Wif Stenger started out in university radio, then writing a weekly column for New York Press focusing on the downtown improvised music scene. Later he contributed to Rolling Stone, Spin, Billboard, Baltimore City Paper and Miami New Times as well as various music and travel books. After studying music history at the New School and journalism at Harvard, he moved to Helsinki. He works for the Finnish Broadcasting Company alongside freelance gigs for Songlines, Monocle, The Guardian, Deutsche Welle and Finnish Music Quarterly. He has been contributing to JJ since 2013, including profiles of Kamasi Washington, Vijay Iyer and Peter Erskine.