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3Js tijdens Mega Piraten Festijn in Marum (2008).jpg
3JS at the Mega Piraten Festijn in Marum (2008)
Background information
Origin Volendam, Netherlands
Genres Pop
Years active 2002 (2002)–present
Labels Volendam Music, Artist & Company
Website 3js.nl
Members Jan Dulles
Jaap Kwakman
Jan de Witte

3JS (pronounced: 3J's) is a Dutch band from Volendam, consisting of Jan Dulles, Jaap Kwakman and Jan de Witte. The band became nationally known after the success of their debut album, Watermensen in 2007 with their friends Jan Smit and Nick & Simon.


The name of the band is based on the first names of the three members; Jan Dulles, Jaap Kwakman and Jan de Witte.

The three members have known each other since 1996. From 2002 they performed locally under their current name, 3JS.

Watermensen (2007-2008)[edit]

On 8 June 2007, the band released its first studio album, Watermensen (English: Water people). The album was recorded entirely in-house. All compositions are self made and the production took them for its own account. The album brought the modest hits "Kom", "Net alsof", "Een met de bomen", "Watermensen" and "Wiegelied". On 6 July 2007, the album reached number six in the Mega Album Top 100 and lasted 87 weeks in the top 100.

In the summer of 2007, a television programme under the name 3JS komen eraan about the band aired on the local channel, RTV Noord-Holland for eight weeks. The programme starred Jan Smit, with the band members regular guests on the programme.

On 21 January 2008, the band along with Alain Clark, Wouter Hamel, Nick & Simon and Thomas Berge were given an original Rembrandt. This prize is awarded by Stichting Nederlandse Muziek, for songs that are distinguished by lyrics and original compositions. A day later they won the 2007 Zilveren Harp. Both awards were won for their debut album Watermensen.

Kamers van m'n hart (2008-2009)[edit]

In October 2008, the group released their second album, Kamers van m'n hart (English: Chambers of my heart). The first single, "Hou van mij", was a top 10 hit, which reached number four in the Single Top 100. The album was as well received as its predecessor, with the album reaching number 4 in its first week on the Mega Album Top 100, and lasting forty weeks in the charts.

Dromers en dwazen (2010-present)[edit]

The third album by 3JS, entitled Dromers en dwazen (English: Dreamers and fools) was released in the spring of 2010. The group will release their first single from the album, "Loop met me over zee" (English: Walk with me by the sea), on 27 October 2010.

Eurovision Song Contest 2011[edit]

During a radio show, the band announced that they were the Netherlands representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany, with the Dutch broadcaster, Televisie Radio Omroep Stichting (TROS) also announcing the bands candidacy. With the band saying: "It's about the song again", after the Dutch poor results in recent years.[1]

The band produced five songs before the end 2010, which were performed at the national final (Nationaal Songfestival) in early 2011, during which the public and a professional jury voted for their favourite song.[1]

During the 2011 Eurovision song contest the band took last place in the semi final with only 13 points in total.[2]



Album Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Artist & Company
Kamers van m'n hart
  • Released: 10 October 2008
  • Label: Artist & Company
  • NED: Gold
Dromers en dwazen
  • Released: 5 March 2010
  • Label: Artist & Company
4 Elementen
  • Released: 3 February 2012
  • Label: Artist & Company
  • Released: 13 November 2015
  • Label: Artist & Company
Acoustic Christmas Volume 2
  • Released: 25 November 2016
  • Label: Artist & Company
Nu 3


Year Song Chart positions Album
2007 "Kom" 24 Watermensen
"Net alsof" 10
"Eén met de bomen" 16
"Eén met de bomen / De zomer voorbij" 49
2008 "Watermensen" 7
"Wiegelied" 8
"Hou van mij" 4 Kamers van m'n hart
2009 "Kamers van m'n hart" 28
"Bevlogen als vogels" 8
"Vandaag ben ik vrij / Alles overnieuw" 16
2010 "Loop met me over zee" 7 Dromers en dwazen
"Geloven in het leven" 9
"Wat is dromen" (with Ellen ten Damme) 1
2011 "Je vecht nooit alleen" 1
"De stroom" 12
"Toen ik jou vergat" 37
2012 "De weg" 26 4 Elementen


  1. ^ a b Bakker, Sietse (15 July 2010). "Netherlands picks 3Js for Eurovision 2011". EBU. Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Result ESC Netherlands 2011 "Participant Profile The Netherlands", www.eurovision.tv, May 15, 2011, accessed May 16, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Dutch Charts > 3JS". www.dutchcharts.nl/. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
with "Ik ben verliefd, Shalalie"
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Joan Franka
with "You and Me"