Nate Light is a professional upright and electric bassist, music producer, singer, songwriter, and music professor, based in Los Angeles, CA. He's known as one of a handful of working bassists in town who can truly cover any gig; whether he's speed-picking his way through punk rock tunes, laying it down in an acoustic jazz trio, or sawing away on low notes in an orchestra, Nate is right at home.
Nate's most recent bass credits include, OC ska legends Save Ferris, Glee star, Matthew Morrison, and 2-tone luminaries, The English Beat. He’s also the bassist and co-lead vocalist of the band Compress Collide. He has previously performed and/or recorded with: Das Klown, Hed P.E., The Fenians, “Miguel” Happoldt (Sublime/LBDAS), Ikey Owens, Mike Garson, Kenny G, The Long Beach Jazz Quartet, Jack Maness, Gilmore Girls, Gregg Field, J.R. Rotem, Bleu, Free Flight, Bob Mintzer, Alan Pasqua, Peter Erskine, Angel Luis Figueroa, Roy McCurdy, Ron McCurdy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Rose’s Pawn Shop, The Janks, The Diamond Light, Andrea Marcovicci, Kotomi, Philieano, The Record Company, Barbara Morrison, Yellowjackets, Stanton Moore, Debbie Gibson, Jason Alexander, Jan Daley, Brad Ellis, Stephen Kramer Glickman, Joel Grey, Rich Little, Ernie Andrews, and Sally Struthers, among others. He has performed live on national television shows including The Tonight Show, The Today Show, The View, The Talk, and Good Morning America.
In addition to his busy performing schedule, Nate is a key player in the Los Angeles music education community. He is currently Assistant Professor of music at Los Angeles City College, where he teaches courses in music business, music technology, music history, and music theory, as well as applied bass lessons. He was previously an adjunct professor at Cypress College and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California.
Initially a self-taught electric bass player, Nate cut his teeth as a member of various bands in the vibrant 90s SoCal punk scene. By the age of 15 he was touring and recording professionally, most notably with the infamous Long Beach hardcore punk band, Das Klown. He later chose to diversify and seriously pursue music as a career. He took up the upright bass and studied music formally at Humboldt State University and later transferred to the University of Miami-Frost School of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music Degree with a double major in Classical Performance and Jazz Studies on a full-tuition scholarship. After working as professional bassist in Los Angeles for nearly a decade, he attended the University of Southern California-Thornton School of Music, where he earned a Master of Music Degree with a major in Jazz Studies. While as USC, he was a member the award winning Thornton Jazz Orchestra, which won best large ensemble in Downbeat Magazine and 1st place at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, both during his tenure with the band. Nate additionally studied Audio Recording at Long Beach City College and is an Avid Certified Pro Tools User.