Axle Whitehead was originally a contestant on the first series of Australian Idol in 2003. He failed to win the competition but made it into the top twenty. After being spotted on Idol, he was hired to host the Television music show, Video Hits on Network Ten, hosting from 2004 to November 1, 2006.
On October 29, 2006, while at the ARIA's, Whitehead was on-stage presenting an award to hip-hop outfit Hilltop Hoods with radio jock Jabba, when he exposed his penis on stage. He also simulated masturbation on the ARIA trophy as the winners made their way to the stage. The Daily Telegraph later reported that Whitehead and his long time girlfriend Katrina Peden had broken up days before the ARIA incident, possibly explaining his behaviour. It was also rumoured in the industry that it was an ongoing dare, between himself, Jabba and Johnny Knoxville, though Whitehead denied the claim. He later said that he had no regrets about the incident, and thought that "more people should do it." Network Ten announced on November 2, 2006 that Whitehead resigned as host of Video Hits on November 1, 2006.
Axle Whitehead's debut album, Losing Sleep was released through Roadshow Music on August 22nd 2008. His debut single "I Don't Do Surprises" was released on radio during January 2008, debuting at #8 on the ARIA Charts in Australia on March 17, 2008. It has also received airplay on Nova radio and surfaced on TV advertisements for popular Channel 10 shows House and Women's Murder Club, being described as a cross between Coldplay and Robbie Williams. Whitehead made his return to Video Hits on February 24, 2008, though only as a guest to promote his announced debut album.