SSMF Profiles: Nico Vega

By: Brent X Mendoza

Thursday, August 18 kicks off the first official start of SSMF; and to “ring in” this year’s festival, The Roxy Theatre and 98.7 Close to Home proudly present the indie rock pride of Los Angeles: Nico Vega.

Celebrating the release of their Nico Vega covers Nico Vega and Rod Stewart EP (yup that’s really the title!) released earlier this year, the band has a set chock-full of new material planned for those lucky enough to be in attendance.

Before heading out to the big show, catch up with front woman/siren songstress Aja Volkman as she updates us on the band’s latest happs.


What other Sunset Strip Music Festival bands/artists are you most looking forward to seeing?

Imagine Dragons! They are playing at The Roxy on the 20th at 4pm I think. I am excited for a lot of different bands: Semi Precious Weapons, Eastern Conference Champions, and I am really excited to see Matt and Kim.

What inspired the Nico Vega covers Nico Vega and Rod Stewart EP? Do you think Rod Stewart is aware of your homage/dedication? Thoughts on future covers of “Hot Legs” and/or “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”

Hahaha! I don’t know if he is aware of it. I think “Young Turks” is a really fun song. The whole EP was a place saver for the band while we finish our next record, and covering Rod Stewart just made the whole thing more fun!

What’s the status of a new full length? Are a continuous flow of EPs a more savy way to go with the current state of the music biz?

Possibly… but we are big fans of making a whole record. An EP is a good way to get the singles out before you drop the whole record, but I’m not sure how we will do it yet. I am really happy with how the record is sounding. I can’t wait for it to drop. We are in the studio every day right now fine tuning it.

Your band bio refers to Nico Vega as a sort of “modern day saint.” If they were making a comic book inspired movie with St. Nico Vega as the central character, what sort of superpowers would she have? Who would be her nemesis?

I think she would be a regular person with a great ability to love. I think the inability to love everyone is one of the main weaknesses of the human way; the isolated separation between people… Even your next door neighbor is a stranger. How often do you walk around treating everybody with the trust and kindness that you would treat a close friend with? If there is one way we could benefit from St. Nico Vega I think that she would carry a message of unconditional love and oneness. It’s something that I constantly have to work on because I am shy in social settings. Except of course on stage! I don’t think Nico Vega has any enemies.

The band has a pretty tight knit fan base. What’s the coolest/creepiest/most extravagant gift you’ve ever received from a fan?

Hmmm… Good question. The coolest was either the framed silk screened Nico Vega posters sent to us from St. Louis, or the gold necklace that was blessed by a monk that a man gave me. Nobody is really creepy, but the funniest is probably the underwear women throw at me on stage. It’s a really nice gesture, and I completely appreciate it, but I’m already wearing underwear. I don’t need to borrow some!


Thursday, Aug 18 Nico Vega takes the stage along with Eastern Conference Champions, State Line Empire, Goldenspell, and Incan Abraham. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are, you guessed it, $9.87.