British rapper Mike Skinner is already regretting returning to the spotlight with new band The D.O.T. just weeks after heading out on tour.

Skinner announced he was retiring his hit group The Streets last year (11) after its fifth album Computers and Blues, and there was speculation he would move into acting after the Dry Your Eyes hitmakers' farewell concerts.

He stunned fans weeks later when it emerged he was working with former The Music frontman Robert Harvey on a new musical project titled The D.O.T. - but Skinner is already suffering the strain after taking his new act on the road for a string of dates throughout October and November (12).

In a post on his official website, he writes, "I'll have done more going out in this fortnight than the rest of the year combined. Don't let anyone tell you that going out every night isn't anything but hard graft (work). Whoever does this for a living I do not envy. I don't want you to see me like this, I'm fat, my eyes are red and I'm considering getting a job."