come from?
Everyone: Australia! Perth!
Chloe: It's probably because there are more Australians here than anyone else, so it seems like they are crazier, both guys and girls. But it's just a larger volume.
Where do the most attractive men come from?
Fesi: I like my men Indonesian.
Hayley: Me too. You get used to the locals when you're here. They're nice to look at. All the tourists who come here all have one thing on their minds. All the European boys want a girlfriend for like two weeks.
Have you ever hooked up with someone while at work?
Fesi: I'm not into public displays of affection.
Hayley: Me neither. Keep it behind closed doors.
Chloe: No comment. After 2 a.m. it's ok. Before that we have to pretend to be single.
"Just smile sweetly." Hayley and Chloe sing their siren song and reel in another one.
What's in those free orange shots you pass out?
Fesi: It's a secret recipe. It's probably best that you don't know. Just know that it's good and it gets you drunk.
Chloe: You can't really complain about a free drink – although many people do.
What's in the purple shots you pass out?
Fesi: Anggur Merah (Indonesian wine) and cranberry juice. We pass them out at 12. It always gets busy around that time.
Hayley: We call them Purple Nurples. They're so good we named our house after them when we lived together. We used to drink four bottles of that stuff before work. We wanted to get water dispensers for the house and fill them up with Purple Nurples; brush our teeth with it, shower in it.
Sounds delicious. In your experience, who are the worst dancers?
Chloe: The Middle Eastern guys. They're really sleazy dancers.
Fesi: They're sleazy altogether. They're awful. It's usually old guys, businessman-looking types who think we're prostitutes.
Hayley: Yeah, we get that a lot from the Middle East guys. They're always asking, “Will you come back to our hotel? How much?”
What's the most you've been offered?
Did you do it?
Everyone: Fuck you!
I would have done it.
Fesi: One time there was this old Middle Eastern man who wouldn't leave me alone. He was like, “I'll stand here all night!” I kept telling him to go away. So finally I go stand behind security and let them deal with him. And he gets on his knees in front of security and starts begging them, “I'll give you however much you want. I just want her!” And he was old as fuck! It was embarrassing. They told him he had to leave.
Hayley: A lot of people think that our job is to hook up with people. They just assume that because we work at the door, that we're those type of girls.
Chloe: A lot of guys come swaggering in here with a lot of bravado, and when they finally approach you they end up sitting behind you awkwardly and then get shy and run away.
They just made this guy's year. This will be his new profile pic, for sure.
What's the worst pickup line a guy has ever tried on you?
Hayley: One time a guy asked Chloe if she wanted a drink, and then when the drink came he asked her for money.
Chloe: Another time a guy asked me what I wanted to drink and I said, “A vodka cranberry, please.” And he said, “Oh, that sounds expensive!” And he walked away.
Fesi: I was eating dinner on the balcony area before work and this fat Aussie wearing a Bintang shirt – your typical bogan – he takes one of the free “welcome shots” and puts it on my plate. I'm like, “I'm eating dinner here, buddy!” And then he whispers something really rude in my ear.
Something that made you lose your appetite?
Fesi: Something that made me pour the shot on him.
Lots of gentlemen in Kuta these days.
Fesi: Another time this guy didn't know we worked for Eikon and he comes up to us with a round of the free drinks, pretending he had just bought them for us. He was trying to act like a big spender. A lot of these guys have no shame.
What does Eikon offer that the other clubs don't?
Hayley: It's not like Seminyak, where it's super high-class. But it's not a frat party like Bounty. It's somewhere in between. Lots of friendship groups come here to meet up. Everyone kind of knows everyone.
Fesi: It's somewhere you can go if you haven't seen people in ages, and you can see them here. Everyone comes here to catch up. You go to Sky Garden and it's like a maze, you can never find your friends. Guaranteed you're gonna know people here. It's the place to be. We're always here on our days off.
Can you guys hook it up with free drinks?
Everyone: Sure, have some Purple Nurples!
You can look but you can't touch...
...as this classy gentleman quickly found out.
Fesi, Hayley and Chloe, pounding the Kuta pavement on the way to flyer at Alleycats.
Grom: "I think I love you." Hayley: "See you at Eikon, stud."
Everybody wants a piece of Hayley.
Flyers done, back to Eikon for another round of...
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