Nate Light

Bassist - Producer - Music Professor

This is the official website of Los Angeles-based professional bassist, music producer, and music educator, Nate Light.


Nate Light is a professional upright and electric bassist, music producer, 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 is currently the bassist for recording artist, television actor, and broadway star, Matthew Morrison, best known for his leading role as Will Schuester on the FOX television series "Glee". Nate also recently recorded electric bass on 13 tracks with ska legends The English Beat for their upcoming album "Here We Go Love," due for release in August, 2017. Additionally, you can catch him playing - and "acting" - on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, currently available on Netflix. You can check out more of Nate's performing and recording credits here.

In addition to his busy performing schedule, Nate is a mainstay and 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, 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 USC. Prior to his college teaching career he was the applied bass instructor at both the South Pasadena Music Center and Harvard-Westlake High School. He continues to maintain an private instructional studio consisting of bass students of all ages and levels.

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. Upon reaching adulthood, he 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. Nate additionally studied Audio Recording at Long Beach City College and is an Avid Certified Pro Tools User.