It is a low, sad blow for our community to report that Alex Omes, original co-founder of the iconic annual Ultra Music Festival, has passed away. Omes, 43, died late Monday night, reasons not disclosed. Despite the departure from his post as festival organizer in 2010, it was his and co-founder Russell Faibisch's vision back in 1999 - nearly two decades ago! - that helped to reshape and reform the authenticity of the genres of music we so cherish today, and deepen the bond between fans and producers through live events.
Ultra Music Festival has a well-earned reputation of boasting the current and forthcoming top-notch acts in the EDM scene, and the lush, balmy beauty of its Miami location has never been taken for granted. What has been dubbed "Phase One" of the 2015 Ultra Music lineup was announced two weeks ago. Despite the anticipatory energy that must be simmering at Ultra headquarters, they of course released a statement via Miami New Times expressing their sadness and condolences over his death, adding, "We will continue to remember and celebrate Alex for his love, passion, and contributions to the Electronic Dance Music community."
Although he will be missed, we can lift ourselves up knowing that Omes has inspired a generation of music fans to carry his ideals toward future endeavors. Since its inception, Ultra Music Festival has prompted the growth of other EDM festivals worldwide; in the last two years, Ultra debuted events in Europe and Africa which respectively took place in Croatia, Cape Town, and Johannesburg. These and other adaptations of such festivals continue to flourish, and unite countless fans and artists through the best medium possible. By that, we honor the legacy of Alex Omes and those who aspire after him..
(Source: Miami New Times )
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