Nico Vega

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Nico Vega
Nico Vega (Photo by Frank Ockenfels).jpg
Left to right: Dan Epand, Aja Volkman, Jamila Weaver, Rich Koehler
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California
GenresAlternative rock
Years active2005–present
LabelsMySpace Records (2007–2009)
Five Seven Music (2012–present)
WebsiteNicoVega.com
MembersAja Volkman
Rich Koehler
Dan Epand
Past membersMike Peña
 
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Nico Vega
Nico Vega (Photo by Frank Ockenfels).jpg
Left to right: Dan Epand, Aja Volkman, Jamila Weaver, Rich Koehler
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California
GenresAlternative rock
Years active2005–present
LabelsMySpace Records (2007–2009)
Five Seven Music (2012–present)
WebsiteNicoVega.com
MembersAja Volkman
Rich Koehler
Dan Epand
Past membersMike Peña

Nico Vega is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2005 by Mike Peña, named after his mother.[1] The band consists of lead singer Aja Volkman, guitarist Rich Koehler, and drummer Dan Epand.

Nico Vega released several independent EPs and recorded their own videos to get their music out. Their hard work paid off when they got the attention of famed rock manager Doc McGhee of McGhee Entertainment. They already had a recording contract with MySpace Records and soon recorded their first full-length album titled Nico Vega. Linda Perry produced three of the songs on the album while the rest were produced by Tim Edgar. The album was mixed by Tchad Blake.

They were very active in 2009 touring with Bush singer Gavin Rossdale, Semi Precious Weapons, Neon Trees, Manic Street Preachers, and Shiny Toy Guns. In 2010 they toured with The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Metric, Sweethead, Saint Motel, and Imagine Dragons. In 2011 they toured with She Wants Revenge and Blondie. In 2012 they toured with Neon Trees. In 2013 they toured with Imagine Dragons, Atlas Genius, and Crash Kings. They will tour with Imagine Dragons in 2014. In 2009 the band performed three songs on Last Call with Carson Daly.

History[edit]

Aja
Rich
Dan

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. The band called themselves Nico Vega after Mike's mother. However, in 2007 Mike left the band to pursue acting and enjoy fatherhood.[2] At that point, Dan Epand joined the band as their new drummer and has been a driving force behind their continued creativity.

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. Linda eventually responded and produced three songs for the album: "So So Fresh", "Wooden Dolls" and "Gravity".

The band is currently working on an album titled We Are The Art to be released via Five Seven Music in Spring of 2013. The band released the title track "We Are The Art" via Vice with a free download in October 2012. The video was written and directed by Daniel Epand, the band's drummer. In December 2012, Nico Vega released the single "Easier" from their upcoming album. Nico Vega's song "Beast", became very popular when featured in the trailer for the video game BioShock Infinite.

Members[edit]

Current members
Former members

In popular culture[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

Videography[edit]

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
TitleYearDirector(s)Album
"Burn Burn"2009SKINNYNico Vega
"Gravity"2010Marcus Dunstan
"So So Fresh"2012N/A
"We Are The Art"Daniel EpandWe Are the Art
"Beast"2013Fury Oh Fury EP

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