SeasawA conversation with Meg Golz and Eve Wilczewski
by Laura Sorensen
Photo: Meg Golz and Eve Wilczewski make up the female duo Seasaw
Meg Golz and Eve Wilczewski make up the female duo Seasaw. They originally met in Freeport, IL from a chance encounter when the two women worked at a local restaurant. The name represents the contrast in their working styles and personalities which are very opposite from each other. While the sea is soft a saw has a hard edge. Both operate using pulling and pushing actions. The spin on an actual seesaw comes from two people working on opposite sides to create balance and produce a smooth up and down movement. This is the way Meg and Eve approach problem solving and how they work through their creative process.
Both women have a background in music. Meg has experience with more instruments including piano, cello, drums and guitar. She also possesses a degree in audio engineering and music business from Madison Media Institue. Eve plays the violin and guitar. She has a degree in painting and art education. The combination of diverse skills allows them to be in control of their music production and design with limited outside assistance. They recorded their new CD in Eve’s basement with Meg’s audio engineering skills then had outside help with editing and fine tuning.
Since their initial meeting in 2010 Seasaw has released three CD’s. Most recently they performed two CD release parties for “Too Much Of A Good Thing” at House of Rock in Eau Claire and High Noon Saloon in Madison. The new release consists of 11 tracks and is available on CD or 12” pink vinyl. The album cover is a creation of Eve’s artist friend Laura Collins. The artwork features a woman’s torso wearing a bikini who’s skin is bright pink from over exposure to the sun appropriately titled “Sunburn.” Eve said “The cover of your album is really important and has a strong impact.” The theme compliments the title of the CD. The sun starts out feeling great, beginning to tan, then we get too much and we burn which is painful and potentially harmful. Finally we peel and begin anew with a fresh layer of skin. The cycle represents different types of relationships as some are painful, but we recover and we start over. Each song on the CD is designed to build on this theme.
The duo’s success has recently skyrocketed. Meg recalls one of their first public performances. “It was my parents, my dog and three friends at an open mic.” Since then they have developed a strong following where fans even endured a rain delay that pushed the performance up to an 11:00 p.m. start time. They have succeeded in building their fan base with the help of booking agents such as “This Means War.” They have played several areas of Wisconsin and will be venturing to some out of state shows this year. They also performed last month at Summerfest in Milwaukee. They are booked solidly for shows around Wisconsin with a performance at Gates of Heaven on August 24th and High Noon Saloon on September 3rd, both in Madison. Eve said “I never thought in a million years that I would be doing this with Meg. She has all of these skills that you need to grow any small business.” Meg handles most of their technical needs and marketing while Eve takes care of the designs for promotional material including T-shirts.
When asked why people should come out to see them perform Meg said “We like to believe that our music is refreshing, engaging and thoughtful. What we produce is the result of a lot of hard work.”
For a list of upcoming tour dates and to order their CD “Too Much Of A Good Thing” visit http://www.singseasaw.com.