We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott Tournet and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Scott, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m now old enough to be from a lot of places but I was born in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. I grew up the youngest of three boys which definitely impacted who I am today. When you’re the youngest, you’re never the best at anything. You’re always the smallest, slowest, first to bed, etc. You have to fight extra hard to keep up. It taught me how to keep up with the pack and how to learn quickly on the fly.

When I was 10 we moved from our normal house on an acre to an undeveloped plot of land on 30 acres. I was the at the top of a mountain and a long way out of town. We moved into an RV while we cleared trees for where the house would go. It turned out that there were no electric poles going up that far so to bring electricity to the house was going to be a ton of money that we didn’t have. Plan B came in the form of a generator that we would leave on for about 45 minutes a day. During that time we would turn on all the lights, crank the radios, and do the wash. At first we were really roughing it with kerosene lamps and an ice box but over time we got a gas fridge and lights. We even learned how to power our black and white TV with a car battery. It was a unique upbringing.

At the time and into my teens I was embarrassed because we were different. As I got into my twenties and became a creative type I realized that it helped make me who I am. There was a lot of solitude and days where I’d be by myself for hours at a time. My parents worked and my brothers were old enough to drive. On some summer or weekend days I’d have all day to fill. I’d journey through the woods, make up songs, play on my battery powered casio keyboard, check out my dad’s and brother’s tape collection. Listen to the radio. There was no cell phone, no social media, no 24 hour news, 3 channels on the TV…it was a great environment to learn how to create and use your imagination.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
At this stage I am most proud and excited about the fact that my band, Elektric Voodoo, is still functioning after 2 years of a pandemic. Being a band that plays original music is a difficult path to follow. Throw in a pandemic and it’s near impossible but we’ve really come together and show great faith in the project. I work with great guys.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Breakfast at Swami’s across the road from the Self-Actualization Center up in Encinitas followed by a quiet walk along the cliffs and gardens at the Center. Cruise down to Torrey Pines for the afternoon. Sushi at RK Sushi in Mission Hills for lunch. Check out the public library downtown. The Art Gallery and ancient books floors are my favorites. That and the view from the roof. Dinner at Cucina Urbana across from Balboa Park. A walk in the park is always nice.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom and dad. Artie and Chere Tournet. They’ve had my back through the whole journey.

Website: www.elektricvoodoo.com

Instagram: @elektricvoodoo

Twitter: @scotttournet

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elektricvoodoo

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ElektricVoodoo

Other: www.scotttournet.net

Image Credits
all photos are paid for or shot by band members.

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