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 at Cusp, Nelson
Photo credit: Photo by Ian Jorgensen (Blink)
degrees.k Lifelike album
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.
degrees.k live at the Bat and Ball, Surrey Hills Sydney 2003
Dictaphone Blues (live at Slow Boat Records, 2012)
The 2014 Dictaphone Blues single, Her Heart Breaks Like A Wave, taken from the Mufti Day album
Early live shot of Ed Castelow performing with degrees.k at The Bat and Ball, Sydney
Dictaphone Blues (Juice TV Samsung Naked Sessions part 1, May 2012)
Rob Collins, a member of Dictaphone Blues, 2009 to 2014
Ed Castelow talks with Anika Moa on Face to Face (NZ Herald, 2015)
degrees.k at Dux de Lux, Christchurch, 2003
Zoning out in the van on tour in NZ
Edward Castelow in a Dictaphone Blues promo shot for On The Down And In album, 2009
Dictaphone Blues - Lantern (2010)
Dictaphone Blues - Spooky Room (NZ Herald Sundae Sessions, 2011)
degrees.k live at the Dux de Lux, Christchurch
Early live shot of Castelow performing with degrees.k at Dux de Lux
Photo credit: Photo by Ian Jorgensen (Blink)
degrees.k go deep south, A Low Hum Tour, 2004
Photo credit: Photo by Ian Jorgensen (Blink)
Dictaphone Blues - A Counter Observation (live in 2010, Bacco, Auckland)
Dictaphone Blues - Her Heart Breaks Like A Wave (2014)
Ed Castelow chats to Cheese on Toast (2012)
An early degrees.k poster
Dictaphone Blues - Cryptic Lipstick (2014)
Degrees K - Simon
degrees.k promo shot taken in Nelson
Photo credit: Photo by Ian Jorgensen (Blink)
Dictaphone Blues - Spicy Fruit Loaf (NZ Herald Sundae Sessions, 2011)
Dictaphone Blues chats to Marty Duda and performs three songs at 13th Floor (2015)
Dictaphone Blues - You Put It In Me (Kiwi FM, 2013 - live at The Lab studio, Auckland)
Dictaphone Blues - Spooky Room (live solo at Wine Cellar, Auckland, 2008)
Dictaphone Blues - My Girl Anymore (NZ Herald Sundae Sessions, 2011)
degrees.k on one of the very first A Low Hum tours with Ian Jorgensen (aka. Blink) at Dunedin’s Refuel Bar
Photo credit: Photo by Ian Jorgensen (Blink)
Dictaphone Blues - Shake A Leg (NZ Herald Sundae Sessions, 2011)
Dictaphone Blues - Spicy Fruit Loaf (2012)
Dictaphone Blues - Cliche (NZ Herald Sundae Sessions, December 2011)
Dictaphone Blues - You Put It In Me (2009)
Mirth, 2021. the first album released under the name Edward Castelow.
degrees.k publicity shot, Surrey Hills, Sydney, 2003
A note from Ben’s Mum, 2003
Dictaphone Blues - Her Heart Breaks Like A Wave (live at 13th Floor, 2015)
Dictaphone Blues ‎debut album On The Down And In, 2009
The 2012 album Beneath The Crystal Palace
Dictaphone Blues' 2010 single 365, featuring Emily Edrosa
Dictaphone Blues with Barney Chunn on bass playing support for Howling Bells at Auckland's Tuning Fork in 2014
Photo credit: Photo by Yvonne Shearer
Ejector and degrees.k on the first A Low Hum tour
Photo credit: Photo by Ian Jorgensen (Blink)
Dictaphone Blues at the Tuning Fork, Auckland. Matthias Jordan on keyboards.
Photo credit: Photo by Yvonne Shearer
Edward Castelow and Barney Chunn. Dictaphone Blues at Auckland's Tuning Fork.
Photo credit: Photo by Yvonne Shearer
2014's Dictaphone Blues album Mufti Day
Dictaphone Blues - Cliche (live bFM In Session, 2012)
Eddie Castelow/Dictaphone Blues opening for Johnny Marr at The Powerstation in 2015
Photo credit: Photo by Haley Theyers
Dictaphone Blues (Juice TV Samsung Naked Sessions part 1, May 2012)
Early degrees.k promo shots – clockwise from top left, Edward Castelow, Chris Spark, Ben Edwards, Dean Cameron.
A very sorry looking sight after an over zealous degrees.k show
Degrees K - Worth It (2004)
Edward Castelow with long term Dictaphone Blues manager and Executive Producer, Reuben Bonner
Dictaphone Blues - Lance's Tape (2015)
Dictaphone Blues - Burning Ball In Outer Space (NZ Herald Sundae Sessions, 2011)
Dictaphone Blues - 76 Come Back Special (King Loser cover for Kiwi FM, 2013 - live at The Lab studio, Auckland)
Dictaphone Blues - Taken Aback (NZ Herald Sundae Sessions, 2011)
Dictaphone Blues with Lisa Crawley (live on Balcony TV, 2010)
Dictaphone Blues - Cliche (live in Napier, 2012)
Dictaphone Blues - Spicy Fruit Loaf (Live at Kings Arms, Auckland, 22 May 2011)
Myles Allpress with Dictaphone Blues at the Tuning Fork
Photo credit: Photo by Yvonne Shearer
degrees.k's Melbourne recorded Children Of The Night Sky EP
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