Stephen Mathew - Winning Hearts with Violin
Hailing from a joint family, being the son of a political leader and being a qualified advocate would make at least some of us judgmental about the path a person should choose to live his life. But here is Stephen Mathew, travelling the road less travelled, following his passion. With a violin in his hand, this violinist is performing with confidence and a smile to spread on the faces of his audience.
Stephen is the son of Ex- MLA Mathew Stephen. Growing up in a joint family, which always supported music and art was where it all began. He chose violin at the age of 10 and like any other child was tired of it in the course of time. It was his mother Sobha Mathew and his violin instructor Jojo Joseph, who kept him going. After completing his degree in Law he took his passion to a whole new level.
Music meets performance
It was just a beginning when his friend requested to play for his choir. After the show, he realized that he can create magic and started performing solo. “A song is complete only when it is recreated with the whole of the instruments played in the original track in the exact place and so I play with karaoke and replace vocals with violin,” says Stephen. According to him, he is an average player and an outstanding performer. So he is ready to perform anywhere, from marriage functions to big corporate events and shows, for a slot of not less than one hour. No matter how long the show is he prefers to walk around the place, interact with his audience and make the session literally live. This must have been the reason behind his popularity without the help of PR work or tie-up with event management companies. For this, he needed a wireless system and so he uses his German system. Many of his audience went to him with a question if it is prerecorded. A wireless instrument and a performer who interacts with ease without disturbing the flow of music must be the reason behind this, according to him. With a charming smile, he handles everything smoothly and moves forward.
An aspiring actor
The violin was always his passion, but he keeps his ambition to be an actor before everything. For him, his violin, stage shows and performances are ways to reach the film industry. He chose not to seek help from anyone unnecessarily and is establishing himself in the industry with his own effort. That’s how he met director Lal. This gave him a chance to perform for the director’s grandchild’s baptism function. He considers this his most beautiful memory.
Unlike many youngsters who tries to find support and motivation and people around them, he is a person who considers his mirror as one thing which keeps him motivated to work even harder to achieve what he wants. Though his family and friends support him immensely, he considers his heart as the real force which keeps the spark bright and shining inside him.
As an aspiring actor, he has already started his acting career through short films. ‘Agape My Brother’ was one of such initiatives which brought him wide appreciation. That is when he proved himself, as a matured person who fights for his passion. He is also well-liked through his music videos.
Now he is getting calls from different places and is playing his part with enthusiasm in many projects including a music video by LV Prasad Film Institute and other short films. He is not ready to wait for chances to come searching for him, so is applying for a chance through all the casting calls which come up.
For him, each show is an achievement as it takes him closer to his ambition. After successfully performing solo for almost 80 shows, he says that he enjoys playing in front of children. When children are his audience, they reflect back the same energy he puts in to perform, they are lively and vibrant. The smile which he brings on each face is an award for him. This, he says, can only be achieved from the passion followed. So what he would like to tell the world is to follow your heart to be happy. Succumbing to peer pressure is not for those who have a dream. Also, it is his habit to expect the worst so that everything positive give happiness and everything done will be a success.
Social service is in his blood, he says. During the Kerala floods, he moved from place to place to provide people with necessary items. Like any other field and person, he too has a list of shows cancelled and short films yet to be released. But he is happy as he is helping the world by staying indoors.