On Tuesday January 13, 2015, Alex Omes passed away and the electronic music community lost a pioneer. Omes, 43, was the co-founder of Ultra Music Festival
along with Russell Faibisch in 1999.
"The organizers of Ultra Music Festival extend their deepest condolences to the family of Alex Omes and are saddened by the news of his passing," Ultra said in a statement sent toNew Times. "We will continue to remember and celebrate Alex for his love, passion, and contributions to the electronic dance music community."
Omes was a kingpin of Miami's burgeoning electronic music scene and culture. Despite being forced out of Ultra Music Festival in 2010 amidst conflict with the split from WMC, Omes rallied his career by doing events with Emi Guerra and Swedish House Mafia in Miami. He also unsuccessfully attempted to establish a new festival property, UR1, which suffered low ticket sales despite a co-bill of Kanye West and Lou Reed.
The cause of Omes' death is currently unknown. Rest in peace. #RIP