Miami nightlife just took a devastating hit with the passing of Ultra Music Festival’s co-founder, Alex Omes, whose death was reported earlier today on Miami New Times. Circumstances around the death have not yet been revealed for the 43-year-old.
Omes is recognized for establishing one of the largest dance music events in North America, which initially began as a one-day festival in Miami Beach in 1999. Ultimately, Ultra transcended into the annual Winter Music Conference and extended into a dual-weekend event. After a lawsuit separating him from his former partner, Russell Faibisch, Omes also had a signficant impact in dance culture with the staging of several shows around the city featuring Swedish House Mafia. Prior to the invention of Ultra, Omes was publisher of Miami's dance music culture magazine, D'VOX. As a Miami nightlife icon, Alex Omes will undoubetly be missed in the electronic music family.
We thank Alex for everything he has done for dance music, and the official aftermovie for Ultra's 2014 gathering is a small testament to his influence on our culture.