Epic Couple: Nikki De Saint and KC Vidur
She is a world-famous DJ, vocalist and producer; he is a renowned wood carving artist, animal lover, environmentalist and planet crusader; together, they are an epic couple of global proportions. Carlie Wacker catches up with the powerhouse duo of DÉ SAINT and KC Vidur.
DÉ SAINT and KC Vidur make loving fun and live life to the absolute fullest. These locals are a couple you cannot help but admire and live vicariously through. It is full steam ahead for the talented team as 2022 proves to be a banger for both.
Although Kay (pronounced Kai) is well known locally, this German-born wood maestro has seen his career really start to take off – and the public recognition is deserved. He only uses sustainably-sourced timber from the Sunshine Coast and the Northern Rivers area to custom make pieces that reflect his deep connection to the ocean.
Kay’s works have been shipped to customers across Australia and throughout Europe with public art pieces on display at Peregian Beach Hotel; El Capitano; Boom Shankar; The Atlantic, Byron Bay and more
For the last 12 months Kay has been working on a special commission – a project named A Tree With A Story to Tell.
In the 2019 bushfires, a giant Norfolk Pine died at Peregian Beach but it will continue to tell it’s story thanks to an inspired idea for a sculpture and Kay’s talents. The Pine has been reborn as an Environmental Message Post in a collaboration between local architect Sharyn Kerrigan, Peregian Beach Community Association member Rochelle Gooch and Kay. Located at the Southern beach access of the Peregian Beach foreshore park (access 59), it is thought to have suffered heat stress after the 2019 bushfire that threatened the village.
Funded by the Peregian Beach Community Association, Noosa Council and the Federal Government through its National Bushfire Recovery Fund, the remaining 4.5 metre stump has been carved into a story of the magnificent marine creatures along this part of the coast, the region and it’s nature wildlife and fauna.
Although Kay’s masterpiece will gradually weather and erode it will continue to tell an important story as new native trees around it grow to help protect the fragile dune system.
Kay has also wrapped up his first solo exhibition entitled Deep Connection under the Artist in Residence program at the Butter Factory Arts Centre in Cooroy.
DÉ SAINT has notched up her 7th year as musical director for Australian Fashion Week; working with designers such as AJE, Bondi Born, Albus Lumen and more.
She recently signed a record deal with Vicious Records (the longest and most successful dance label in Australia) as they celebrate 30 years in the business.
With a long list of the most incredible international DJ’s remixing their classic tracks, DÉ SAINT has been given the honour of remixing a John Course track – he is the House Music God of Australia. If that’s not enough, she is about to release her latest track Girl DJ with her current single Zephyr sitting in the Aria Club charts for 22 consecutive weeks.
They can’t sit still yet, after an exciting stint in Europe where KC Vidur had works commissioned and DÉ SAINT played at gigs in Paris, Berlin, Munich and Mykonos.
Just prior to jetting off, DÉ SAINT DJ-ed the Red Carpet action and performed at the VIP after-party for the Australian premier of Baz Luhrmann’s biopic film ELVIS with the full cast flying in from around the globe including Hollywood royalty Tom Hanks!
Other highlights for this dynamic DJ include:
- 2018 exclusive VIP party for Monsieur Christian Louboutin
- 2019 YouTube Music Festival [supporting Pnau]
- 2019 Louis Vuitton After Dark [w/ Flume and Vera Blue]
- 2022 AUS F1 Grand Prix opening + closing DJ performance + GOTG [for Heineken], she has been playing for AUSGP since 2018
- 2020 + 2022 MONA [The Museum of Old and New Art] outdoor concert
Holy wow! “I am very fortunate to now be in my 2nd year performing at the world-famous MONA in Hobart,” DÉ SAINT says. “Would you believe the music curator for MONA who books me direct is the bass player from the Violent Femmes? Epic stuff!”
Hell yes – EPIC is the best way to describe this couple with the wood and world at their fingertips.
You can catch DÉ SAINT in the Wonderland Spiegeltent Garden as part of Horizon Festival and under the tipi in Peregian Park on 12 November as part of Enchanted, a fundraising festival to light up Peregian Village.