So normally when working with a mix, I generally (or at least I was taught to) mix with the rhythm section first and work my way up. In recency however, I've been hearing that it's more advantageous to work the other way saving the low end for last aka starting with mid-high responsive tracks, and working towards the low later.
The advantages these people claim: Saves your listening accuracy for a lot longer Slows down listening fatigue Allows you to concentrate on the bulk of what makes the mix "good" while giving you freedom to tighten up the troublesome 200Hz - 1k areas.
In rooms that seem less than adequate for bass heavy mixes (most home studios), it seems that this direction would be better too...at least initially.
Naturally with everything creative of course "There are no rules" so working either way is a matter of preference, but I do believe in some forms of best practices in specifics situations, and if this could aid me in strengthening my stereo separation, then I would like to at least try it.
That said, can anyone vouch for this approach? What are the disadvantages of starting the mix with elements that aren't necessarily the focus point of the song? Does it "tend" to change the mix's focus over a prolonged period, or...well...does it just work? Lastly, would/does this approach work for bass heavy mixes and what other new problems may arise if any?
Thoughts please as I would like to try this on my next mix.