Sitting at the Century Hong Kong Hotel in Wan Chai, British band Starsailor's vocalist James Walsh looks weary. The frontman caught a cold during their first tour of Japan a couple of days before arriving in Hong Kong for their gig at Hong Kong Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai, earlier this month. With time short, their schedule was packed with a series of press meetings and promotions which continued right up until the moment they left for their sound check. 'It's just the tiredness and getting run down. When everyone else goes home to rest and have a break, I go home to my baby,' said Walsh, who is the father of a 14-month-old girl. 'I wouldn't change it for the world, but every so often I get a cold and feel ill because of all the sleepless nights.' Going on road for their first Asian tour, Walsh has had to leave behind his girlfriend and baby, who followed the band when they were touring to promote their second album, Silence Is Easy, in Europe. 'We brought [the baby] out to Europe a lot. But I think she is too young to cope with the time differences and long flights. Next year, maybe we'll bring her out,' said Walsh, sipping a herbal infusion. Walsh, drummer Ben Byrne, 26, bassist James Stelfox, 27, and keyboard player Barry Westhead, 26, who met at Leigh Music College, released their first album Love Is Here two years ago. Their latest offering was written and recorded while Walsh's girlfriend was pregnant, and some of the tracks reflect his feelings about becoming a father. For instance, the track Telling Them is about breaking the good news to his girlfriend's family. 'I had to go to Northern Ireland to tell my girlfriend's parents that she was pregnant, which was quite scary,' he recalled. 'Born Again was also written when she was pregnant. It was quite an emotional time and had a big influence on the songs.' Walsh has been singing and playing piano since a very young age, but did not get serious about the guitar until four years ago when the band needed a player. 'I first started playing guitar about eight years ago, but I was just kind of playing for fun really, didn't know what I was doing. In the last four years, I have to improve my style and learn it properly because of my role in the band,' he explained. 'It is a kind of tool of songwriting really.' Since then, he has used the instrument to explore different sounds. 'What we're doing now is all about creativity and inspiration. If you are too bogged down in rules, you are only going over old ground. That's why we prefer not to know what chords and scales are or anything. I'd rather discover it by myself, it feels more spontaneous,' said the vocalist, adding that he can't read music. Now the band are gaining a name for themselves worldwide, Walsh admitted fame has changed his life. 'Just being noticed now is strange and satisfying,' he said. 'Sometimes you get noticed too much, you just want a bit of privacy. Everyone expects you to have a big personality all the time, but sometimes you've got nothing to say.' But as the band always remind themselves, they want to keep their egos in check and focus on creating music. 'If you start thinking you are the greatest then you're into trouble, that's when all goes wrong,' Walsh said.