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 80s he started playing small clubs with his band Winchester, and gained notoriety in the province of Bologna with the soft-rock band White Lady. In 1991 he placed 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 the same name. In 1993 he placed 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). “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 was performed by Mietta.
In the summer of 1994, he released “Calore Umano”, his third album, and placed second at the Festival Italiano, and (with Giorgia) won the European Award as best young Italian pop artist. After signing to WEA (now Warner Music, and still his label), in 1997 he took part in the Sanremo Festival, in the “Star” category, with a song that was destined to become a massive hit: “Laura non c’è”. The huge success of the single boosted sales of the fourth album “Lei, gli amici e tutto il resto”, which sold over 600,000 copies in Italy alone, and two million copies worldwide. Nek’s transformation into a major international artist was complete when the album was released throughout Latin America, reaching gold status in Argentina and Mexico in its Spanish version.
Nek’s fifth album, “In due” was released in June 1998. The single “Se io non avessi te” immediately topped the sales charts and ranked high in all the major radio play charts for over four months. The album went three times platinum in Italy, platinum in Spain, and gold in Austria, Switzerland and Argentina. His sixth album “La vita è” (2000) and seventh, “Le cose da difendere” (2002) showed how much Nek had matured as a songwriter.
In 2003, Nek’s first greatest hits compilation was released, in both Italian and Spanish versions. “Nek: the Best of… L’anno Zero” crowned an immensely successful ten years by offering hits taken from the seven previous albums, plus two unreleased tracks, “Almeno stavolta” and “L’anno zero.” The album sold over 250,000 copies in Italy alone, and soared to the top of the charts, where it stayed for 27 weeks, 13 of those in the Top Ten.
His eighth album of original material, “Una parte di me,” was released in 2005, and the next year Nek released “Nella stanza 26”/”En el cuarto 26” which soon climbed Italy’s Top Ten Charts. In July 2007 he received the prestigious “Premio Lunezia” prize for “Poetry in Music”. This Italian award is given to the most successful and appreciated singer-songwriter. That summer Nek recorded the duet of “Para ti seria” with Rachel, singer of the famous Spanish band “El sueno de Morfeo”. In January, 2009 Nek released “Un’altra direzione”, a new album with 12 new originals and the duet version of “Walking away” with UK artist Craig David.
"I had a pleasure to hear the sound of Markbass in the studio and on previous tours thanks to Paolo Costa, and I always appreciated the greatness of the gear,” says Nek. “For "The Quartet Experience" 2010 Summer Tour, where I sing and play harp and bass in a stripped-down format accompanied by two guitarists and a drummer, I’m very happy to use Markbass because I need a setup that really fills out the sound. When I received my Markbass rig and started tour rehearsals, I immediately liked the usability and versatility of the Little Mark Tube 800. The MoMark head is even more extraordinary… the T1M-HE is a top-level quality preamp, and matched with the Standard cabinets, this stack is AMAZING!”