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Filippo Neviani was born in Sassuolo (Modena) on January.6, 1972. He began playing drums and guitar at nine years of age. In the second half of the 1980s he began searching for a well-defined expressive identity: he started playing in small clubs with his band “Winchester”, and subsequently enjoyed budding notoriety in the Bologna province with soft-rock band “White Lady”. In 1991 he came second at the Castrocaro Song Festival, which at the time represented a major promotional opportunity for emerging artists.

His stage name Nek dates back to 1992, when his first album was released with that same title: “Nek”. Despite being a newcomer to the music business, Filippo immediately displays considerable artistic talent and great sensitivity in choosing the subject matter of his songs: in 1993 he came third in the New Talents Section of the Sanremo Festival, with the song “In te”, that dealt with the controversial issue of abortion (inspired by a musician friend’s true experience), and first revealed the unending love for life which still characterises his work. “In te” was also the title of Nek’s second album, which included a version of his song “Figli di chi”, also entered in the ’93 Sanremo Festival and performed by Mietta.

In the summer of 1994 he released “Calore Umano”, his third album, and came second at the Festival Italiano, hosted by Mike Bongiorno, with the song “Angeli nel ghetto”.


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