Courtesy Wasserman Music – Wasserman Music
Top row (L-R): Stephanie Aristakesian, Zach Berkowitz, Antonio Dell
Wasserman Music has hired two new music agents and promoted eight others within the organization, the company announced March 1.
Agents Matt Elam and Sahil Mehta join the firm while Stephanie Aristakesian, Zach Berkowitz, Alex Guaraldi, Daniel Lee, Leigh Millhauser and Jeff Molek are promoted to Agent. The agency has also promoted Antonio Dell’Aglio to Director, Touring, and Mohammad Shah to Manager, Touring; these new roles will provide high-level support to agent teams on the logistics of planning and executing tours.
“We’re excited to have Matt Elam and Sahil Mehta join our team, and we expect they’ll do great things here,” said Wasserman Music EVP & Managing Executive Brent Smith in a statement. “They’re both agents we’ve known and respected, and they’re the right fit for our culture and ethos as an agency focused on artist discovery and long-term development.”
EVP & Managing Executive Lee Anderson adds, “At Wasserman Music, we take great pride in emphasizing mentorship and positive career growth for all our people. We’re so proud of this newly promoted group of agents, who’ve been important members of this team for years and are all richly deserving of this next step.”
Elam joins Smith’s team at Wasserman following a decade at WME, where he represented D Smoke, Allen Stone and Hobo Johnson, among others, and signed Best New Artist Grammy nominee Baby Keem with Smith. Elam’s career began when he created his own independent label as a teenager, then working in radio for several years before going to college.
Mehta joins Wasserman Music from Madison House, where he developed a roster of primarily electronic music artists over the last three years. Prior to Madison House, he worked at the Rogue Agency and started his own boutique agency, Empresario. Mehta is based in Los Angeles and brings clients including Abelation, Chee, Ivy Lab, Khiva, KOAN Sound, Lab Group, Of The Trees, potions., Supertask, TRUTH, Tsuruda and Yheti.
Aristakesian started her career as an assistant at electronic music agency AM Only in 2015 after internships at AM Only, Sony/ATV, NBC Universal and WME; and leading the concert committee at the University of Southern California. In 2016 she moved to working with agent Jay Moss at The Windish Agency and then Paradigm Talent Agency, and was promoted to coordinator in 2017. With Moss, Aristakesian worked with artists including ODESZA, Louis the Child, TroyBoi, EVAN GIIA and Elderbrook; she also worked alongside other Wasserman agents on artists including Kenny Beats, Bea Miller, Omar Apollo, Two Feet and Normani. She is based in Los Angeles.
Berkowitz began his career at ICM in 2015 before joining Lee Anderson’s team at AM Only as an assistant in 2016. He was promoted to coordinator the next year, and has since worked with Lee and agent Cody Chapman on clients including Fisher, Chris Lake, Zeds Dead and REZZ. Other artists he works with include Borgore, Getter, Jacob Banks, Mr. Carmack, Yultron, OPIUO, Will Clarke, Mersiv, Wreckno, Rossy, 1788-L, SoDown and more. Berkowitz is a graduate of Syracuse University and is based in Brooklyn.
Dell’Aglio began his career producing electronic music events, which lead to joining AM Only as an assistant to agency founder Paul Morris. Dell’Aglio worked across electronic and Latin music with clients including Tiësto, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Hardwell, Benny Benassi, RL Grime, Anuel AA, Karol G, Jhay Cortez, Ivy Queen and more. A graduate of University of Miami School of Music, he recently relocated back after a decade in New York.
Guaraldi joined the contracts department at Paradigm in 2013 before moving to agent Larry Webman’s team as an assistant and later coordinator, working with artists including Barenaked Ladies, Bastille, David Gray, Dropkick Murphys, Michigander, MGMT, Sara Bareilles and T-Pain. Guaraldi is now an agent in Wasserman Music’s Corporate & Special Events department, working alongside Vice President, Corporate & Special Events Max Wiebrecht to book corporate and private performances across Wasserman Music’s roster. Guaraldi graduated from the Berklee College of Music and is based in Brooklyn, NY.
Lee joins Wasserman Music after working in talent and comedy departments at several major agencies before deciding to focus on music. He joined Paradigm in 2017 and in 2019 was promoted to coordinator for agent Sara Bollwinkel, working with clients including Billie Eilish, Finneas, Joji and REI AMI. At Wasserman Music, he represents ATEEZ, Jamie Miller, B.I and Fran Vasilic, among others. Lee is based in Los Angeles.
Millhauser, another Miami native, is now based in Brooklyn after beginning their career as an assistant at AM Only in 2016. Millhauser has spent five years as a coordinator, mostly working alongside agent Duffy McSwiggin on artists including Brandi Carlile, Lake Street Dive, Guster, Rachael & Vilray and more. Millhauser also represents recent signings Boyish and Miki Ratsula, and was featured in IQ magazine’s 2021 LGBTIQ+ List of “The Live Industry’s Queer Pioneers.”
Molek started his career at Chicago concert promoter mP Productions, and later worked at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge before joining The Windish Agency in 2013. He has worked with Tom Windish and other agents since then, and was promoted to coordinator in 2016, working with artists including Drama, Rina Sawayama, CHAI and Bartees Strange. Molek is based in Chicago.
Shah joined the accounting team at The Windish Agency in 2016, and soon joined agent Sam Hunt’s team, working with artists including Flying Lotus, Diplo, Big Boi and Run the Jewels. Shah liaises with Wasserman Music’s Business & Legal Affairs team on issues affecting agent teams, and is a member of Wasserman’s DE&I Council.