Sam Farrar

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Sam Farrar
Sam Farrar - Phantom Planet (2917001023).jpg
Background information
Born (1978-06-29) June 29, 1978 (age 39)
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, bassist
Instruments Bass, vocals, piano, guitar, percussion
Years active 1994–present
Labels Epic, Fueled by Ramen
Associated acts Phantom Planet, Maroon 5, Operation Aloha

Samuel John Farrar (born June 29, 1978)[1][2] is an American musician and producer. He is best known as multi-instrumentalist of the American pop rock band Maroon 5, after the long-time collaborating with the band since 1990s and being a touring member from 2012 to 2016.

He is also a bass guitar player of the American rock band Phantom Planet, which is on hiatus.

Musical career[edit]

1994–2012: Phantom Planet and other side projects[edit]

Farrar is the bass guitar player for the American rock band Phantom Planet. He also joined a band called Operation Aloha with members of Gomez and Maroon 5.[3] He and his wife, Stephanie, have started their own music project, called Bubble and Strife.

2012–present: Maroon 5[edit]

In 2012, Farrar became a touring member of Maroon 5, playing various instruments including: guitars, bass guitar (occasionally), percussion and additional keyboards, singing backing vocals and providing samples and other special effects (using the MPC).

He formerly co-wrote and co-produced a few of the band's songs on almost all of their studio albums and also remixed one of their songs, which is called "Woman", on Call and Response: The Remix Album, released in 2008. On August 31, 2012 - during a show in Argentina on the Overexposed World Tour - Farrar filled-in for Mickey Madden on the bass guitar for the very first time. He subsequently filled-in for Madden on the next few shows of the tour.

After touring with the band as a touring member for the next couple of years, Farrar appeared in an official, promotional photo of Maroon 5 for the first time, in late 2016. He is also featured on the cover of the band's sixth studio album, Red Pill Blues (2017) - all of this can be seen as confirmation, that Farrar became an official member of Maroon 5, making them a seven-piece band.

Personal life[edit]

His father, John Farrar, was a member of The Shadows and also carved a successful songwriting career, penning many of Olivia Newton-John's big hits as well as producing nearly every one of her albums during her most successful years. His mother, Pat Carroll, was a successful Australian pop singer in the 1960s. He attended The Buckley School.

Sam is married to Stephanie Eitel, formerly a member of the band Agent Sparks.[4] Their daughter Vesper Pearl Farrar was born on August 6, 2009 and their son Flynn Roscoe Farrar was born on January 14, 2014.[5]

He graduated Pitzer College.


With Phantom Planet
With Operation Aloha
With Bubble.and.Strife
  • My Lifetime for Blondes (EP) (2012)[6]

Maroon 5[edit]

As an outside collaborater
As a touring member
  • Overexposed (2012) – production and songwriting ("Ladykiller", "Fortune Teller" and "Tickets"), backing vocals, programming
  • Songs About Jane: 10th Anniversary Edition (2012)
  • V (2014) – backing vocals ("Unkiss Me" and "This Summer's Gonna Hurt" - the latter song is from the 2015 re-release of V), programming
As an official member
  • Red Pill Blues (2017) - producing, keyboards, bass guitar, synthesizer, samples, lead and rhythm guitar, programming, backing vocals


  1. ^ "Maroon 5". Retrieved December 6, 2017.  External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ "WHO THE **** IS SAM FARRAR?". Marron5BR. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ "First Listen: Maroon 5, Phantom Planet, Gomez Members Form Band". 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  4. ^ "Eagle Ear Entertainment : Meet the Birds". Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  5. ^ Name Sam Farrar Location Los Angeles Bio warbears central. "Sam Farrar (samfarrar) on Twitter". Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  6. ^ "M.L.F.B". Bubble.and.Strife website. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 

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