She is a world-famous DJ, vocalist and producer; he is a renowned wood carving artist, environmentalist, animal lover and planet crusader; together, they are an epic couple of global proportions. Carlie Wacker catches up with the powerhouse duo of De Saint and KC Vidur before they head off to work their magic during Euro Summer.
De Saint and KC Vidur make loving fun and live life 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 shapes up 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 sustainable 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.
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 for the entire community thanks to an inspired idea for a sculpture. 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. This project was funded by the Peregian Beach Community Association, Noosa Council and the Federal Government through its National Bushfire Recovery Fund. The tree at the Southern beach access of the Peregian Beach foreshore park (access 59) is thought to have suffered heat stress after the 2019 bushfire that threatened the village. The 4.5 metre stump that remained was 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 the new native trees around it grow to help protect the fragile dune system. How cool is that?
Kay has also just wrapped up his first solo exhibition entitled “DEEP CONNECTION” under the “Artist in Residence” program at the Butter Factory Arts Centre in Cooroy.
Meanwhile De Saint notched up her 7th year as musical director for Australian Fashion Week this year working with designers such as AJE , Bondi Born, Henne, Albus Lumen and many more. She has also 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, De 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’ and her current single ZEPHYR is still sitting in the Aria club charts – 22 weeks and going strong.
They can’t sit still yet, there is an exciting stint in Europe awaiting them. KC Vidur has works commissioned and De Saint has gigs in Paris, Berlin and the famous Scorpios in Mykonos.
With all the amazing events and shows around the globe I had to ask De Saint for her fave gigs of all time and she came back with this impressive line up:
- 2018 exclusive VIP party for Monsieur Christian Louboutin – see image
- 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. Would you believe the music curator for MONA who books me direct is the bass player from the Violent Femmes – epic stuff,” she said.
Hell yes – EPIC is the best way to describe this couple with the wood and world at their fingertips. Safe travels superstars.
PUBLIC ART PIECES BY KC VIDUR.
‘Penny’ 2.7 m Humpback Whale – Peregian Beach Hotel
‘Dui’ 2.2 m Whale – Boom Shankar Boutique, Hastings St, Noosa
‘Anchor’ – El Capitano restaurant + bar, Hastings St, Noosa
‘Message Post’ – Peregian Beach “Access 59”
‘Travelling Home’ – The Atlantic, Byron Bay NSW
Published in IN Noosa magazine June 2022