Platform Six was formed by a bunch of schoolmates at a Brisbane train station. Stu McLean joined in early 2002 as the band's original drummer Nick Dawson left to finish a University degree.
The band released their debut EP ‘Resident Universe’ to a sold-out audience in Brisbane in April 2002 and toured the east coast of Australia in July to spread their fanbase.
Platform Six's core songwriters, James List and Ian Smith, have an amazing connection when writing songs together. They have an excellent understanding of why certain songs will achieve success and why others should be left out of the repertoire altogether.
Their songwriting skills were noticed by the national Music Oz Challenge 2002 and their song ‘Free to Fly’ was placed in the top 5 songs for pop/rock out of nearly 1500 entries. They were asked to perform at the Annual awards night in November 2002.
In other achievements they were selected to perform at the annual Music Business Adelaide conference in November, and their debut single ‘Resident Universe’ is on a compilation album featuring the best 16 emerging bands from South East Queensland.