16 Down

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16 Down
Origin Zwolle, Netherlands
Genres Alternative rock, Rock music, Pop music
Years active 1997–present
Labels EMI, Dino Music, Flow Records
Associated acts Prodigal Sons, The Horse Company

16 Down (sometimes stylized as 16Down) is an alternative pop rock band from Zwolle, Netherlands founded in 1997.[1] The band has released three albums and had three charting singles.


After Erwin Nyhoff, the only original member left in the Swedish band Prodigal Sons, decided to go solo under the name Prodigal Son in late 1996, the remaining members Jeroen Hobert, Marco Hovius and Arjan Pronk formed the band After Dust, later renaming themselves 16 Down.

In March 2001, the release of the single "Subtle Movements" earned the band media attention and chart success in The Netherlands[2] and a spot at Lowlands 2001, a 3-day festival with over 57,000 tickets sold.[3] Their debut album Headrush and its second single "Heaven Still Cries" followed, garnering more chart success for the band. The album's third single "If The Money's Right" featured guest vocals by Rudeboy of Urban Dance Squad and was used by Pepsi in a television commercial.[2][4]

In 2002, 16 Down participated in the Marlboro Flashback Tour series, performing a full set of Radiohead songs in a number of cities across the Netherlands.[5][6]

In the spring of 2003, 16 Down joined Anouk on her sold-out 17-date tour for her album Graduated Fool,[7] followed by performances at the Parkpop and Bospop festivals that summer.[3]

Before the release of the band's sophomore album, founding members Hobert ("for personal reasons")[2] and Pronk left the band, both later performing with The Horse Company.[8][9]

Life in a Fishbowl was preceded by the release of its lead single "The Day That I Met You" before being released in October 2003.

16 Down's third album F.L.O. was released at Paradiso in Amsterdam in 2007. A tour of 60 concerts followed in 2008 and 2009.

In 2011, frontman Marco Hovius built his own studio using money he made re-singing a Beck's Beer advertising song. There, he records and produces his own and other bands' music.[10][11]

In recent years, Marco Hovius has fronted a Pearl Jam tribute band[12][13] and performed solo acoustic cover song nights across The Netherlands.[14][15] Despite previous mentions of plans for a fourth 16 Down album on the band's social media, it has yet to materialize.[16]


Year Album NL
2001 Headrush 95
2003 Life In A Fishbowl
2007 F.L.O. 77
Year Single NL Album
2001 "Subtle Movements" 67 Headrush
"Heaven Still Cries" 87
"If The Money's Right"
2002 "Torn"
2003 "The Day That I Met You" 84 Life In A Fishbowl


  1. ^ "16 Down - About - Facebook". 
  2. ^ a b c d "16 Down (NPO Radio 2)". 
  3. ^ a b "16 Down boeken bij Jan Vis". translated: The band played at Lowlands several times, won an Essent Award, played at Parkpop and other major festivals like Paaspop Schijndel. 
  4. ^ "16down pepsi commercial.dv - YouTube". 
  5. ^ "Search for setlists: tour:(Flashback To Radiohead) - setlist.fm". 
  6. ^ "Marlboro Flashback - Rate Your Music". 
  7. ^ "Drummerszone - musica 16 Down". 
  8. ^ "Arjan Pronk Discography at Discogs". 
  9. ^ "Jeroen Hobert Discography at Discogs". 
  10. ^ "16 Down - About". translated: In 2011 Hovius put a Vintage Studio Salland, where he makes music, composes, produces and records. 
  11. ^ "Voicst, Gem and Peter Pan break...in the advertising world - 3voor12". translated: Marco Hovius of 16Down built his studio with the money he received for re-singing the music for Beck's Beer in Germany. 
  12. ^ "Pearl Jam Tribute (Marco Hovius) - Facebook event page". 
  13. ^ "Black by Pearl Jam tribute olv Marco Hovius - YouTube". 
  14. ^ "Marco Hovius LIVE - Move - Posts". 
  15. ^ "Marco Hovius Live - Facebook". 
  16. ^ "16 Down - About". translated: currently working on their new album ... they continue to work on the 4th album. 
  17. ^ a b "16 Down Discography at Discogs". 
  18. ^ a b "Discografie 16 Down - dutchcharts.nl". 

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