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voice on the verge #44: douce angoisse
January 23, 2010, 12:36 pm
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voice on the verge #44: douce angoisse

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Mentalists don’t come much more French, petite, or armed with razor sharp, tongue-in-cheek, pseudo-erotically charged bilingual electro than East London-based artist Adeline Battistutta, otherwise known as Douce Angoisse (that’s “soft anguish” to non-Francophones).

Over the last two years, Douce Angoisse has carved something of a fierce reputation for herself around the London live circuit, and beyond, for her unpredictable and highly charged shows. As a taster of her antics, she can frequently be found distributing leaves of individually autographed toilet paper from a handy dispenser around her neck to her audience, or pelting them with cotton wool buds. As you do. Following a support slot with Finnish electro-pop minx HK119 early last year, Douce Angoisse has gone on to join the ranks of new electronic netlabel Bit-Phalanx, and can currently be found duetting and remixing HK119 on the label’s latest project, as well as working on her own forthcoming releases.

Wears The Trousers managed to pin down the excitable Adeline for ten rare minutes of quiet to get her to answer our trusty questionnaire. Little did we expect…

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What is your earliest memory?

Playing trumpet to Marilyn Manson.

Who was your childhood idol?

Dorothée! She was a French children’s TV personality in the mid ’80s to early ’90s.

What did you listen to when you were growing up?

Serge Gainsbourg.

Who was the first person you saw in concert?

A French singer call Mylène Farmer.

What’s the biggest guilty pleasure in your record collection?

Fun Factory, ‘Groove Me’

What is your funniest studio memory?

Mastering tracks that were already mastered.

What kind of person would have sex to your music?

Octopuses and OAPs.

What would you be if you weren’t a musician?

Lap dancer.

How are you most likely to die, and what would you want written on your headstone?

Misadventure, and on the headstone: “We are all in the same shit.”

If you were the answer to a crossword puzzle, what would be your clue be?

“Nervous sweetness”.

What is your pet hate?

Domestic insects. Especially moths.

What’s your biggest fear?

Leaving the oven on.

What’s your tipple?

Free booze!

What’s your views on feminism?


What’s your top household tip?

Good tupperware.

What was the last good book you read, and how did it affect you?

The Little Prince by Antoine De St Exupéry. “I should never have listened to her,” he confided to me one day, “One should never listen to the flowers. One should simply look at them and breathe their fragrance” – the book reminds me of the innocence in beauty.

What is your favourite quote?

“Language is the source of misunderstandings” – Antoine De St Exupéry.

Tick tock, tick tock. What you waiting, what you waiting for?

Reach Uranus!

Would you rather see a ghost or simply have a piece of toast and watch the evening news?

Toast McGhost.

What have you done today to make you feel proud?

Brush my tits.

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Douce Angoisse duets with HK119 on her ‘Barbu Girl’ remix of HK’s ‘C’est La Vie’, available to download from www.bit-phalanx.com. Both artists play at new London venue East Bloc on January 29, and at Bit-Phalanx’s launch gig at Elevator Gallery the following day.

‘Fuk Up Da Klub’


4 Comments so far
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I love Doucies music, she is one hell of a shaker, i saw her at Hackney Wicked last year and she was the only act that got me moving my ass! Cant wait to hear more!


Comment by poppy

i love douce angoisse !! she ROCKS

Comment by Combs

When is the album coming out? and what is it going to be called?

Comment by sam

Love your work! when is the next gig?

Comment by Maria

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