EMQ’s with KILJIN
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Michigan based US Heavy Metal band KILJIN. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Trevor Aumaugher for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hi there. My name is Trevor Aumaugher and I am the lead guitarist and lead vocalist of The metal band KILJIN. We formed the band in 2020. We are a metal band who loves to perform and thrives on the energy of the audience!
How did you come up with your band name?
We came up with it on our own. We made it up off the top of our heads. We wanted to create a band name that no one else had in the world. That is why we went with KILJIN. We wanted a unique, stand-alone name that people have never heard before.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Michigan, located in the USA. The metal/rock scene here is wonderful. It’s a thriving scene where people can express themselves with heavy metal music and chaos. KILJIN is here to make it an even better place to be!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is our debut album entitled, “Master Of Illusion” which was recently released wherever music is streamed, including iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Napster and more.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Some of our biggest influences would have to be bands that we listened to growing up. Bands like, Metallica, Megadeth, Dio, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Queensrÿche, KISS, and more have been huge influences in our lives and on our music.
What first got you into music?
When I first saw KISS live as a boy, and I saw and felt all the excitement, is when I knew I wanted to be a performer and give a live show that would amaze and astonish. We all got instruments at a very young age, and from that point on, we thrived! We have all been performing since we were young.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
That’s a tough one. So many great bands have influenced us and there are MANY that we would be honoured to collaborate with. Some off the top of my head def would be KISS and maybe Metallica. For a current band, I would have to say, 5 Finger Death Punch or maybe Avenged Sevenfold.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
We would love to play OZZFEST because it would be great to perform with all the talented musicians that we look up too. Besides Woodstock, It’s one of the most recognizable festivals in the world and we would love to be a part of the chaos.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
The weirdest gift would have to be a homemade guitar pick made from a toenail (Okay, that’s definitely the winner so far – Rick), ALSO, once a fan gave us a little shrine that contained pictures of our heads glued to a Bonsai Tree? Not really sure what that was about or what the meaning was, but damn it was different. Lmao!!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you for all the support you have and continue to give KILJIN. A musician or band is NOTHING without fans. And make sure to hold on tight because KILJIN is about to take you on a chaotic ride of hardcore metal! It’s time we all make music what it’s supposed to be!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Tough one. David Bowie.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
We enjoy the energy of being on stage. Being in front of a huge crown that is screaming their heads off. We feel right at home when we’re in front of a roaring crowd and it makes us want to get crazy! The thing we hate the most is NOT performing.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
SCOUTING. We would like to see the day when a talented band can get heard and noticed through their talent and NOT on who they know in the business. SEND OUT THE SCOUTS!! Time to discover great music again! Start going to clubs and watching local bands. Scout out new talent.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
The first KISS album.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
All are awesome in their own ways. But my favs are CD’s and Downloads. Digital downloads make it easier than ever nowadays to get your music to the fans.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We have performed with MANY major acts in the past including Brett Michaels, Ratt, Candlebox, Quiet Riot and more, HOWEVER, our most fave performance was when we played a benefit for a young boy who wanted to see us live before he passed. I still get chills when I think about it and it was our fave show of all time. We happily performed for him and made it a show he would never forget!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I think I would go to law school or dental school. Become a Lawyer or Dentist.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Peewee Herman, Mr. Bean, Ernest P Worrell, and the trailer park boys. It would be a crazy, surreal party! LMAO
What’s next for the band?
Right now, we just released our debut album, “Master Of Illusion” which is available on ALL streaming platforms. Next, we are concentrating on advertising the band and growing a following. We cannot perform live right now because of the Covid pandemic, so right now we’re just recording music and getting ready for our “Master of Illusion Tour” which will be kicking off in the, hopefully. near future. We also can’t wait to get back in the studio and work on our next album. We got a bunch more songs written and ready to record.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We have a website at:
You can also find us on:
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Just want to say…Stay Rock N Roll!
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