In college, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden mocked rock stars and formed MGMT.
MGMT is an indie rock band that was formed in 2002 and has defied the odds in more ways than one.
The group, which was founded by two instrumentalists, rose to prominence early on for their songs mocking the rock star lifestyle and the music industry.
Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden may have started their band as a way to make fun of the industry, but they're still going strong today - despite the fact that their lifestyles have changed dramatically since their days as indie rock darlings.
According to AllMusic, Goldwasser and VanWyngarden became friends as students at Wesleyan University.
They discovered they shared a similar taste in music.
They worked on a sound that combined rock noise and electronica over the next few years.
They officially formed the band that would later be known as MGMT in 2002.
Even as they studied, Goldwasser and VanWyngarden composed new music.
They began touring extensively after graduating from Wesleyan University in 2005 to promote their EP Time to Pretend.
Surprisingly, Goldwasser and VanWyngarden never intended their band to be a "serious" rock band in the first place.
Rather, they discovered that they enjoyed playing with the idea of what a rock star should be. "That was the whole shtick of the band when we started," Goldwasser told The Guardian, referring to some of the lyrics on Time to Pretend that read, "Let's make some music, make some money, find some models for wives."
MGMT became a sensation, despite Goldwasser and VanWyngarden's best efforts.
They released their debut album in 2007, quickly expanded their studio band, and began writing music almost nonstop for the next few years.
MGMT was hailed as a band to watch by publications such as Rolling Stone.
With fans of all ages, their song "Kids" became a pop-punk anthem.
However, as the band's popularity grew, Goldwasser and VanWyngarden realized that life at the top wasn't so bad after all.
The duo decided to stop releasing music on a regular basis.
They took a break from the grind in 2015 to pursue their own passions.
Then, in 2019, they reunited.
In 2019, MGMT launched their new independent label, but the band that fans fell in love with has evolved significantly over the years.
According to the Guardian, Goldwasser and VanWyngarden have a strained relationship.
"We've gone through different phases of hanging out and being, like, normal friends," VanWyngarden admitted, "and that's not easy these days because Ben lives in Los Angeles."
According to The Guardian, with the two founding members of MGMT living in different time zones and even writing songs via email, the band's comradeship may not be what it once was.
Furthermore, both VanWyngarden and Goldwasser have amassed considerable wealth.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, VanWyngarden has a net worth of around $14 million, while Goldwasser has a net worth of around $12 million, according to Idol Net Worth.
In one of his songs, VanWyngarden joked about finding models to marry.
He's now famous for his relationships with a number of high-profile models, including Camille Rowe.
While MGMT may not be the same band they once were, devoted fans continue to love and support the duo despite their ups and downs.