MANILA, Philippines—For anyone caught in the traps of love, being a fool for someone takes various forms, as that’s how love makes you betray your once firm principles. Dom Guyot took inspiration from such experience in writing new single “Fool.”
“I had a guy that I really fancied who seemed to show interest in me too,” he says, “And although he’s basically the type to break a heart, Miss Thang was gonna get her needs met one way or another, basically ignoring all the red flags and [playing the] fool.”
Contrary to Dom Guyot’s last album, which lamented the loss of a romance, “Fool” is lighter and more humorous. He asserts that the song makes fun of the way one’s desires cloud their judgment when in love. The song is quite similar to how a person reminisces on the past and just laughs at those missteps when talking about it with people who have experienced similar things. Guyot taps into this spirit in making his new track.
Guyot teamed up with longtime collaborator and instrumentalist Ana Luna, an independent musician and producer based in Cebu, on “Fool.” She aided him in producing the demo and provided some stems for the recording. He also collaborated with beatmaker and producer Lustbass, who has recently collaborated with several artists, including Fern, another UMG artist. He claims that the company’s artist-centered focus made him feel heard and acknowledged.
Guyot says that listening to a lot of R&B lately helped inspire his expectations for “Fool,” as he wanted it to be something he would listen to every day. While he is his biggest fan, he is also his biggest critic, as made evident by the song’s production.“The track went through a lot of changes, and ‘a lot’ is an understatement,” he says, “Probably [we had] around 8 alternate production drafts and 12 alternate mixes.”
“Fool” received its live debut in the much-anticipated UMUSIC FanVerse event. For Guyot, this song exemplifies what his music is: “It’s R&B. It’s soul. It’s sexy but witty. It’s technically demanding but lyrically lighthearted. It’s gay. It’s reality. It is a juxtaposition of these contrasting thoughts that cohesively go well together. And that is who I am. It is equally as posh and beautiful as it is unserious and rugged.”
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While he says that “Fool” mirrors the struggles of “many queer men looking for love and affection” in ways they couldn’t when they were younger, he also offers a more humorous reason to listen to the song, he says, “For every ten streams, a lonely bottom gets topped.”
“Fool” is now available on all music streaming platforms via Republic Records Philippines.