Using music, text, and sound Hicks explores various themes, including identity, economics, marriage, and religion, through compositions and performances that range from singer/songwriter-style presentations, and recordings, to interdisciplinary and collaborative performance works involving movement and set design. His work has been featured at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Baryshnikov Arts Center, PS 122, The Julliard School,The Knitting Factory, Jack, Arlene’s Grocery, Pianos and Bowery Poetry Club. He was a member of Kara Walker's 6-8 Months Space and in 2014 completed a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council process space residency with Kaneza Schaal as a performer and sound designer for Schaal's Go Forth, which premiered during PS 122's COIL Festival in 2016. Justin was also a performer and sound designer for both The Geneva Project by Jennifer Harrison Newman and Charlotte Brathwaite (Jack 2015), as well as the Obie Award winning (Abigail Deville design) production of Prophetika: An Oratorio by Charlotte Brathwaite (LaMama 2015). His work The Odetta Project: Waterboy and the Mighty World, was shown at Bowery Arts and Science in 2014 and was featured during the Freedom Songs Festival: Which Side Are You On, Friend? at Jack in 2015. He served as music director for Steffani Jemison's Promise Machine (MoMA 2015), and is currently working with Jemison on Mikrokosmos, a performance vocabulary that uses musical literacy as subject and form. Inspired by diverse approaches to music pedagogy and musical language, the work connects visual signs, musical symbols, and real world referents. Mikrokosmos is commissioned by Steirischer Herbst; it will be deployed in a site-specific performance for the Neuemuseum Graz, Austria, in October 2016.