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.
Camellia is a highly experienced musician, and entertainer. She has a great personality, attitude, and she is a pleasure to work with.
If you are looking to take any event to the next level,
make sure to book her and her band.
You will not be disappointed.
Today Camellia is hard at work building her business and taking drumming and DJing to a whole new level. Her creative style has captured the attention of musicians all over the world including bass player Nik West. Camellia uses a hybrid drum set to create the unique sounds and rhythms you find in the majority of her music. She uses the Roland SPD-Sx & SPD- 30 / Octapad to loop and sample original and popular songs. By incorporating acoustic and electronic drums she has been able to sound like a full percussion section alone.
Camellia plays all styles of music, but her most recent focus has been in developing her knowledge in African & Latin rhythms. In recent months Camellia has started to make some positive noise on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Her @Akhamie.Music Instagram is quickly growing, her following is nearing 50,000. Camellia is often featured on very large Instagram accounts like PickUpJazz, DrumTalkTV, and Samba World Percussion. Keep an eye on her, this year. She is quickly developing her sound while evolving.