Grizzly Bear producer Chris Taylor:
“Speaking personally, the biggest benefit is not having to worry about it anymore,” Taylor says. “After I’ve recorded and produced the thing, and wrote the thing and played on the thing for 5 months, I don’t want to have to worry about mixing it, too.”
“It was also great to be able to focus on production and on the bigger picture stuff, and not to have to worry about 160hz here and there and get worn out on all that.”
This is a really great article/interview that explores the difference between mixing and producing. Of course, many people do both, but it’s very important to recognise that they’re different activities, which require very different mindsets.
Whoever wears the producer hat is concerned with creative direction and songwriting and communicating a message to listeners. Of course, it’s also about managing the people and the schedule and the budget and the resources and egos and the lunch money. The producer is the captain of the ship.
Whoever wears the engineer hat is concerned about making all the sounds work together. S/he is all about frequencies and ratios and reverb shapes and phase and transients. The engineer is in the engine room in the bowels of the ship operating all the machines. So that the captain doesn’t have to worry about operating the machines.
Know your strengths, and know what you want to focus on.
Are you a primarily a producer? Or an engineer? Or both?