Edward Castelow Profile

aka Ed Castelow, Dictaphone Blues
Ben Eldridge
1 Apr 2016

The mid to late nineties in the Christchurch music scene was a vibrant and creative time in the New Zealand musical landscape. Performers including James Milne (Lawrence Arabia), Bic Runga, Loves Ugly Children and Adam McGrath (The Eastern) all started out there, cutting their teeth at venues like the Dux de Lux and His Lordships tavern.

It was amidst this fertile backdrop that Edward Thomas Castelow first appeared, initially in the short-lived trio Android and then finally the longer lasting trio (and eventual four piece) degrees.k.

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degrees.k live at the Dux de Lux, Christchurch
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degrees.k publicity shot, Surrey Hills, Sydney, 2003
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Dictaphone Blues - My Girl Anymore (NZ Herald Sundae Sessions, 2011)
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Edward Castelow with long term Dictaphone Blues manager and Executive Producer, Reuben Bonner
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Dictaphone Blues - You Put It In Me (2009)
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Dictaphone Blues (live at Slow Boat Records, 2012)
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Myles Allpress with Dictaphone Blues at the Tuning Fork
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The 2012 album Beneath The Crystal Palace
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Zoning out in the van on tour in NZ
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degrees.k go deep south, A Low Hum Tour, 2004
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degrees.k live at the Bat and Ball, Surrey Hills Sydney 2003
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Dictaphone Blues chats to Marty Duda and performs three songs at 13th Floor (2015)
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Dictaphone Blues - Her Heart Breaks Like A Wave (live at 13th Floor, 2015)
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Dictaphone Blues with Barney Chunn on bass playing support for Howling Bells at Auckland's Tuning Fork in 2014
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Dictaphone Blues (Juice TV Samsung Naked Sessions part 1, May 2012)
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Dictaphone Blues ‎debut album On The Down And In, 2009
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Dictaphone Blues - Shake A Leg (NZ Herald Sundae Sessions, 2011)
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2014's Dictaphone Blues album Mufti Day
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Ed Castelow talks with Anika Moa on Face to Face (NZ Herald, 2015)
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The 2014 Dictaphone Blues single, Her Heart Breaks Like A Wave, taken from the Mufti Day album
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Dictaphone Blues - Lantern (2010)
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Dictaphone Blues - Spicy Fruit Loaf (NZ Herald Sundae Sessions, 2011)
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degrees.k on one of the very first A Low Hum tours with Ian Jorgensen (aka. Blink) at Dunedin’s Refuel Bar
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Dictaphone Blues - Burning Ball In Outer Space (NZ Herald Sundae Sessions, 2011)
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A very sorry looking sight after an over zealous degrees.k show
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Early live shot of Castelow performing with degrees.k at Dux de Lux
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Dictaphone Blues - Spooky Room (live solo at Wine Cellar, Auckland, 2008)
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Dictaphone Blues with the On The Down and In line-up, 2009, performing at Auckland's Cassette #9 bar. Left to right: Myles Allpress, Ben Eldridge, Rob Collins and Edward Castelow.
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Dictaphone Blues - Her Heart Breaks Like A Wave (2014)
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degrees.k promo shot taken in Nelson
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Dictaphone Blues - Spooky Room (NZ Herald Sundae Sessions, 2011)
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degrees.k Lifelike album
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Dictaphone Blues - Cliche (NZ Herald Sundae Sessions, December 2011)
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Dictaphone Blues' 2010 single 365, featuring Emily Edrosa
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Dictaphone Blues - Spicy Fruit Loaf (2012)
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Dictaphone Blues at the Tuning Fork, Auckland. Matthias Jordan on keyboards.
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Dictaphone Blues - Cliche (live bFM In Session, 2012)
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Dictaphone Blues - Cliche (live in Napier, 2012)
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A note from Ben’s Mum, 2003
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An early degrees.k poster
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Dictaphone Blues (Juice TV Samsung Naked Sessions part 1, May 2012)
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Dictaphone Blues - You Put It In Me (Kiwi FM, 2013 - live at The Lab studio, Auckland)
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Dictaphone Blues - Lance's Tape (2015)
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Ed Castelow chats to Cheese on Toast (2012)
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Dictaphone Blues - A Counter Observation (live in 2010, Bacco, Auckland)
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Rob Collins, a member of Dictaphone Blues, 2009 to 2014
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Degrees K - Worth It (2004)
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degrees.k at Dux de Lux, Christchurch, 2003
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Dictaphone Blues - Spicy Fruit Loaf (Live at Kings Arms, Auckland, 22 May 2011)
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degrees.k at Cusp, Nelson
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degrees.k's Melbourne recorded Children Of The Night Sky EP
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Early degrees.k promo shots – clockwise from top left, Edward Castelow, Chris Spark, Ben Edwards, Dean Cameron.
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Dictaphone Blues with Lisa Crawley (live on Balcony TV, 2010)
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Dictaphone Blues - 76 Come Back Special (King Loser cover for Kiwi FM, 2013 - live at The Lab studio, Auckland)
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Dictaphone Blues - Cryptic Lipstick (2014)
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Eddie Castelow/Dictaphone Blues opening for Johnny Marr at The Powerstation in 2015
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Edward Castelow in a Dictaphone Blues promo shot for On The Down And In album, 2009
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Ejector and degrees.k on the first A Low Hum tour
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Edward Castelow and Barney Chunn. Dictaphone Blues at Auckland's Tuning Fork.
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Early live shot of Ed Castelow performing with degrees.k at The Bat and Ball, Sydney
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Degrees K - Simon
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Dictaphone Blues - Taken Aback (NZ Herald Sundae Sessions, 2011)
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