Guitarist for the 1980s rock group INXS who also pursued a successful solo career.
He formed the band Guinness, the precursor to INXS.
He was trained on classic guitar by a member of the Australian Symphony Orchestra.
His family moved from Perth to Sydney, where Farriss met his future bandmate Kirk Pengilly.
He wrote and recorded "Any Day But Sunday" for the 1984 film No Small Affair, which starred Demi Moore.