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Gardnerville native Feeki ready for Vans Warped Tour

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Feeki, a hip hop artist from Gardnerville, is setting out with the Vans Warped Tour this summer.

Alex Ficco, better known as "Feeki," has grown an online following and is shooting to the top of the hip-hop community's list of rising new stars.

Who is this guy?

At 25, he has been rapping since he was about 6 years old. Growing up in Gardnerville, he played the bass in a rock band from age 12 to 15. His real love was motocross, but after turning pro, an injury curtailed his racing career. He later moved to Reno and focused on a new passion: music.

Feeki spent thousands of hours writing his lyrics, perfecting his craft, assembling his team, recording his tracks — and then made his move.

After his stage debut, he opened for Flo Rida at Reno Events Center, headlined at LEX Nightclub, appeared on Viceland's "Payday" TV show, released his seven-song EP titled "Unbound," and performed a 10-day multi state small venue tour.

His following includes fans from as far away as Australia.

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"Everything I write just comes from life experiences, what I believe in, and what I'm dealing with at the moment. If you listen to my music, there is definitely an underlying theme of hard work, dedication, ambition, and going huge," he said.

After earning airplay on Reno's Swag FM 104.9, announcer Tony Tone said, "Feeki's music has the potential to go head to head with any artist in the majors. The hip-hop community in Reno has been patiently waiting for an artist to really pierce through to the music spotlight, and I think Feeki is gonna be the first."

Feeki boasts 2 million Spotify plays; 500,000 Sound Cloud plays; 132,000 Facebook likes with 12 million video views; 10,000 YouTube followers with 1.5 million views; 2,600 Twitter followers, and 9,700 Instagram followers.

Also, the artist has merchandise including T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, hoodies, bandanas, lanyards, posters, and stickers available online. They can be purchased at badtouchsupply.com.

Beginning in Seattle today, Feeki will be traveling throughout the U.S. to all 41 Vans Warped Tour stops. He is joined by his team, Gardnerville's Neil Luzzi, Thee Trash Wizard, his DJ, and Carson City's J.P. Preston of JP Films, a videographer.

The rock tour, established in 1995, travels throughout the United States each summer. It is the largest national traveling music festival and also the longest-running touring music festival in North America.

Vans, the shoe manufacturing company, sponsored the second tour in 1996, when it became known as the Vans Warped Tour.