David Michael Farrell (born on February 8, 1977), more commonly known as Phoenix, is the bassist for the band Linkin Park .
Farrell was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts but moved to Mission Viejo, California when he was five. He attended Mission Viejo High School. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he met future bandmate Brad Delson in 1999. He plays the bass guitar, electric guitar, cello and violin. On occasion, he has played an upright bass at concerts.
Farrell was a member of a Christian punk/ska band known as the Tasty Snax. While attending college, he practiced with Brad Delson. The two shared a dorm room for three years out of the four they attended UCLA. Farrell, with Delson and others then started a band called Xero, which later became Linkin Park. After changing their name to Snax, Farrell continued playing bass guitar before leaving to join Linkin Park full-time. Farrell’s former bandmate Mark Fiore became Linkin Park’s videographer. As described in the liner notes for Reanimation he uses an Ernie Ball MusicMan Bass.
Farrell has cited his influences as being his mother and his brother, Joe. Musical influences include Weezer, The Beatles, Deftones, The Roots, Bob Marley, Sarah McLachlan, Hughes & Wagner and Harrod & Funck.
He has been married to Linsey Farrell since December 28, 2002, and, in 2007, he became a father. He has an older brother, Joe, and a younger brother, Tyler.
He is sometimes mistaken for Bob Harper from the Biggest Loser.