Sam Farrar

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Sam Farrar
Sam Farrar - Phantom Planet (2917001023).jpg
Farrar performing with Phantom Planet in 2008.
Background information
Born (1978-06-29) June 29, 1978 (age 41)
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
  • Musician
  • singer
  • record producer
  • Bass guitar
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • synthesizer
  • guitar
  • percussion
  • drums
  • programming
  • samples
  • vocals
Years active1994–present
Associated acts

Samuel John Farrar (born June 29, 1978)[1][2] is an Australian–American musician, singer and record producer. He is best known as a member of the pop rock band Maroon 5, in which he plays several instruments. A frequent collaborator with the band since the 1990s, he joined as a touring member in 2012 and was promoted to an official member in 2016. He is also the bassist for the rock band Phantom Planet.

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 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.[4]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[5] Their daughter Vesper Pearl Farrar was born on August 6, 2009 and their son Flynn Roscoe Farrar was born on January 14, 2014.[6]

He graduated Pitzer College.


With Phantom Planet
With Hanson
With Operation Aloha
With Sara Bareilles
With Bubble and Strife
  • My Lifetime for Blondes (EP) (2011)[7]
With Jasmine Ash
  • Beneath the Noise (2012)
With Rozzi Crane
  • Space (EP) (2015)

Maroon 5[edit]

As an outside collaborator
As a touring member
As an official member
  • Red Pill Blues (2017) - producing, keyboards, bass guitar, synthesizer, samples, lead and rhythm guitar, programming, backing vocals



  • "Woman" – Maroon 5 (Sam Farrar Remix)


  • "Unspoken" – Weezer (Sam Farrar Remix)



  • "Feelings" – Maroon 5 (Sam Farrar Remix)


  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. ^ "Maroon 5 line up change". Voice21. Archived from the original on October 25, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "Eagle Ear Entertainment : Meet the Birds". Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2011-07-08.
  6. ^ Name Sam Farrar Location Los Angeles Bio warbears central. "Sam Farrar (samfarrar) on Twitter". Retrieved 2011-07-08.
  7. ^ "M.L.F.B." Bubble.and.Strife website. Retrieved December 6, 2017.

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