Alex Omes, one of the most important figures of the current EDM phenomenon that has taken over the U.S., passed in his sleep two days ago. According to The Miami New Times
Omes’ greatest legacy was the creation of Ultra in 1999 with then-partner Russell Faibisch. The festival would go on to become one of the largest dance music events in North America. And it even eventually eclipsed Winter Music Conference, which had been the reason so many DJs and dance acts came to Miami in March in the first place.
No cause of death has been given. Drugs or the usual clubland curses were not of Omes’ nature. He was a South Beach bouncer before taking over the city. He started Ultra almost by accident, booking it and expecting modest turnout, but 10,000 people came. Last year over 300,000 attended over two weekends.
Alex fell out with his Ultra partners in recent years but was still working in the Miami club game. In fact, we worked with him on Art Basel 2013. He was an incredibly knowledgeable, smart and easy person to deal with. We thank him of teaching us about Miami’s small, potent scene. And moreover, for bringing European style electronic festivals to the states. Many people hate EDM, and EDM fans, but the industry has changed music and made electronica as big if not bigger than rock n’ roll. Alex is one of the major reasons why. We will miss him, and we send condolences to his friends and family.