Ann Delisi’s Essential Conversations: Don Was

Ann Delisi talks with musician, producer, and Blue Note Records President Don Was, about producing, his kids, Iggy Pop and why he won’t write a book.

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 WDET presents Ann Delisi’s Essential Conversations podcast. 

Hosted by Detroit storyteller Ann Delisi, this interview series recognizes the creative spirit of local and national celebrities. 

In each episode, Delisi sits down with local and nationally recognized professionals in the fields of music, news and the arts for insightful conversations exploring their work and inspiration.

In episode five, Delisi speaks with Don Was about his family life, working with some of the best musicians on earth, and what it takes to be a great producer.

“I’m nervous before every single session, and it really doesn’t matter how famous somebody is,” describes Was. “There is this one mysterious element to all this that you don’t really know how to make something great. And over a period of time, you learn how to increase the odds.”

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  • Ann Delisi hosts Essential Music, the Essential Conversations podcast series and the Essential Cooking broadcast and podcast. Born and raised in the Motor City, Ann is a broadcaster, interviewer, producer, music host, storyteller and proud Detroiter.