The above link is to an article where Johnny Depp discusses his distaste for actors who use their fame to start bands. Depp plays music with others on the side, but would never form his own project because most people would only want to see it due to fame.
I was trying to think of people that were famous in one career, that moved over into music later in life, and there isn’t many that I can think of that actually made valid music. David Lynch has gone from being a director to creating valid music at times, even releasing solo records. However, Lynch has always been sort of a Renaissance man. He was involved in the music and sound design of many of his films. He wrote the lyrics for the Julee Cruise albums that him and Angelo Badalamenti did with her. I think someone like Lynch is the exception and not the rule though.
One of the things that is really troubling in Austin is that you see a lot of the young rich starting bands and taking up club slots on the weekends. The tech industry is really big in Austin. You will have these guys that are rich by the time they are in their 30’s start up these massively funded bands, taking slots away from working musicians. If they were any good one could possibly ignore it. Although I’m sure one of those kinds of bands is actually decent, most of them are terrible. Sure, they are usually professional, as they can afford to buy good equipment, pay for promotion, take professional photographs, buy good looking stage outfits, etc. However, the music itself is usually the worst kind of cliched nonsense. It may seem like I am jealous, and I do feel it is an insult to people that have spent years honing their craft, but really I just wish my ears wouldn’t be polluted by so much nonsense. The 1% will not only own 50% of the wealth by 2016, but are also pumping out more than their fair share of sonic gibberish. There are some that will refuse to believe me, and will think that this is some kind of personal vindictiveness, but I would so rather hear rich guys making amazing music than poor people making total shite. However, this is rarely the case. Most of these “weekend warrior” bands are making, to quote Keith Richards when talking of Mick Jagger’s solo album, “dogshit in the doorway”.