04/20/2012 05:16 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Coachella's Electronic Headliners Discuss What the Festival Means to Them


Photo by Katie Bain

If Coachella 2012 is remembered for one thing, (besides Holo'Pac), it's likely to go down in history as the year electronic music dominated the lineup, from the festival's longstanding dance nexus the Sahara Tent to the traditionally more rock-oriented main stage.

Indeed, electronic music's current reign over pop/youth culture was exemplified last Friday night when progressive house trio Swedish House Mafia made history by becoming the first electronic act to ever headline the festival's main stage. "This is the pinnacle of what our type of music can do," said SHM's Axwell, moments before dropping a set that sent the massive crowd into states of sing-along euphoria from the front row to the nosebleeds.

Here, five of the weekend's electronic headliners -- Justice, Kaskade, Swedish House Mafia, Datsik and Avicii -- discuss the explosion of their genre and what playing Coachella means to them.