Drummer And Entrepreneur Camellia Akhamie Kies speaks to T.L. Mazumdar
While best known for her prolific Social Media content showcasing her unique hybrid approach to drums, percussion, spoken word, and DJ'ing, behind the powerhouse of the positive force that is Camellia Akhamie Kies, is a military veteran, a mother, an entrepreneur, and the deep soul of a fierce and positive energy that overcomes real-life obstacles with the grace and skill aptly representative of the same. In this long-form deep dive into the journey that has been, we cover a broad range of topics including the impact of a nomadic childhood on artists, balancing athletic and musical lifestyles, the 'goo' between 16th notes, the power of choice in times of pain and motherhood as an internationally touring professional musician.
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Camellia Akhamie Kies is the founder and CEO of
Akhamie Music, LLC & Beach Drum Shed ™, she is a military veteran, a graduate from the Navy School of Music, and a graduate from the University of Maryland University College.
Camellia currently holds a BS in Digital Media & Web Technology, a minor in Business Administration, and a Certification in Management Foundations
Born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1989, Camellia expressed deep interest in music from a very young age. During High School she began to study drums and percussion privately with Myles Overton III from The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own". For several years during and after High School Overton mentored and trained Camellia in all areas of drums and percussion.
In June 2008 Camellia graduated from Woodbridge Senior High School, and shortly after receiving her diploma she auditioned and was accepted into the United States Navy Music Program, she served 6 years in the US Navy Fleet Band as a full time drummer and percussionist, she lived in Yokosuka, Japan for the majority of her service and while she was stationed there she traveled the Pacific Rim performing in over fifteen countries with the US Navy 7th Fleet Band.
Camellia's stage presence and musicianship are electrifying, she has always been called a crowd favorite by spectators and band mates.