Sam Farrar

Born June 29, 1978
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, bassist
Instruments Bass, vocals, piano, guitar, percussion

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Sam Farrar (born June 29, 1978) 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.

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. He and his wife, Stephanie, have started their own music project, called Bubble and Strife.

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

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

He graduated Pitzer College.


With Phantom Planet
Main article: Phantom Planet discography
Phantom Planet Is Missing (1998)
The Guest (2002)
Phantom Planet (2004)
Raise the Dead (2008)
With Operation Aloha
Operation Aloha (2009)

Maroon 5

Main article: Maroon 5 discography
As an outside collaborater
It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007) – production
Call and Response: The Remix Album (2008) – remix of a song (“Woman”)
Hands All Over (2010) – songwriting (“Misery”, “Stutter”, “Don’t Know Nothing”, “Hands All Over” and “How”)

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