John Mulligan, aka _51N1573R_ was born in Queens, New York in 1964 and began piano lessons at the age of seven. He received formal music instruction at the hands of greats such as David Wimmer, Jack Dooley and the illustrious George Balog. As the founding member of Graphic Dominion, John took his band of rejects to the pinnacle of garage slop. Though the band never saw any actual stage time, the rehearsals were peppered with musical grace and grandstanding antics. Classically trained in music, John has taken several years of formal piano and bass guitar instruction and was a core member of the Hunterdon Central High School Symphonic and Marching bands. He has extensively studied both brass and string instruments and has a vast knowledge of both popular and obscure music. John captivates audiences with an approachable yet complex portrayal of the human condition through a mix of skill, artistry and humor that transcends ages and musical guidelines.
His early musical tastes and interests included hard rock bands such as Black Sabbath, 'electronic' bands like Devo and The B-52's, and the raw musical energy of bands like Gang of Four and The Sex Pistols. Present when the original Hip-Hop wave broke out of NYC, his roots became firmly entrenched in a blend of Hip-Hop, Rap, Hardcore and experimental Avant-garde. Bands like Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Soul Sonic Force, Chrome, and The Residents have been major influences of John's musical interest. After previewing an experimental track, Pete Rentz (M.C. Rentz) commented that he liked the overall style of beats and use of the high-hat. That is a huge compliment.
During much of the 1990s and the first decade of the new Millennium, John took time out to raise his two children, his love for music and the desire to create never ceased. In 2005, John completed an art school degree in Multimedia and Interactive media design. The inclusion of the listener is a key element in the creation of his music. The _51N1573R_ project is a culmination of a 4 decade-long assessment of music and the entertainment industry in general. The forces are now coming into alignment and Mr. Mulligan is poised to take his place amongst the musical greats such as Otis Owsley.