Camellia Akhamie Kies | Making It Happen For YourselfCamellia Akhamie Kies is an epic drummer and a new mom. She played drums throughout her  pregnancy and Camellia is now a case study as there weren’t many, if any, expecting moms playing drums at her level during pregnancy.

A Navy Veteran, Camellia played for the US Navy 7th Fleet band. She’s toured many countries in Asia and the Americas. She’s performed on national TV in the U.S., is a teacher and a composer, and she has a strong social media following.

We commiserate about how self-limiting talk is something she deals with. She also shares how she approaches writing new songs and we talk about how we are coping with COVID-19.

Episode Highlights

We start by talking about growing up in Germany (4:46) and go on to discuss:

  • (12:36) The history of starting The Beach Drum Shed and Akhamie Music LLC
  • (20:36) The meaning behind Akhamie’s name
  • (23:50) Her strategic approach to growing her social following
  • (32:15) How teaching and DJing are part of her life
  • (36:50) Online teaching and what it looks like in her future
  • (49:50) Her singles-release plan for the year
  • (53:30) How COVID-19 changes production and performance


“The timeline is gonna change, but I can make this happen by myself. For the most part, you can do it all yourself.”
—Camellia Akhamie Kies

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