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Nico Vega
Nico Vega.jpgNico Vega
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
  • Alternative rock
Years active2005–present (on an indefinite hiatus)
  • Five Seven Music
  • MySpace Records
MembersAja Volkman
Rich Koehler
Dan Epand
Past membersMike Peña
Jamila Weaver

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

The group has released two albums Nico Vega (2009)[2] and Lead To Light (2014).[3][4][5] Billboard described Lead To Light as possessing "some of the most unstoppable pop-rock hooks heard all year."[4]


  • 1 History
    • 1.1 Nico Vega (2009)
    • 1.2 Lead To Light (2014)
    • 1.3 Indefinite Hiatus
  • 2 Members
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Studio albums
    • 3.2 EPs
    • 3.3 Singles
  • 4 Videography
  • 5 References


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.[6] The band called themselves Nico Vega after Mike's mother. However, in 2007 Mike left the band to pursue acting and enjoy fatherhood.[7] At that point, Dan Epand joined the band as their new drummer and has been a driving force behind their continued creativity.

Nico Vega have garnered a reputation as an exciting live band, touring with Gavin Rossdale (of Bush) (2009),[8] Neon Trees (2009, 2012),[9] Manic Street Preachers (2009-2010),[10] Metric (2010),[11] She Wants Revenge (2011),[12] Blondie (2011),[13] and Imagine Dragons (2010, 2013, 2014)[14] among others. They have also opened for No Doubt.[15]

Nico Vega (2009)

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 via MySpace Records. The album was co-produced by Tim Edgar, a friend of the band, and Linda Perry (Pink, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera). Linda produced three songs for the album: "So So Fresh", "Wooden Dolls" and "Gravity".[16][17] The album was mixed by Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Sheryl Crow). In 2013, Nico Vega released the Fury Oh Fury EP[18] and re-released single "Beast", which garnered national popularity when it featured in the video game BioShock Infinite, resulting in more than 5 million streams and downloads. Drummer Dan Epand also features on the recent project of Andy Summers (of The Police), Circa Zero.[19][20]

Lead To Light (2014)

Second album Lead To Light was released via Five Seven Music on July 22, 2014.[21] The album was co-produced by Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons), Tony Hoffer (Beck, Fitz and the Tantrums, M83) and Tim Edgar (Nico Vega).[22] Single "I Believe (Get Over Yourself)" was co-written by Dan Reynolds (of Imagine Dragons).[21] Nico Vega performed "I Believe (Get Over Yourself)" on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live.,[23] and was featured in the trailer for season 4 of the American Television show Girls. Track "Lightning" were co-written with members of She Wants Revenge. NPR premiered track "I'm On Fire" via All Songs Considered and offered it as a free download.[24] USA Today premiered track "No Home".[25]

Nico Vega performed at Life Is Beautiful Festival (2013), The Great Escape Festival (2014), and Reading and Leeds Festivals (2014).

Indefinite Hiatus

On June 6, 2016, Aja Volkman announced in a post on the band's official Facebook page, that Nico Vega was taking an indefinite hiatus. Aja went on to apologize to fans for not staying in better communication, while also thanking fans for their continued support over the years. In regard to if this meant the band was breaking up, Aja said, "I can't say that it's over forever, because nobody knows the future. But it is over for now."


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)

Studio albums

  • Nico Vega (2009)[2]
  • Lead To Light (2014)[3] Heatseekers #9


  • Chooseyourwordspoorly (2006)[26]
  • Cocaine Cooked the Brain (2007)[27]
  • No Child Left Behind (2007)
  • Nico Vega Covers Nico Vega and Rod Stewart (2011)[28]
  • Fury Oh Fury (2013)[29] Heatseekers #17


  • "Beast" (2009, rereleased 2013)[30][31]
  • "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" (2013)[32]
  • "I Believe (Get Over Yourself)" (2014)[33][34]
  • "Perfect Day" (2015)


  1. ^ "Nico Vega". The Lab Magazine. 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  2. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Nico Vega by Nico Vega". 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  3. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Lead To Light by Nico Vega". 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
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  6. ^ Matthews, Edward (2014-02-13). "Nico Vega aiming for wider reach". Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  7. ^ Jeff Hahne (January 27, 2009). "Nico Vega blog". Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  8. ^ "Nico Vega and Gavin Rossdale – HOB Anaheim – Show Review | Racket Magazine". 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  9. ^ Merrill, Amy (2012-06-09). "Neon Trees Show Boise Love and Affection | Cobweb". Boise Weekly. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  10. ^ "Show Review: Manic Street Preachers and Nico Vega at The Fillmore, 9/24/09". 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  11. ^ "Music - Metric w/ Nico Vega - Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA (03.26.10)". Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  12. ^ "Concert review: She Wants Revenge and Nico Vega cook at the Firebird, Tuesday, June 7 : KDHX Blog". 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  13. ^ Ray Cummings (2011-09-29). "Blondie, Nico Vega". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  14. ^ Cody Clark (2013-05-16). "Nico Vega in sync with Imagine Dragons at UCCU Center : The Ticket". Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  15. ^ "Video: Nico Vega - "We Are The Art"". Indie Rock Reviews. 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  16. ^ "Ready For Another Gear Change - Nico Vega". Gigwise. 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  17. ^ "Nico Vega - Nico Vega | Credits". AllMusic. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  18. ^ "Nico Vega Unleash Heavy Hooks on 'Fury Oh Fury' EP Premiere | Music News". Rolling Stone. 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  19. ^ "Nico Vega Drummer Dan Epand Checks In". 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  20. ^ "Circa Zero Performs "Levitation"". YouTube. 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  21. ^ a b "PRESS RELEASE: Nico Vega Launches New Single "I Believe" Kicks Off Tour with Imagine Dragons". Nico Vega. 2014-02-10. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  22. ^ "Nico Vega Premieres Hook-Filled New LP 'Lead to Light' (Listen)". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  23. ^ ""I Believe (Get Over Yourself) (Big Morning Buzz Live)" by Nico Vega | Show Performance". 2014-05-06. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  24. ^ "New Mix: Premieres From Nico Vega, Joe Henry, More : All Songs Considered". NPR. 2014-05-10. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  25. ^ "Song premiere: Nico Vega opens the doors to 'No Home'". 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  26. ^ "iTunes - Music - chooseyourwordspoorly by Nico Vega". 2006-04-03. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  27. ^ "iTunes - Music - Cocaine Cooked the Brain by Nico Vega". 2007-07-31. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  28. ^ "iTunes - Music - Nico Vega Covers Nico Vega & Rod Stewart - EP by Nico Vega". 2011-01-24. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  29. ^ "iTunes - Music - Fury Oh Fury EP by Nico Vega". 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  30. ^ "Nico Vega - Beast". YouTube. 2013-02-06. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  31. ^ "iTunes - Music - Beast (Extended Version) - Single by Nico Vega". 2013-07-09. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  32. ^ "iTunes - Music - Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Single by Nico Vega". 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  33. ^ "Nico Vega - I Believe (Get Over Yourself)". YouTube. 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  34. ^ "iTunes - Music - I Believe (Get Over Yourself) - Single by Nico Vega". 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 

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