Movers and Shakers: Nico Vega On Top

Posted April 12

Touring, a sneak peek EP and an upcoming album have catapulted alt rock band Nico Vega to the top of the Next Big Sound chart.

The band, based in Los Angeles, is not new to the music scene – singer Aja Volkman, guitarist Rich Koehler and drummer Mike Peña formed the band in 2005. Peña later left the band and was replaced by drummer Dan Epand, and they are currently joined by bassist Jamila Weaver. Early on Nico Vega self-released a few EPs and dropped their first full-length with Myspace Records in 2009, and have since been working on their upcoming album We Are The Art. They decided to release the EP Fury Oh Fury with Five Seven Music in early February, to give fans a taste of what was to come.

While Nico Vega has steadily been building their core fanbase over the years, they are now exploding on to the scene. Looking at their data from the past three months, they have added more than 8,000 new Facebook page likes, close to 35 percent of their total, and 3,400 followers on Twitter, which is 464 percent increase from the previous three-month period. There is also a massive spike in their Vevo video views following the release of a new video for the song “Beast,” the anthem track off the band’s first album. Around 450,000 views on their channel makes up an increase in new views by more than 2,300 percent.

And their numbers are still on the rise. In the two weeks leading up to their chart placement, the band saw more than 180,000 views on YouTube, 125,000 on Vevo, and more than 6,000 spins on Rdio, a boost of 187 percent compared to the fortnight before.

With Volkman’s infant daughter in tow, Nico Vega have been on an extensive tour to promote the new EP and upcoming album, billed alongside indie rock band Imagine Dragons (Volkman’s hubby is frontman Dan Reynolds) and Australian upstart Atlas Genius. They rocked a private concert at the Pandora offices in San Francisco this past Tuesday and have several more tour dates scheduled, including a stop at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Considering everything that is going on, Nico Vega is certainly making a stir in the industry, and look as though they are here to stay. Who else is excited for the album this summer?

Photo Credit: Screengrab from official music video for “Beast” on VEVO.

Liv Buli is the resident data journalist for music analytics company Next Big Sound. Buli is a graduate of New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and her work has appeared in Newsweek Daily Beast, The New York Times Local East Village, Hypebot and more.