Nico Vega

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Nico Vega
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Nico Vega
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels Five Seven Music (2012–present)
MySpace Records (2007–2009)
Members Aja Volkman
Rich Koehler
Dan Epand
Past members Mike Peña
Jamila Weaver

Nico Vega is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2005 and consists of lead singer Aja Volkman, guitarist Rich Koehler, and drummer Dan Epand.[1]

Debut album Nico Vega (2009) featured production from Linda Perry (Pink, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani) and was mixed by Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Sheryl Crow).[2] Nico Vega signed with Five Seven Music and is set to release their second album, Lead To Light, July 22, 2014.

Nico Vega have toured with Gavin Rossdale (of Bush) (2009),[3] Neon Trees (2009, 2012),[4] Manic Street Preachers (2009-2010),[5] Metric (2010),[6] She Wants Revenge (2011),[7] Blondie (2011),[8] and Imagine Dragons (2010, 2013, 2014)[9] among others. They have also opened for No Doubt.[10]


Aja Volkman started writing songs while in high school in Eugene, Oregon. Later she moved to Los Angeles and started performing on her own. She had hoped to eventually form a band. That happened when one night after a show in 2005, Mike Peña approached her about singing with him and Rich Koehler.[11] The band called themselves Nico Vega after Mike's mother. However, in 2007 Mike left the band to pursue acting and enjoy fatherhood.[12] At that point, Dan Epand joined the band as their new drummer and has been a driving force behind their continued creativity.

Nico Vega (2009)[edit]

Nico Vega released several independent EPs and recorded their own videos to get their music out. In 2009, Nico Vega released their first full-length album on MySpace Records. Tim Edgar, a friend of the band, was the original producer although they had been trying to attract the attention of Linda Perry (Pink, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera). Linda eventually responded and produced three songs for the album: "So So Fresh", "Wooden Dolls" and "Gravity".[13][14] The album was mixed by Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Sheryl Crow).

Lead To Light (2014)[edit]

The band will release a second album titled Lead To Light via Five Seven Music on July 22, 2014.[15] Nico Vega's song "Beast", became very popular when featured in the trailer for the video game BioShock Infinite, resulting in more than 5 million streams and downloads. Single "I Believe (Get Over Yourself)" was co-written and produced by Dan Reynolds (of Imagine Dragons).[15] Nico Vega performed "I Believe (Get Over Yourself)" on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live.[16] NPR premiered track "I'm On Fire" via All Songs Considered.[17]

Nico Vega will perform at Reading and Leeds Festivals (2014).


Current members
  • Aja Volkman – Vocals (2005–present)
  • Rich Koehler – Guitar (2005–present)
  • Dan Epand – Drums (2007–present)
Former members
  • Michael Peña – Drums (2005–2007)
  • Jamila Weaver – Bass (2012–2013)

Media Appearances[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Nico Vega (2009)
  • Lead To Light (releasing July 22, 2014)[15]


  • Chooseyourwordspoorly (2006)
  • Cocaine Cooked the Brain (2007)
  • No Child Left Behind (2007)
  • Nico Vega Covers Nico Vega and Rod Stewart (2011)
  • Fury Oh Fury (2013)[20]



List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s) Album
"Burn Burn" 2009 SKINNY Nico Vega
"Gravity" 2010 Marcus Dunstan
"So So Fresh" 2012 N/A
"We Are The Art" Daniel Epand We Are the Art - Single
"Easier" Easier - Single
"Beast" 2013 Fury Oh Fury EP
"I Believe (Get Over Yourself)" 2014 "I Believe (Get Over Yourself)" - Single


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  3. ^ "Nico Vega and Gavin Rossdale – HOB Anaheim – Show Review | Racket Magazine". 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  4. ^ Merrill, Amy (2012-06-09). "Neon Trees Show Boise Love and Affection | Cobweb". Boise Weekly. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  5. ^ "Show Review: Manic Street Preachers and Nico Vega at The Fillmore, 9/24/09". 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  6. ^ "Music - Metric w/ Nico Vega - Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA (03.26.10)". Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Concert review: She Wants Revenge and Nico Vega cook at the Firebird, Tuesday, June 7 : KDHX Blog". 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
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  14. ^ "Nico Vega - Nico Vega | Credits". AllMusic. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
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  17. ^ "New Mix: Premieres From Nico Vega, Joe Henry, More : All Songs Considered". NPR. 2014-05-10. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  18. ^ "New Bioshock Infinite trailer - Beasts of America". Gamedot. 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  19. ^ "Themes « Drew Gulak « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  20. ^ "Nico Vega Unleash Heavy Hooks on 'Fury Oh Fury' EP Premiere | Music News". Rolling Stone. 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
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