With chart-topping hits from Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas, and Pitbull in his repertoire, music producer Paul Blair — who goes by the name DJ White Shadow — just put his mark on the big screen again with the third remake of “A Star Is Born,” in theaters now.
Movie director and star Bradley Cooper tapped Lady Gaga to play opposite him in the musical romance drama. Wherever there’s Gaga, there’s likely Blair alongside her. Blair spearheaded her portion of the tender, raw and passionate soundtrack. “Every song she sings, we wrote together,” the Chicago resident shares.
Blair had even more to say when asked about his road to success.
Was there anything that surprised you about the movie-making process? It’s like writing for a real person, it’s just a different person. It’s cool; you write the songs and then they become part of the dialogue in the movie. And then the dialogue wraps around the lyrics of your song, which is pretty rad. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to experience that again in my career. It’s pretty cool to watch Bradley Cooper talk about a song that we wrote for a character in the movie. It’s dope.
Why are you and Lady Gaga such a great team? We just understand each other very well. She’s like my sister. Being comfortable is a key part of being creative and we’re just really comfortable around each other. I’m not writing songs for my friend Lady Gaga, I’m writing songs with my friend Lady Gaga for her character, which is difficult but it just took a second for us to wrap our heads around. It was really fun once we got into it.
What advice would you give to young people looking to make their way in music? Looking back at those times when [I] had $5 in my bank account, that part’s hard. Rejection is hard. You have to be able to navigate a boat through a storm for an undetermined period of time that [may] never stop. You have to wake up every day and hustle like it’s your last second on the planet.
When did you feel like you made it? Never. There won’t ever be a time. I don’t care who you are, the world can be pulled out from under you at any second. If you think you made it at any point, you’re wrong. There’s other people who will take your spot.
What’s a highlight of your career so far? Today was good. Tomorrow’s going to be better. I don’t really think like that. I literally just ordered all my [accolade] plaques this year. And the only reason is because [a friend] said, “You don’t need to brag about your accomplishments or dwell on them, but you should wake up knowing you did this, this and this. Don’t make it define you, but you should keep in mind that you made some cool stuff.” I still haven’t hung them up yet. They’re in plastic on my floor, but I’ll get there.
“A Star Is Born” is in theaters now.