40 Under 40: Matt Galle


President, Photo Finish Records; Agent, Paradigm; ­Senior A&R, Island Def Jam
ParadigmAgency.com; PhotoFinishRecords.com


Matt Galle’s influence has made him a powerhouse in the artist development realm. At Paradigm, he made his name as a career-building agent for such acts as Bruno Mars, Ke$ha, My Chemical Romance, fun., Taking Back Sunday, Boys Like Girls and We the Kings, as well as recent Paradigm signings Timeflies and Austin Mahone. Galle, 35, is also the co-founder of New Jersey’s Bamboozle Festival and, in 2006, he launched Photo Finish Records, which now boasts sales of more than 10 million singles and 1 million album equivalents, according to the label. Galle also co-manages Matt Squire (who has produced, engineered and/or written tracks for Ke$ha, Demi Lovato, One Direction, Selena Gomez and others) and is a senior artist consultant for Island/Def Jam, to which he moved his Photo Finish imprint from Atlantic a year ago, and where he signed Timeflies. Galle says he always tries to treat everyone with respect. “Never get an ego and act like you are too cool for someone. The intern could turn into the CEO tomorrow. I try to listen to everyone’s opinions and value them. Karma will work everything out in the end anyway.”