On the Friday night of the Indio, Calif. festival’s second weekend (April 20), Kygo dedicated the final moments of his Coachella set to his friend by playing the Swedish DJ/producer’s 2017 single, “Without You,” with portraits of Avicii lighting up the monitors behind him.
“Coachella, I think most of you guys have heard, but today is a very sad day for music,” Kygo told the festival crowd, Entertainment Tonight reports.
“Earlier today I got the news that Avicii passed away [at] only 28 years old. Avicii was my biggest musical inspiration and he was the reason I started making electronic music so I don’t think I would’ve been on this stage tonight if it wasn’t for him. I know he’s inspired millions of other producers out there. So I want to end my set tonight with my favorite Avicii song.”
— Denny Directo (@DDirecto) April 21, 2018
During his set, Kygo also brought out Ariana Grande and Miguel for surprise performances. The producer reflected on his main stage performance and Avicii tribute on Saturday (April 21), sharing a heartfelt post on Instagram calling his late friend a “musical genius.”