Before Cow Chop was even an idea, James and Aleks were a part of The Creatures, a YouTube channel that consisted of skits, movie reviews, games, and road trips. During their involvement in the group, James and Aleks - in their free time - constantly streamed together playing games or performing skits or other random activities. James and Aleks' incredible chemistry together was enjoyed by fans of them and The Creatures.
The first mention of James and Aleks putting a project together came from Creature Talk Ep. 151 where James mentioned that the picture on the television is for a future project. This brought about speculation among the community on what they had planned.
During the same time, James tweeted out a cow emoji but did not reveal the reason behind doing so.
Approximately 3 months later, not long before the new project is revealed, James gave a sneak preview of their project. In JAMES HUB 3.0, he held up a pillow without Aleks' permission that had a cow pattern printed on it. This is later to be known as one of the pillows to the Cow Chop Couch.
After their departure from The Creatures, James and Aleks finally revealed their project to the community through the video, appropriately titled, "FIRST VIDEO" to their new channel. The videos released on the channel were filmed within the Creatures office as they were in the process of moving to a different location.