In my early days of making music (late 90's), I would never mix. Everything was mud. And then after learning of the magic of mixing, I always mixed during composition. In later years, I did conceive of the concept of composing everything before mixing, but then I realized that in electronic music, the sonic qualities were part of composition. Sooo in summation with regards to this thread: I feel mixing and composing simultaneously are essential. The ultra hardcore clinical eq shit, though, that can wait until every aspect is in place.
Composing = adding.
Mixing = taking away.
If music composition is thought about like working on a clay maquette, both adding and taking away are required.
Summation of summation: Final result is important. Getting to the final result in the most efficient or enjoyable manner is important; order of actions is irrelevant.
random p.s. shiz: Knowing when not to mix, can be pretty tough. Sometimes it takes hours of mixing to realize that somehow everything sits fine in the original.
Edited by peace 7, 30 July 2014 - 02:42 AM.